Too Dim? 4 Ways to Add More Lighting to Your Home

Too Dim? 4 Ways to Add More Lighting to Your Home
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    You can have the best, most sophisticated interior design in the world, but unless your lighting is up to par, no one is going to see it.


Here are just a few ways to banish the shadows from your home and cast new light on your decor.

1. Install Better Windows

This will take a little money upfront, but it’s one of the best long-term solutions for increased home lighting. Light bulbs will fizzle out, but windows are forever. Start the remodeling process by taking a walk around your home and identifying windows that could be made bigger, bolder or more energy-efficient. Then contact window professionals and see what services that they offer. They might even be able to install brand-new windows on plain wall sections for bonus indoor lighting.

2. Try Different Light Fixtures

If you’re still using basic halogen bulbs in a circular dome in the middle of your ceiling, you’re missing out on endless ways to customize your home lighting. Put a chandelier in your foyer to impress your guests as soon as they walk through the door.

Hang some warm, glass-fronted pendant lights in your dining room. Install track lighting above your kitchen island. There are many ways to light up a room, so think outside of the box as you plan your new home design.

3. Accentuate Your Space with Mirrors

Mirrors are a nifty trick for making small spaces seem bigger. As a bonus, they can also reflect your home lighting and amp up the illumination of a room without forcing you to remodel the entire space.

If you have any windows that get good sunlight, hang a mirror on the wall directly across from them to bounce the rays around the room. If your lamps are looking a bit dim, put a mirror on the wall behind them so that their bulbs will glow twofold.

4. Invest In More Lamps

Speaking of lamps, you don’t have to be satisfied with traditional cone shapes in muted beige colors. Get creative with lamp shades in the form of drums, hexagons and empire squares. Have fun with bases and pedestals that look like Chinese pagodas or Roman columns. Buy floor lamps and wall-mounted lamps. Find lamps in all shapes, sizes, colors, patterns and designs. There’s a whole world of lamps out there, so let go of beige cones.

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of your home decor, so don’t cut corners when it comes to illuminating your space. Use these four tips to increase the amount of light around your house, and don’t be afraid to think beyond these suggestions, too.

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.