New Year: Making Your Home Brighter on Dark Days

by Matty ByloosJanuary 18, 2016

Your Home Doesn’t Have to Be Gloomy Just Because the Sun Is Away for the Season

Winter has come again, and with it the weather has turned gloomy, while the sun has sunk in the sky. If you’re like many of us, then you may also suffer through the lack of light in winter, hoping for an occasional sunny day, anxiously waiting for spring, thinking there’s nothing you can do about it.

Well, you’re wrong. There is something you can do to brighten up your home, and your mood, even in the darkest days of winter.

You may not have an invincible summer within you like French philosopher Albert Camus, but with a few tricks, you can brighten up your home with very little expense and very little work. We present here, a quick guide to chasing away the gloom that comes with winter by adjusting your home décor, your lighting, and other small things around the home.

If you find that winter has still got you down after all of this, then you may need to see a specialist regarding Seasonal Affective Disorder!
Modern spacious lounge or living room interior with monochromatic white furniture and decor below three tall bright windows with a dark bookcase accent in the corner. 3d Rendering.

Change the Color of your Walls or Furniture

If you have black, brown, gray, or other dark-colored walls, furniture, or other decorations, consider swapping them out for white or brightly colored furniture and décor. The darker the color, the more light is absorbed rather than reflected. In fact, black absorbs all wavelengths of light, and white reflects all of them.

So basically, an all-white room with all white furniture will do the most to reflect and re-purpose whatever light comes into the room. Additionally, consider adding more mirrors and other reflective surfaces to your décor. In addition to adding the illusion of space, they also double the longevity of the light in your rooms.

Open Your House Up to Natural Light as Much as Possible

No matter how hard your lamps and overhead lights try, they cannot replicate the warming and enlivening power of the sun. Even on cloudy days, the filtered sunlight coming through the gray can do wonders to brighten up a room, and to help drive away the gloom. If you must use window coverings in the winter, then opt for the sheerest fabric and lightest colors you can find.
Interior of minimalistic modern bright dining room
Also, make sure that you’re not blocking available light with indoor plants, furniture, or outdoor landscaping. And, if it’s in your budget, consider putting in more south-facing windows and a skylight or two.

Consider Changing Your Lightbulbs

Most lighting manufactures carry a wide range of various kinds of light bulbs these days. From full spectrum light bulbs, to heat lamps, to eco-friendly compact fluorescents and high wattage clear bulbs, there are a great many light bulbs to choose from.

Some will brighten your room and some will even mimic the effect of the sun on your skin, allowing for more production of mood-elevating Vitamin D.
tree branches in a dark cloudy sky, winter photo

You Don’t Have to Suffer Through Another Gloomy Winter

The winter doldrums are not a foregone conclusion. With a modicum of expense and a little creative redecorating, almost any room can be brightened up. Your mood will thank you and so will your health.

And though winter is only temporary, the effects of darker, shorter days needn’t really be felt by you at all. Imagine your home as bright and lovely in the winter months as it is the rest of the year.

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About The Author
Matty Byloos
Matty is the Content Marketing Specialist for Homes.com. He's a newly minted homeowner who currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife. When he's not working, he enjoys writing fiction, working on the house, and enjoying the amazing nature that the city has to offer. He is also the founder of NOVEL Creative Agency.

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