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Brighten Up Your Home10/21/2015
Brighten up your home with these helpful tips from our friends at Kichler Lighting
Easy Ways To Brighten Up Your Home
Does your home feel drab or dark? Are you tired of the same old rooms and color schemes?
There are many easy, cost-effective ways to brighten your home’s appearance, cheering up its occupants in the process.
From fresh coats of paint to sunny lighting schemes to lively window treatments, small changes can have a big impact on your home.
Some lighting projects can be tackled in just one short weekend.
By literally letting more light into your home, you can make your days more cheerful.
Try replacing heavy drapes or dark colored shades with translucent curtains?or blinds.
This way, you let in natural light while keeping prying eyes at bay.
Other ways to invite natural light into your home include adding internal windows within rooms to let light flow from one space to another or installing skylights.
Your lighting scheme can set different moods in different rooms.
To make a room both cheerful and?efficient, use three different types of lighting:
- Ambient, or background, lighting
- Task lighting
- Accent lighting
LED lighting is perfect to illuminate places for reading, food preparation, dressing or other tasks. With a very long lifespan, such lights may never need to be replaced and can save you money on electricity bills because they are brighter with lower wattage.
The latest in accent lighting is rolls of remarkably thin LED Tape from Kichler, that can easily fit into small places and installs simply with the adhesive backing. This type of sleek, modern accent lighting adds drama to a room and is actually priced lower than non-LED options!
??The right lighting can be both functional and?aesthetic.
“Accent lights like these use little energy so they can stay on all night, an added plus for homes with small children or when overnight guests visit,” says Jeff Dross, Kichler's Corporate Director of Education and Industry Trends. “No two homes are alike, and their lighting shouldn’t be either.”
Warmth and Color
Liven up rooms by selecting a bright color scheme.Paint sets the basic tone, so choose a light color, such as inviting yellows or cheery pastels. Remember, dark colors can absorb light and make rooms darker. You can paint an entire room a bright color or just one wall.
You can add warmth as well as color by layering?on pillows and throws to accent favorite pieces of?furniture.
For more creative home decorating ideas, visit the American Society of Interior Designers at www.asid.org?and click on “Consumer Center.”
And for new energy-efficient home lighting ideas, visit our style guide.
The brighter you make your home, the more cheerful it will become for you and your guests.
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