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6 Ways to Make your Home Brighter this Winter
The days are quickly growing shorter and cloudier. The winter gloom is threatening to descend, even in this beautiful valley we call home. If your home is starting to feel a bit dark, think about adopting some of these 6 strategies to make your home brighter during the long winter months.
#1 Store the Screens
One quick way to get 30% more light streaming into your home is to remove your window screens and store them during the winter. Give them a quick rinse before putting them away and you'll have the added bonus of clean screens once the temps finally warm again in the spring. The added bonus of the increased sunlight in your rooms is a slight increase in temperature as well.
#2 Get inspired by the Swedes
The Swedes know how to make the most of limited light - there's hardly any daylight from November to January there! You'll notice Swedish design incorporates a lot of white walls and light wood floors. If you're not looking to paint all your walls and switch out your floors, consider putting white or light gray slipcovers on couches and adding some light colored area rugs.
#3 Get some new light bulbs
Replace your incandescent lights with bright white LED lights, while paying attention to a few factors. The higher the K rating on a bulb, the cooler and whiter the light will be (a nice cool white light will be 3,500k to 4,000k). A bulb that is closest to natural daylight will have a rating of 5,000k to 6,500k. Just a hint though - you may want to limit the use of high K bulbs to grow rooms, unless you have a desire to don sunglasses indoors.
#4 Mirror, mirror on the wall
You may be surprised at the difference adding a few mirrors to your space can make. Mirrors reflect light and brighten rooms considerably. If you cringe at the price of large mirrors, consider adding a gallery wall of smaller mirrors in different shapes and sizes.
#5 Trim branches & shrubs
If you have shrubs growing up into your window space, it's time to get out the pruning shears. Also consider trimming tree branches that are blocking your coveted natural light from entering.
#6 Clean your windows
This may not be an attractive suggestion when it's freezing outside, but a clean window lets in substantially more light than a dirty window. Even if you can't get the outside of the window cleaned due to weather, cleaning just the inside will make a significant improvement as well.
Whether you're looking to list your home, or simply survive the window, following these tips will give you a much brighter home for the winter months!
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