Maybe it’s the darker time of year that makes us crave light and colour. The truth is these two things are essential to us. Each affects us in mood and attitude. Both are things we can control. Why then do we settle for such dull colours in our houses? Why do we keep the light restricted? If we know that bright colours will lift our mood then why not use them? If we know that dark and dull light makes us dreary, why don’t we take simple steps to brighten up our homes? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Lifting colour around you.
Take a look at the walls of your home. What are they saying to you? The season for Beige, Spanish White or Magnolia is over! Get into a splash of bright paint. Go for a feature wall in every room. Use colour swatches to help you, but the rainbow is your limit. Think about how colour affects you. Red for passion, Yellow for the sun and good mood feelings, Greens and Blues for relaxation. Purple for creating with passion.
You don’t have to change the furniture to get a blast of colour. Why not invest in some funky throws or scatter cushions for a colourful change? Get a blank wall and choose a great big print to bring some artistic touches to your room.
Let natural light in
If heavy and dark curtains are getting you down. Take them down and see what happens. Most likely the room will flood with daylight. This is exactly what you want to encourage. Get that light in. It makes us feel better. It makes us feel more alive. Maybe replace your dark curtains with lighter alternatives. Canvas used for sails makes a lovely light curtain replacement. Consider using blinds instead for a lighter feel. Roman Blinds can make a nice compromise. Bamboo blinds always have a touch of exotic.
Use your lights wisely
There are some great hi-tech lighting solutions these days. Lighting Design Specialists are making LED and fibre optics an art form in their own right. You could have bespoke lighting solutions to bring colour and light in unusual ways into your home or garden. Entire panels can be illuminated making spaces funky and interesting. Lights can be used in all sorts of combinations to create interest and add that wow factor in your home such as an industrial chandelier.
Fibre Optics can make lights seem like sculptural forms. If you have tired and yellow pendant lights why not make the change to LED bulbs? They’ll give off a more ambient light and save you money at the same time. You can even have a light feature that can adjust its colour according to your need and mood!
This the perfect time of year to embrace all the possibilities of light and colour. Such changes don’t have to be radical or even cost the earth. Even the addition of a lamp into one dark corner of a room could be enough to make a big difference. Not only will it make for a better ambience it might also give you more light for reading or indulging in your favourite craft activity. Brighten up your life and home with light and colour.