Light and bright

FOL­LOW THESE DO’S AND DON’TS TO UP­GRADE YOUR HOME THIS SPRING

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Contents - By Cathy Hobbs

Spring can be a time of tran­si­tion in more ways than one. Yes, the days are longer and brighter, but your home can be trans­formed as well. If you are look­ing for some ways to brighten and lighten your home this spring, here are some of our top tips.

DO

1. Mir­rors

Use lots of mir­rors. Mir­rors are a won­der­ful way to both bounce light as well as bring it in, es­pe­cially in ar­eas that may not re­ceive a lot of nat­u­ral sun­light.

2. Colours

Use bright colours that can mimic sun­shine. In the warmer months, think of us­ing warmer colours as well. This is the per­fect time to in­fuse colours such as yel­low, red and orange.

3. Lighter tones

In­cor­po­rate lighter tones as ac­cents or even pri­mary colours. Bright and bold too over­whelm­ing for your space? Then think of us­ing soft, sooth­ing colours such as soft gray, white and pow­der blue.

4. Citrus colours

Con­sider citrus colours such as green and char­treuse. When paired with softer, lighter colours, the ef­fect can be one that is fresh, crisp and clean.

5. Go green

Bring the out­doors in. Now is a won­der­ful time to bring in some out­door el­e­ments in­side the home. Whether it is green­ery such as or­chids and trees or branches and river stones, con­sider in­cor­po­rat­ing a bit of the out­doors to help to in­vig­o­rate your home in an in­ter­est­ing way.

DON’T

1. Ba­sic white

Don’t for­get white is a colour. So of­ten white is ig­nored. It’s not only a great foun­da­tion colour, but also a great ac­cent colour as well.

2. Out­door space

Don’t for­get your out­door space is an ex­ten­sion of your home. Don’t make your out­door pa­tio, ter­race, deck or bal­cony a dis­carded space. In­stead, now that the tem­per­a­tures are warmer, be sure to use the space, while also mak­ing it feel cosy and invit­ing. Some ideas in­clude in­cor­po­rat­ing light­ing such as lanterns or torches as well as el­e­ments such as bright, fes­tive out­door area rugs and toss pil­lows.

3. Land­scap­ing

Don’t for­get about curb ap­peal. Spring and fall are typ­i­cally the busiest sea­sons for those in the land­scape busi­ness and there is a rea­son why! Now that spring has ar­rived, now is the time to help en­sure your land­scape shows at its very best. Con­sider new plant­ings and other el­e­ments such as fresh mulch.

4. Dark colours

Don’t use colours that are overly dark and drab. If you are look­ing for ways to have your home feel light and bright, over­load­ing your space with dark or muddy colours will hurt rather than en­hance. While darker colours and tones can be used as ac­cents, in this case, less is more.

5. Ac­cents

Don’t be afraid to use metal­lic ac­cents and dé­cor el­e­ments. Sil­ver and brass re­main two of the hot fin­ishes right now and are the per­fect way to bring el­e­ments that are bright and light into your home.

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