Brighten your home

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - Real Estate - JULIET LOVE

A BRIGHT home is a happy home. Take some sim­ple steps to im­prove your space and add a fresh, new feel­ing. Ev­ery time you walk through your front door it should be a breath of fresh air.

1. Al­low more nat­u­ral light in Re­move heavy, out­dated win­dow treat­ments such as drapes or cur­tains, and re­place them with plan­ta­tion shut­ters or mod­ern blinds. A pel­met will give a de­signer fin­ish.

2. Paint walls a neu­tral shade The power of white paint can’t be un­der­es­ti­mated. There are so many shades of white that it can be over­whelm­ing but by ad­just­ing your walls from cream or beige, to a crisp white, will make an enor­mous dif­fer­ence.

3. Use a gloss paint on doors, win­dow frames and ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures

Gloss paint cre­ates a re­flec­tive sur­face which will make your home feel brighter.

Pain­ters gen­er­ally don’t like to use it as it’s slightly more time con­sum­ing, but don’t let them talk you out of it.

4. Add some per­son­al­ity with soft fur­nish­ings

Colour can be in­tro­duced via cush­ions, throws and rugs, which will in­ject some in­ter­est and cheer into the room. There are so many de­signer op­tions avail­able now at af­ford­able prices, you have no ex­cuse not to up­date.

5. Use mir­rors Mir­rors on the wall, or in­deed mir­rored fur­ni­ture, will both have the same ef­fect – they will add another di­men­sion to the room and add a feel­ing of light­ness and spa­cious­ness.

6. Add a vi­brant art­work Art is a bril­liant way to brighten any room, and cre­ates a great fo­cal point.

Af­ford­able stretched can­vases are avail­able online in a va­ri­ety of gen­res – from ab­stract to botan­i­cal to suit your own dec­o­ra­tive style.

7. In­stall new light­ing to il­lu­mi­nate your in­te­rior at night

Some new, mod­ern down­lights, or even free­stand­ing lamps will add ar­ti­fi­cial light where needed and will be an in­stant fix.

Track light­ing placed strate­gi­cally will throw light out into the room, and can be an­gled for spe­cific tasks.

8. Re­think your floor plan Some­times if you’ve lived in a home for a pe­riod of time it’s dif­fi­cult to see how a room could work in any other way.

Just by shift­ing fur­ni­ture into a new po­si­tion, you can cre­ate a whole new look and feel­ing of spa­cious­ness. Juliet Love is a stylist and in­te­rior de­signer who runs her own busi­ness, Love Style. Visit lovestyle.com.au

Pic­ture: THINKSTOCK

BRIGHT IDEAS: Re­move out­dated win­dow treat­ments and re­place them with mod­ern blinds to al­low more light into your home.

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