Lightening up your Home

vancouver Home LightingWhile many people realize how important good flow and design is to a home, fewer are aware of the importance of lighting.  Lighting can alter mood and create just the right atmosphere in any room.  Simply imagine the beauty of waking to a flood of natural morning light streaming into your kitchen.

Though not all homes will have the benefit of huge windows and floods of natural light, there are many things you can do to harness the light your Vancouver home does receive.

For those who are planning on doing renovations on their Vancouver or Kitsilano home, you’ll want to consider just how any major changes are going to affect the light in your home.  And while of course there are many other factors to consider, this essential element can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of your home.

Ways to increase the light in your home can include opening up spaces and knocking down walls that hinder light transfer.  Open concept design definitely heightens the feeling and flow of light through the house.

Hallways, entrances and any other areas that have low light can greatly benefit from skylights if at all possible.  These offer good natural light to areas that tend to be rather dark.

Decluttering is also essential to maintaining a feeling of airy lightness.  Built in shelving and other clutter hiding options are great ways to minimize the feelings of being overwhelmed by minutia.

Light coloured furniture also helps to give your home that Zen quality.  Choose ornaments and accessories for display carefully.  If you have a number of things you like to display, simply rotate them throughout the year.  Keep most spaces free and clear of
clutter and avoid overdesign.

Of course anywhere that you can add a window is great, but in spaces where that simply isn’t possible you will have to be more creative.  Light colours on the walls, translucent or sheer wall hangings and a few well placed artificial lamps and lights will help.

Getting a designer to help you lighten up your home when possible will certainly yield best results, but many of these tips can be done by simply clearing space, choosing colours and additions wisely and keeping a strict no clutter home.

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