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Design Tips for A Bright Home on Dark Days

Updated: Oct 25

Published by Emily Huddleston


Whether you’re ready or not, the temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing colors, and soon you’ll be preparing your home for winter. Unfortunately, this also means shorter, darker days are ahead, which can wreak havoc on your sleep schedule and mood. The good news is – you can still keep your spirits up and enjoy your time inside by trying to make your home as bright and cheery as possible.


To help you get started, I, along with other top interior designers from across the country, shared some of our best tips and tricks with Redfin for brightening up your home. Check out what we had to say so you can start adding some extra light to your home before the gloomy days settle in!



Amplify the interior ambiance. I love taking advantage of these darker days by amplifying the interior ambiance by installing multiple levels of lighting. Think pendants, wall sconces, and floor lamps all on dimmers allowing some of the vintage Edison bulbs filaments to be visible. Incorporating mildly-distressed and aged timbers like a reclaimed mantle, planked ceiling, and accent walls will cast a soft, warm glow highlighting the aged characteristics of the wood creating a cozy, natural organic atmosphere. – Virginia DesRoches Design



Approach the lighting in your home at three levels. From the top-down, bottom-up, and incandescent lighting at eye level. Top-down lights, such as recessed lighting, illuminate countertop surfaces, and corners of the room. Eye-level lighting includes fixtures such as table lamps or hanging pendants that create ambient lighting to help our home feel cozy, and allow us to utilize spaces such as end tables and desktops. For extra drama, you can use up-lighting (which are inexpensive and can be purchased at any big box store) and are great dropped in corners behind plants or a floor vase to create depth, shadow, and drama in your home. – Principal Interior Designer, Mikaelah Seifrits, Southern Grace Interiors



Cozy up your outdoor space. For my family (especially during covid), we spend the end of our workday in the backyard with a glass of wine and the pets. As the temps get cooler I prepped for our outdoor time in the backyard with a heat lamp and some new outdoor blankets. These have been essential to continuing our nightly outdoor time, especially if we’ve been stuck in the house working remotely all day. – Britney Melisse Design




Brighten your home by adding soft textiles. These can include area rugs, pillows, and window treatments that have a lighter background color. The added contrast will brighten against dark wood floors, sofas, and walls. – Florida Living Quarters



Incorporate biophilic design. As the amount of daylight hours lessens, some of us will feel a little down. Biophilic design can help lift one’s spirit by adding houseplants and increasing your artificial light levels for their (and your) best health. Employing Mother Nature in patterns, materials, and plants (artificial work too, for those without a green thumb), in addition to increasing your artificial light levels, will add loads to your cozy, warm, nurturing winter cocoon. – Marc t Nielsen Interiors



Let in as much natural light as possible. Natural light is the most important element in brightening your home when darker days set in. We recommend keeping shades open or installing sheers to filter light and provide privacy, wherever possible. If nighttime privacy is a concern, consider adding layered window treatments to fit multiple needs like double drapery treatments that can be pulled at night for privacy, light control, and warmth. – Lotus + Lilac Design Studio


Switch out your light bulbs. Change out your 3000+ kelvin bulbs and replace them with 2700 for a still bright but warmer light. – Elles Designs


For the entire article https://www.redfin.com/blog/design-tips-for-a-bright-home-on-dark-days/


Thanks for stopping by, until next time


-Virginia




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