Tips To Lighten Up The Family Room

Posted on May 27 2015 - 2:43am by Johnny B

They say that the family room is the heart and soul of any home, so why not make the most of the space by making it as light and airy as you can. There are lots of ways that you make the room brighter, and cheerier and we share some of them here with you.

Paint your ceiling a bright colour

Have you ever noticed how much bigger the sky seems when it is a bright and sunny day? You can achieve a similar effect by painting your ceiling a bright colour, or even white. As well as helping to brighten the room it will also make the space feel bigger.

With dark colours, the ceiling will always seem much lower down which will of course make the room seem smaller.

Choose your flooring carefully

The floor colouring can have a similar effect as the ceiling, affecting overall brightness and perception of size. A light coloured and shiny floor can enhance the effect but if you prefer carpet then a light colour will work just as well.

A combination of hard floor and soft rug is excellent for family movie night too. The rug gives something warm and soft to sprawl on, while cups and bowls have a steadier surface off the rug.

Make the very most of any natural light that you can

Blinds or plantation shutters by Sunburst on the windows are much better than curtains for making a room seem brighter. Light can be directed, which is what makes these kinds of window coverings so useful. As well as being excellent choices for making a room brighter, and seem bigger, they can also be adjusted more effectively than curtains or drapes.

Strategically placed mirrors

Mirrors are not often considered when it comes to trying to open up a room, or make it brighter.

Using them in the right way, you can use reflections to make the room look much bigger than it really is. When used in tandem with shutters or blinds they can work wonders on a room. If you have a glass coffee table, try putting a suitably sized mirror on the top. It doesn’t have to be glass, but the overall look is much better with one.

Make use of recessed lighting

Apart from looking stunning, recessed lights can add a lot of depth to a room. If you have a dark paneled ceiling that you really don’t want to paint over then lighting can help a lot.

Dark colours have a way of sucking the light out of a room, so offsetting that with cleverly placed lights can transform a room.

The next time that you and your family are all together watching a movie, you will be able to do so with the feeling of being in a much larger space rather than feeling squashed. Hopefully these quick tips will help you brighten and really open up that room. Family time is meant to be fun, let’s make it a comfy time as well.


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