Lightening up your space isn’t just for visual appeal. As the end of summer approaches, that means that the days will begin to shorten. Brightening your space will help maximize the light you get every day, no matter how much daylight you have! Having a bright space not only looks better, but it can help you feel better too. 

Here are some ways to brighten your space to bring summer into your house when you don’t feel like going outside in this Texas heat!

Paint it!

You don’t need white walls to have a bright space. If you pick paint colors that are saturated but still light, your walls will still reflect light. Consider using a bright, soft sage or similar colors that can bring new life and extra light to your space. I absolutely LOVE this color, Gratifying Green, by Sherwin Williams. 

If you have a room that gets natural light but just not enough, add mirrors! Strategically placing mirrors to reflect natural light will make that room come alive, as well as placing it near plants to make it seem like you have more greenery in your space bringing Mother Nature indoors.

Keep Contrast

Don’t just paint every wall white. If every surface in your kitchen is white, it will get a little dull – and hard to maintain. Add a colorful backsplash or update your kitchen accessories to complement your white cabinets or walls, heck, you can even paint the cabinets!

Update Window Treatments

Your curtains may be stopping that natural light from entering your home. Consider replacing your window treatments with something sheer or semi-sheer, that will still provide privacy while allowing light in. Blackout curtains are great for sleep, but not when you’re awake; it can make your home feel gloomy and depressing if it’s too dark indoors. 

Replace Doors

If your house isn’t full of windows and you aren’t ready to install new ones in, consider a door replacement! Many doors offer privacy glass that will allow you to let natural light in and keep neighbor eyes out.