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Friday, June 21, 2019

4 Budget-Friendly Ways to Brighten Up a Dingy Home

4 Budget-Friendly Ways to Brighten Up a Dingy Home
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You do not have to spend a fortune to create the home of your dreams. 

With a little creativity and smart thinking, you can brighten up any dreary home. Here are four budget-friendly ways to lighten up any dingy home:

Brighten with White

Rooms painted and decorated in light colors will appear brighter than the same space that is outfitted with dark colors and fixtures. White is the best choice of color when looking to make your house look less dingy. This non-hue does not absorb color, meaning that it sends light bouncing back to other surfaces. This scattering of light makes any room feel brighter and airier.

Touch Up Your Windows

The windows are the source of light for your home. Thus, it makes sense that they need to be clean and free of debris so that light can filter in at maximum effectiveness. The material and style of your frames also make a big difference in how much light makes it through. In addition to giving your windows regular cleanings, be sure to pay attention to the color of the frames and the window dressings. Lighter colored frames will reflect light more naturally and brighten the entire room while breezy curtains will create a softer effect in the space.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

The old trick of adding mirrors to a room to make it look brighter and bigger truly works. You can double the amount of sunlight that streams into a room by hanging mirrors that reflect light. Strategically hanging a large mirror directly across from a big window will yield the most effective brightening results. Or try a small collection of mirrors in different sizes to lighten a dark and dingy staircase. The good thing about mirrors is while there are some more expensive ones out there, there are also lots of mirrors you can buy that are pretty cheap.

Update Light Bulbs

The bulbs in your lighting fixtures can play a big role in how bright a room appears. LED bulbs with a brighter output will instantly brighten a room. A cooler daylight color of bulb can transform a room from dark and grey to light and cheery. A true white bulb will deliver the most brightness.

You do not have to live with a dark and dingy home. The right color palette and decor items can turn any dreary space into something that sparkles and shines with brightness. By getting creative, you can design this look on any budget.

If you’re looking to do more than just brighten up your home, check out this other article for more ideas on home improvement projects that you can do on a budget!

Thank you for stopping by and checking out our 4 Budget-Friendly Ways to Brighten Up a Dingy Home! Which tip did you find most helpful? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! 

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  1. Brightening the white is nice. It'll make the space bigger.. right?

  2. Brightening white is super cool as you feel very relaxed too. Cool post!


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