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Light Up Your Home And Your Mood With These Three Tips

Light in the home can either come from sunlight, electricity, and even your home decor. While you could easily keep your lights on all day, that option may not be too good when your electrical bill arrives. To help avoid a huge electric bill, you could also utilize sunlight from the outside. This will help you keep your lighting bill down and can easily be done with the help of windows and doors. One other way to light up your home and mood is through the use of decorative techniques. In an effort to help you lighten up your life, here are some tips to help you get started. 

Add Some Sunlight In

Depending on where you live in the United States, you could get many hours of sunlight or very little sunlight. Sunlight has tons of benefits for us, but none more greater than improving our health. In fact, exposure to sunlight can help increase the level of serotonin in your body. Low levels of serotonin is know to make a person more depressed and could contribute to seasonal affective disorder. To help boost the mood and ward off the condition known as SAD, an increase in exposure to sunlight can help do just that.

Many homeowners think to add windows to the kitchen and living room because this is where more people gather, but any room can benefit from a window. Even stairways and closets could benefit from having an additional window to bring in sunlight. To get the most sunlight available, you want to determine which direction the sun shines on the house and place the windows in these areas. 

Focus on the Placement of Lighting

If you are looking to brighten up a room with lighting, you want to steer clear of recessed lighting. Instead of lighting that is directed downward, you want lighting that is reflected off the ceiling. This helps make the room brighter. It can also reduce the amount of shadows that fill the room. Cove and valence lighting can help achieve the bouncing of light off the ceiling. You can also add fluorescent lighting behind tall furniture that doesn't go all the way up to the ceiling. This can also help brighten up the room and divert people's attention up. 

Decorate Your Home Properly

Even decorating your home can be helpful in making it appear brighter. Something as simple as adding mirrors to the wall can help make your room look both larger and brighter. You also want to be conscious about what color you choose to paint the walls. A lighter color will have a major impact on how much brighter the room is than a darker color. Additionally, any furniture and fabric should remain on the lighter side if the room appears to be small and dark. By keeping your bulbs and windows clean, you can help keep the room much brighter.