What Are The Interior Design Tips To Make Your Home Bright And Airy?

When it comes to interior design, many people think that the only way to make a space look bright and airy is to add a lot of light fixtures and white paint.

While this can certainly help, there are several other ways you can brighten up a room without spending a lot of money or going through a lot of hassle.

We'll share some tips on making your home look brighter and airier in this post. Keep reading for more!

Open The Room

One easy way to open up a room is to keep furniture from blocking windows and doorways. Open windows and exterior doors extend the visual line and create the illusion of depth by connecting the room with the outdoors.

The result is a feeling of openness that greets you before you even step through the door. This technique requires little effort and instantly makes a room look bigger. 

I may remove walls to expand and open the space on more extensive projects. I can create an open, multifunctional space by removing unnecessary walls, cabinets, and closets and using built-ins with minimal lines. It keeps the look very sleek and seamless and supports a modern, open design.

Incorporate A Statement Piece

Adding a one-of-a-kind statement piece that matches your style and colour palette is another way to open up a room. The piece can be art, a light fixture, or even a piece of furniture. The idea is to position it in such a way as to anchor the space visually. When done properly, the eye is drawn to the item then moves into the open space.

A single "wow" piece shifts the focal point as desired, transforms the mood of a room, and makes a great inspiring" curiosity spot" for you and your visitors. It serves two purposes. First, it creates visual interest. Second, the open backdrop feels lighter and more open because of the visual contrast created by the anchor element. 

Use A Light Colour Palette.

Using a light colour palette is probably one of the more common techniques designers employ to give a home a light and airy feel. 

Once that is in place, you should also consider the choice of furniture. For example, a room with white oak flooring, off-white tones on the walls, and a mix of furniture and minimalistic decorative elements with soft pastel colouring create a light and airy environment.

Pro Tip: Don't be fooled into thinking that all light colours are the same. They are not. Whites, beiges, and creams all have undertones. You'll want those tones complementary to give the room an overall pleasing aesthetic. 

Incorporate Split Lighting.

Instead of having a single light source from overhead ceiling lights, consider adding various accent lights and arranging them in various positions around the room. This technique is both functional and fun as it creates an ambient atmosphere that is welcoming.

Remember, eyes are drawn to different corners of a room as light fills more spaces, and all these lighting types work together like an orchestra to maintain the desired look.

Pro tip: Light bulbs matter. Just as we discussed undertones in paint and fabric colours, it is important to be deliberate with your choice of light tones from lighting sources. 

" Reflect" The Room.

Placing mirrors extends a room as mirrors reflect the elements in the room and the colour and light surrounding those elements. It is important not to overuse mirrors by adding too many; rather, use them to optimise the visual effect with strategic placement. 

Pro Tip: Face the mirror when you want to enlarge the room. If you want the room to look longer, place the mirror lengthwise. If you want to make the ceiling look higher and the room shorter, place the mirror upwards.

Try Minimalist Art With A Single Subject.

Placing simple, clean art with a single focus that is not too busy can open up a room. When done properly, the art becomes the focal point, and the open space appears even more open, especially when accent lighting creates contrast. It gives any room a truly organic contemporary feel. 

Art need not be expensive. It can be anything that inspires you. Something as simple as black and white and pop-up artwork can have a dramatic effect. Some of my favourite shops for artwork include Yellowkorner and Lumas.

Pro Tip: Make sure the art you choose is not fussy or busy or will have the opposite effect.

"Float" Furniture.

Position furniture 2" -4" away from the walls to create additional space. Leaving space creates the illusion that the wall behind the piece, such as a sofa, is further away, making the room appear larger than it is.

Pro Tip: Make sure that the space is proportional to the room. Leave less space in smaller rooms to avoid overcrowding.

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Go See-Through.

Fine furniture such as lucite chairs, glass tables, or even a sofa leg support will give a room a cleaner and airy feel. 

Pro Tip: Choose pieces with solid accent lines to give the room a clean, open feel.

Limit Patterns.

Too many patterns can make a room look busy and cluttered, making a room appear smaller than it truly is. While limiting the patterns, mixing different fabric textures (soft vs. hard) can add dimension and extend the open, airy feel. 

For example, when I use two sofas in a room, I add one with a slightly different colour or texture. I choose a fabric with patterns to provide contrast when I add an armchair.

Pro Tip: Choose complementary pieces to ensure that your room flows well.

Experiment With Angles.

Placing furniture at the correct angle can lead the eye more smoothly around the room. In addition, angling the furniture can draw the eye to a larger, more purposeful focal point such as a fireplace or view.

In more extensive projects, consider placing flooring on an angle. While slightly more expensive due to the extra material this may take, it can open up a space, especially a smaller space.

Pro Tip: Rooms should have a natural flow. If your eye gets stuck when sweeping the room, consider moving the furniture around until the room feels open and welcoming.

Start With The Basics: Light Sources.

You're ready to make your home feel brighter, and you can probably guess the best place to start. Lighting makes a world of difference. Of course, the more natural light you can bring into your home this spring, the better, but where natural light falls short, think through how you fill in the gaps.

The higher a light is hung, the more it can simulate natural light. Recessed lighting is a huge help in adding brightness. You don't have to limit that light to your ceilings, either. Build recessed lighting into cabinets to add even more warmth.

Minimise Your Window Coverings

Window coverings can trap much of the light you want to bring into your home. On the contrary, light-coloured, lightweight, high curtains will make your windows feel open and airy.

If you normally have heavy or dark curtains hanging, consider swapping them out seasonally. This relatively easy change makes your home feel refreshed and ready for the warm months ahead.

Explore Outdoor Living

Don't limit yourself to the walls of your home. If you have outdoor space, use it. Setting out a few chairs where you can relax and enjoy the balmy spring evenings expands your living space to the outdoors, where you'll find an abundance of brightness.

You get extra points if you can set up your outdoor living area near an indoor one. Leaving the door open between the spaces connects the two, bringing that fresh feeling of the outdoors.

Hang Mirrors To Make Your Home Feel Brighter 

When you think about brightening your home, you think about adding light. Wouldn't it be great if you could take the light you already have shining inside and multiply it? There are mirrors. Strategically place mirror art near windows and doors, where natural light is abundant. The light will bounce off the mirror and into your home.

Elevate Your Furniture

Heavy, squat furniture doesn't favour you when trying to make your home feel airier. You don't have to buy a whole new furniture set, either. Instead, you can add new legs to couches and dressers, lifting them off the ground to add more breathing room around your furniture.

Swap out clunky desk, coffee table, and dining table legs for something that can carry the weight of your furniture without adding visual weight to the room, like hairpin legs.

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Decorate With Plants

Spring is a season for new life. You want to make your home feel brighter to carry some of that newness of spring into your living spaces. What better way to do that than bring living things into your home? Decorating with plants adds vibrancy to any room. A simple orchid on the dining table or a small tree in the corner can be enough to make a room feel alive and energised.

Spring is here, bringing a perfect time to refresh and energise your home. Use these tips to make each room in your house feel bright and airy.

Keep The Walls Clean And Light.

It may seem a little obvious, but keeping the walls a light shade will help to make the whole room feel lighter. White is a colour that is timeless in terms of interior design, so if you're unsure what to go for, you can't go wrong with white or a nice magnolia shade. Of course, you could always add a focus wall in one other colour if you don't want to go white completely.

If you like to hang pictures and photos on your walls, avoid using fussy frames; instead, stick to uniformed square or rectangular shapes that provide the wall with a clean line. We like these simple black frames, which would look great and modern on plain white walls.

Use Splashes Of A Bright And Cheery Colour

If you want to make your room feel more home but not dark, adding a few accent colour splashes can be effective, rather than going for a certain colour scheme. For example, choose a bright, cheery colour (options like yellow, aqua and coral are huge right now) and pick a few details in colour and add them to the room.

Invest In Some New Curtains

Making the most out of your natural light in the room, regardless of how limited it is, is important for making a room feel more airy and bright. If your curtains have seen better days, invest in some new ones. You could opt for sheer ones and thicker ones and permanently have the thicker ones open.

Eliminate Clutter And Mess

Any room ruled by clutter and mess will instantly feel drab and dark, so getting organised and ruthless when it comes to chucking things out will be important. Keep things off the floor and well maintained in terms of tidiness.

If you have things like shelving, avoid the temptation to display all of your possessions on them, too; instead, pick a few feature items for a more simplistic, clean feel.

Get Creative With Lighting

The right lighting can help create a sense of space. First and foremost, don't rely on a single source of light.

Rather, use multiple light sources around your room, such as ceiling lights, floor lamps, and table lamps on sideboards.

Next, use wall lights to enhance corners. For example, consider installing designer wall lights in awkward areas or corners to make the room appear wider.

You can also utilise the vertical space as a focal point by installing a long pendant hanging light from the ceiling. Again, it works well, especially if you have a high ceiling and smaller floor space.

Lastly, don't forget natural light. It's always the best way to lighten up a room and air your space. Let the sunlight in by using sheer window coverings and pulling them back completely during the day.

If you've got an eye on a piece of furniture that makes a one-of-a-kind statement piece, don't be afraid to buy it. As long as it matches your style and colour palette, it's a great way to open up your space.

Incorporate A Statement Piece

A statement piece can be anything, from an art to a light fixture or a piece of furniture. It works by shifting one's attention to the piece as a focal point rather than the size of the room.

When adding a statement piece, be mindful of the scale so you don't combine a huge item with something tiny.

Lastly, choose just one statement piece for a room. If you have too many, your space will look cramped and heavy.

Create A Focal Point

If you're not a fan of elaborate statement pieces, create a focal point instead. A focal point can be anything interesting to look at or is visually appealing. It can be artwork, floral arrangements, a paint colour, or a unique wall shelving.

Rustic wood ceiling beams make a room bigger because they draw your eyes upward, whereas a large round mirror creates a dramatic and spacious area.

A sizable potted tree or a collection of small plants also make an attractive focal point that doesn't just make your room appear bigger but also makes it brighter and refreshing.

Limit Patterns

Patterns and textures are a great way to add depth and dimension to your room. However, you have to be careful when using them.

The rule of thumb is to use at least three patterns. A popular combination is floral, stripe, and polka dots.

You can always experiment with matching patterns but make sure to distribute them evenly throughout the room for balance. Keeping them on one side of the room can make your space feel cramped and unbalanced.

Choose those with the same hue and intensity when it comes to colours. You can also go with tone-on-tone patterns to give a neutral room more depth, texture, and character.

Use Breezy Fabrics

Instead of heavy fabrics that absorb light and weigh down your room, opt for lighter and brighter fabrics that make your space breezier, cosier, and brighter.

Curtains made of sheer lace or lightweight cotton are perfect for the living room because they let more natural light come through.

For a pleasing look, choose colours that complement the shade of your walls. However, if you want the curtains to be the focus, you can pick a colour that contrasts with your walls and furniture.

Creating a bigger space is possible with a few interior design tricks. Hope these tips have inspired you to take a few steps further to make your home a lot cosier, brighter, and more beautiful.

Conclusion

So, if you're looking for some tips on how to make your home brighter and airier, keep the following in mind: use light colours when painting or papering walls and ceilings; choose furniture that is light in colour or has a light finish; add mirrors to reflect natural light into dark corners of the room; hang sheer curtains to allow natural light to enter while still providing privacy, and consider adding plants to help brighten up the space. By following these simple interior design tips, you can create a bright and airy living space that will be sure to please.

FAQs About Home Builders

Furniture, upholstery, and decorative accents made of natural materials can help a room feel open and airy, provided they're not too dark and heavy. Instead, focus on lighter colours like those found in jute rugs and blond woods, and add plenty of plants.

  • Rearrange your furniture. 
  • Make use of those old paint cans.
  • Put old fabric swatches to use.
  • Freshen up the linens. 
  • Display your wares. 
  • Mirror, mirror on the wall. 
  • Put your unused fireplace to good use. 
  • Pull the photo boxes out from under the bed.

Ice blues and greens or other muted and neutral colours such as grey can make any room feel open and airy and make a small space feel more open. Also, incorporating colours found in your environment outside can make it feel like the outside has come inside and open up the room.

Talking about greenery, one of the most obvious and most effective ways to boost curb appeal is adding fresh plants and flowers. However, you don't have to create a whole garden to add to your home's exterior appearance – add some planters to accentuate and frame key visual points, like windows and entryways.

Airy is a pale, bright, breezy bay blue with a twilight blue undertone. It is a perfect paint colour for all interior walls or ceilings to expand the space.

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