Adding Light to Your Home Décor

Adding Light to Your Home Décor

Illuminate your home décor and show off your space with our lighting tips and ideas.


Follow our four easy décor ideas to bring brighter hues, sunshine and other light into your home. Even in rooms where adding natural light isn’t an option, these simple, effective projects will help you lighten up any space.

Use Natural Light

  • Hang sheer window treatments or bamboo shades instead of heavy, dark drapes.
  • Mount mirrors with bright frames on walls where they’ll reflect light and make the room feel more spacious.
  • Paint the walls a light shade that mimics sunlight. Dark colours absorb sunlight.

Bring in White
Add brightness with the addition of white paint and accessories like white shelves, side tables, bookshelves and picture frames.

  • Paint moulding or door frames white.
  • Use white accent lamps with fluorescent bulbs that produce softer, more natural light.
  • Display white ceramic pieces or decorative dishware on shelves or in a china cabinet.
  • Set out white tablecloths or placemats in your kitchen or dining room.
  • Place white seat cushions on chairs.
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Choose Accents
Create a profound impact on how light a room feels with our decorating strategies.

  • Add bursts of colour with rugs, pillows, bedding or artwork. Choose accents with vibrant hues like yellow and orange.
  • Fill glasses, vases or jars with bright, coloured water, glass beads or marbles, and place them on a windowsill. Try varying levels for visual interest.
  • Mount a small lamp above a favourite piece of artwork to illuminate it and add subtle light.
  • Add a small aquarium or tabletop fountain with lighting to incorporate light and a water element.
  • Hang polished metal or mirrored light switch plates that reflect light and add sparkle.

Cut Down Clutter
Use these space-planning ideas to open up and lighten your area.

  • Utilize out-of-the-way home storage spaces to help keep surfaces, bright, clean and open.
  • Purchase benches and ottomans that open for storage for larger items, and decorative trays or containers to keep small items from cluttering tables and countertops.
  • Avoid clusters of art. One large piece on the wall will make the room appear lighter and more spacious than several smaller pieces.
  • Use the smallest amount of furniture possible to make the room feel bigger. Stick with lighter shades of wood and fabric.

What tips and tricks do you use to make the most out of your space and light?

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