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Brighter houses: Ideas to gain light without spending

Brighter houses: Ideas to gain light without spending

1.- THE USE OF COLOR. In both furniture and textiles and coverings, light, white, neutral, sand and cream tones counteract the sensation of darkness. Grays and pastel varieties of colors also achieve this effect. Blue brings lightness. Of course, white is the color that best reflects light. Both on the ceiling and on the floor, opt for soft colors. If the floor covering is dark, cover it with carpets. It is important that these two surfaces are clear because they bounce the artificial lights. If it is the kitchen or bathroom that have dark coverings, you can always paint the tiles, install a vinyl floor on which you have or also resort to carpets.

By incorporating blank decorative accessories we also clarify the environments. Metallic finishes and transparent glass also "illuminate."

Changing textiles is another very effective and simple resource. Yes to the covers! Also for sofas and armchairs whose upholstery is visually heavy.

2.- WINDOWS CLEARED. Keep the windows clear. If the views and window carpentry allow it, do not place curtains and, if you do, opt for light blinds or curtains in light color. Lightweight tissues let light through. Die-cut motifs and transparencies, too. Do not place tall elements that obstruct the flow of light in front of the window, or saturate the shelf, if you have it, with heavy or large volume elements. When possible, to increase brightness, roof windows or skylights are an ideal option.

3.- MIRRORS. The optical game works to multiply the light, reflected in mirrors and crystals. Place them in the room, but also think of furniture with fronts or mirrored surfaces. It works to replace the blind doors with others with glass, partitions with glass panels.

4.- DISTRIBUTION. For the luminosity to run better, place few pieces in a comfortable and fluid distribution, which creates an open space in which the light is distributed well. Fewer partitions favor the circulation of light. The furniture design also influences this distributive aspect (opt for light lines).

5.- ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING. For when the natural light is missing, it incorporates other luminaires. A lamp whose beam of light is oriented from bottom to top bathes the environment more light. Place points of light in the darkest corners, even led on the floor. To control the on and off time, deter possible theft in the house or save energy, place a weekly digital plug programmer. Evology, On sale at Leroy Merlin, it has up to 140 programs and an extra battery in case the power goes out momentarily.