How to Make Your Home Feel Brighter During the Time Change

If you’ve felt yourself feeling sleepier lately or losing motivation to get off the couch, it’s probably not in your head. The time change can really throw your internal clock for a loop. Not to mention, vanishing sunlight at 5:30pm is kind of depressing.

The good news is that there are ways you can squeeze every bit of daylight out of the day, and even make your home feel brighter at night. This will help make your home feel cheerier and potentially ward off SAD—Seasonal Affective Disorder.


Maximizing Daylight During Short Autumn Days

You already know there’s not a lot of sunlight at the end of the day. However, there are a few tricks you can use to make your home feel a little brighter as the sun sets.

First, try hanging mirrors on your walls or place them on a fire place mantel. This is an old interior design trick that allows natural light to reflect off the glass, which essentially doubles the amount of light that makes its way to the mirror.

Second, make sure that your curtains and blinds remain open. Closing these too early will only block light even more, making your living area feel even darker before the sun sets.

If you must keep your curtains closed, use light fabrics or venetian blinds so light can filter through.

Another tip is to remove large, dark wall art. If you have a dark painting hanging on the wall, this will absorb light. Dark wall paint will do the same thing.

Arranging furniture perpendicular to the window wall will help promote the flow of daylight.

One last way to maximize daylight this time of year: use indirect lighting that’s aimed at the ceiling. You can supplement sunlight with strategically placed light fixtures, such as a floor lamp near the back of the room. As the sun begins to set, turn on the lamp to make up for the loss of sunlight in the home.


How to Choose the Right Light Fixture

When it comes to darkening a home at night, the right fixture can make all the difference. Consider:

·       Using a mix of floor and table lights. Not only does this add interest to your décor, but floor lamps can add extra lighting in even the darkest corners of a room.

·       Arcing floor lamps are dramatic and beautiful, and they can offer a warm and diffused light

·       Lampshade fabrics are an important consideration for light in a dark room. A linen or burlap lampshade will offer diffused light. If you want bright white lighting, use a crisp white shade.

Remember that window styles that are best for light flow are picture windows, bay windows, and even transom windows and sidelites when combined with an entry door. Decorative window glass can add a subtle sparkle to daylight in the home.

Try these lighting tips today for a less-dreary home this autumn and winter season.

Chris Jarvis