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Bring in More Light After Daylight Saving Time

With the Daylight Saving Time change taking affect, your home gets darker faster.  And prospective home buyers don’t want to view a dark home for sale.   Here are a few tips to brighten things up a bit…

Paint it light and bright

The amazing thing about white and light colors is that they reflect most of the light that hits its surface, creating the illusion of light. One example is the moon.

But not too bright

A kitchen with white cabinets, countertops, walls and backsplashes is about as bright as it gets, yet the lack of variety can appear dull.  To keep things interesting, use some contrast. Choose accessories, cookware and decorations in a contrasting (most colors go with white) color.  Sneak in some drama with dark furniture, picture frames or patterns.

Minimize glare

Sometimes the problem isn’t the amount of light, but rather the quality. Overhead light sources can brighten up a room, but the effect can be harsh as high-noon sunlight.  Instead, you want the soft, indirect light of early morning. Place floor or table lamps near the walls, and place LED strips under cabinets to cover the wall in a soft glow.

Rethink window treatments

If your curtains cover up too much of the window, replace them with something less obstructive. Sheer and semi-sheer window treatments let in plenty of light, without sacrificing privacy during the day.  If you’re tired of pulling up the Venetian blinds or plantation shutters every day, replace them with blackout window treatments you can open all the way during the day and close at night.

Clean windows

When was the last time you cleaned all your home’s windows, both inside and out?  To avoid streaks on outdoor surfaces, don’t bother with the window cleaner and paper towels. Wash the windows with a sponge and mildly soapy water (dish soap will do), wipe dry with a squeegee, and finish them off with a soft chamois.