Short days and cabin fever can bring on winter blues. Don't despair. There are ways to brighten up your home to get more light in. By doing this, it can help get you through the winter blues. Here are a few suggestions….
Taking screens off the windows will bring 30% more light into your home. It can also prolong the life span of your screens, and it's easier to clean them when they are off. Cleaning the window always helps. Consider washing the inside every few months and the outside once a year.
Changing light bulbs from incandescent to LEDs, going from warm to more blue or natural light will help. It's recommended going with 3,500-4,000k in blue and 5,000-6,500K in white or natural light.
Hanging outdoor string lights indoors around doors, windows, and tall plants has a sparkling and cheerful effect.
Adding mirror here and there will bounce light and create a more spacious and open feeling.
Swapping out your solid front door to glass inserts on storm doors and insulated glass doors will let in more light and added warmth, especially on the south side of your house.
House plants help bring the greenery inside reminding you of the promise of warmer months soon to come. Consider plants that bloom in the winter like Kaffir Lily's and anthurium.
Lastly, you can add more light from above. Skylights and solar tubes will give you added light even on those darker and more dreary days. You may want to put this project off a few months when it's easier to work on the roof.
Letting more light into your home will also make it feel warmer, be more enjoyable and help you get through the winter.
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