While the winter season has its advantages, the short days can take a toll on your energy level. To overcome this, find ways to compensate for the loss of sunlight. Here are a few lighting tips to brighten up your home:

Open Your Shades

Capitalize on the natural lighting that is available by opening your window shades or curtains. This not only lets precious sunrays inside your home, it can help lower your heating bills too. Additionally, if you have heavyweight drapes you can swap them for something transparent, so the light can shine through the fabric.

Add Mirrors

If you want to take advantage of the light already inside your apartment, add wall mirrors to strategic places. For instance, place a couple directly across from your natural light source and another from a table lamp, so the light can be reflected by the mirrors.

Lighten Up Your Decor

Light bounces off light hues and is absorbed by dark colors. So make sure your bedroom’s linens are a bright white or a muted tone. Additionally, changeup your drapes, tablecloth and sofa cover (if it is removable). Also, bring in fun accent pillows for a pop of color.

Table Lamps

Table lamps are an old standby choice for bringing light into a room. You can place them on any surface to blanket the room in light. Consider replacing your normal bulbs with full-spectrum versions. They have a natural daylight effect and can help you feel energized.

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps are another suitable choice for lighting your home. Place the stand in the corner of the room and slide an armchair next to it. Then you can have a reading nook to enjoy your favorite novels and you won’t notice that the sun went down at 4 p.m.

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