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  • 10 Ways to Brighten Your Home for Spring

    It seems that Spring is finally here! As the evenings get longer and the weather gets warmer, it’s the perfect time to do a bit of a spring-clean and to rethink your interior décor for the new season. Spring-time provides the perfect excuse to bring some more light and colour into your home and we’ve drawn together ten suggestions on how to do this:

     

    Sheer curtains
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    1. Hang sheer curtains
    Heavy drapery can darken a room. Hang sheer curtains instead, which will let the maximum amount of light into the room from your windows. They also provide less of a visual barrier to the outside, making any room feel more light and airy.

     

     Bare lightbulbs
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    2. Install bare filament lightbulbs or glass shades
    Bare filament bulbs have recently become a design must for trendy bars and cafés everywhere. They can look great in your home, too, and they avoid the need for a lampshade. This allows their light to be softly diffused at all angles. You can get a similar effect with a blown glass shade, which can also add a beautiful artisan touch.

     

    Ideal Home pastel shades
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    3. Change your colour scheme with pastel accessories
      Spring is the perfect time of year for pastel colours: think new-leaf-green, blossom-pink and primrose-yellow. If you don’t want to reinvent your whole home, you can add a touch of pastel through some new accessories. Try changing up your sofa cushions or adding a soft throw to your bed.

       

      Plants in bathroom
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      4. Bring house plants into the bathroom
        It’s the perfect time of year for bringing a bit of the outside in. While the parks are filled with delicate springtime buds, you can grow something a bit more exotic in your bathroom. Plants such as ferns and orchids will appreciate the steam and add a bit of colour in the process.

         

         South Shore Decorating Blog
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        5. Move tall furniture away from the window
          Maximise your light: move your taller pieces of furniture away from the windows. Interior design experts agree that it’s generally better to position items such as wardrobes and bookcases on the opposite wall to the room’s major light source.

           

           Cleaning materials
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          6. Clean out the corners
            You’ll be shocked by how much dirt and dust builds up in the little corners of the room you don’t pay much attention to. Give everything a deep clean, making sure you reach into the edges of window sills and the grubby area around the door handle. You’ll be amazed how much difference it makes.

             

             Mirror Deco paned mirror
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            7. Add a large mirror
              This classic trick works every time. Add a large mirror to draw more light into any room. Pick one with a narrow frame; perhaps choose one shaped like a window in order to promote the idea that your room has more than one natural light source. Try this full length paned mirror from Mirror Deco.

               

               Bathroom with white window
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              8. Update the paintwork
                Get out a can of gloss white paint and touch up those areas that get scuffed through everyday wear and tear. Freshen up your skirting board, window frames and radiators and see the room get an instant lift.

                 

                 LED lightbulbs
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                9. Try LED lights
                  Feel like yellow light from lamps is making your room feel a bit dingy? Swap out your old light bulbs for contemporary LEDs. They give off a clean bright light and are much more energy efficient than traditional bulbs, saving you money in the long run.

                   

                   Swoon Worthy ornaments
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                  10. Simplify your ornaments
                    If everything is feeling a bit cluttered, try being more selective when you curate the ornaments you allow on your surfaces. Pick your favourite photos and trinkets and use them to create interesting vignettes which will draw the eye to different areas of the room.
                  1. How to use mirrors to make any space look bigger

                    We all feel like we could do with a little more space sometimes. But when moving house or knocking down a wall isn’t an option, there are some tricks you can use to give the illusion of a brighter and more spacious room. We’ve come up with a few ideas of how to use mirrors to make every room of your home feel larger.
                     
                    Large black mirror frame window
                    Sitting room: Mirrors shaped like windows
                     
                    Mirrors in the shape and style of windows can give the illusion of another natural light source coming into the room. They trick the eye into thinking the room is dual aspect and will make the wall they are placed on appear longer and taller.
                     
                    Try the black window frame mirror above.
                     
                     
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                    Kitchen: Use a mirror as a splashback or above the sink
                     
                    This works particularly well in a galley-style kitchen, where you want to add a feeling of width. You could try adding a mirror behind the hob or the sink to provide an unconventional splashback. Place it so it reflects your most colourful crockery.
                     
                    Get a similar look with this large rectangular frame mirror.

                    Bedroom: Instead of a headboard
                     
                    Hang a large mirror above your bed instead of a headboard to draw more light into the room. It will provide a beautiful visual counterpart to your bedding and gives the impression that the bedroom extends backwards beyond the bed.
                     
                    Get a similar look with this large window frame mirror.

                    Copper framed geometric mirrors
                    Bathroom: Group mirrors together
                     
                    Hang a group of smaller matching mirrors together in order to reflect a range of fragmented views. This will create the illusion of a larger space, but without presenting you with a full reflection of unsightly features such as the toilet.
                     
                    Try these copper frame mirrors on chains above.
                     

                    Image source: Shelterness
                    Hallway: Double your space
                     
                    Use a tall mirror to double the appearance of a small hallway. Not only will it look like your corridor extends in both directions, but it will provide a useful full-length reflection for last-minute checks before you leave the house.
                     
                    Get a similar look with this freestanding hallway mirror.
                  2. Why mirrors might be the biggest interiors trend of 2017

                    Experts have been lining up the biggest trends brewing in the interiors world for 2017, and the verdict is in. From glamour and jungle vibes to artisan maximalism, there’s something for everyone this year.

                     

                    If you don’t want to change up your entire home, adding some new accessories can change the feeling of a room and give a subtle nod to the new styles. We’re going to show you how mirrors can be used to speak to five of the biggest home decor trends of 2017.

                     

                    Large window mirror

                    1. Jungle vibes

                    Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017 was recently announced to be “Greenery”: a subtle shade of green derived from the natural world and encouraging us to add a bit more greenery to our urban lives. Basically, we should bring the outdoors in. This is confirmed by a mania for jungle-print wallpapers and fabrics, where birds and foliage abound. Consider adding some leaf-print cushions to a plain sofa, and adding a mirror opposite a window to reflect the natural world outside.

                    Try this full length paned door metal frame mirror

                     

                    Art deco copper frame mirrors

                    2. Art Deco glamour

                    Velvet, shiny surfaces and air-travel-inspired details characterise this 2017 trend, according to The Telegraph. Think cocktail cabinets and glamorous parties, and let geometric lines make a bold statement for this 2017 trend. Nothing says art deco glamour better than a large mirror. Pick a black finish, or another metal such as copper for a hint of subtle luxury.

                    Try the Kelly, a copper frame mirror with art deco curves

                     

                    Pop collage mirror with coloured glass

                    3. Pop

                    Make a subtle nod to the Eighties with a geometric mirror with a pop of colour. When David Bowie’s fabulous furniture was auctioned at Sotheby’s at the end of 2016, primary colours and radical shapes were key. It might be a bit much for most people, but adding a few bold colours to your room can be a fantastic tribute to this innovative design era.

                    Try this graphic metal wall art mirror with blue glass

                     

                    Antique frame window mirror

                    4. Artisan not DIY

                    According to Elle Decor, designers are moving away from the DIY aesthetic of 2016 and investing instead in higher-quality artisan products. Get a handcrafted look by introducing a mirror with a interesting roughness to the finish. Original artwork can be expensive, but a mirror can add a striking artisanal touch for a reasonable price, and provide the secondary function of bringing extra light into the room.

                    Try this large window antique silver frame mirror

                     

                    Black round wall mirror with shelf

                    5. Layers and maximalism

                    The Wall Street Journal tells us that layered maximalism will be big in 2017. Think mismatched prints and textures and heavily adorned walls. Double your money with a mirror and emphasise the busy patterns in your space.

                    Try this loft-style round black mirror with shelf

                  3. How to hang a mirror: A step-by-step guide

                    Mirrors can add light and drama to a room. They're perfect for making small spaces look bigger and for drawing in daylight. But to get the best effect, you need to hang your mirror at the right height and in the right place. Discover our step-by-step guide to siting and hanging your mirror:

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