Home / Style Guide / Inspirations / Brighten Up Your Home Easy Ways To Brighten Up Your Home Does your home feel drab? Are you tired of the same old rooms and color schemes? There are many easy, cost-effective ways to brighten your home’s appearance, cheering up its occupants in the process. The brighter you make your home, the more cheerful it will become for you and your guests. From fresh coats of paint to sunny lighting schemes to lively window treatments, small changes can have a big impact on your home. Tape Lights 6T110UH27BK & 6T120H27BK Energy-Efficient Accents Your lighting scheme can set different moods in different rooms. To make a room both cheerful and efficient, use three different types of lighting: • Ambient, or background lighting • Task lighting • Accent lighting Stylish new options for background lighting abound, such as pendants, chandeliers, ceiling-mounted lights and new kinds of fixtures that can be hung in multiple ways. LED Lighting is perfect to illuminate places for reading, food preparation, dressing or other task. With a very long lifespan, such light may never need to be replaced and save you money on electriciy bills because they are brighter with lower wattage. The latest in accent lighting is rolls of remarkably thin LED Tape from Kichler, that can easily fit into small places and installs simply with the adhesive backing. This type of sleek, modern accent lighting adds drama to a room and is actually priced lower than non-LED options! See the product photo above featuring LED Tape Lighting. “Accent lights like these use little energy so they can stay on all night, an added plus for homes with small children or when overnight guests visit,” says Jeff Dross, Kichler's Corporate Director of Education and Industry Trends. “No two homes are alike, and their lighting shouldn’t be either." Did You Know: Some lighting projects can be tackled in just one short weekend Evie Chandelier 43628NI Window Treatments By literally letting more light into your home, you can make your days more cheerful. This way, you let in natural light while keeping prying eyes at bay. Other ways to invite natural light into your home include adding internal windows within rooms to let light flow from one space to another or installing skylights. TIP: Try replacing heavy drapes or dark colored shades with translucent curtains or blinds Emory Pendants 43706CLP Warmth and Color Liven up rooms by selecting a bright color scheme. Paint sets the basic tone, so choose a light color, such as inviting yellows or cheery pastels. Remember, dark colors can absorb light and make rooms darker. You can paint an entire room a bright color or just one wall. Tip: You can add warmth as well as color by layering on pillows and throws to accent favorite pieces of furniture. For more creative home decorating ideas, visit the American Society of Interior Designers. The brighter you make your home, the more cheerful it will become for you and your guests. For more home lighting ideas, visit our style guide.