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Open up a room with bright, airy decor ideas

March 4, 2024
Open up a room with bright, airy decor ideas

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Bringing light and airiness into a room can completely transform the feel of a space. With some strategic decorating, you can make any room feel more open, breezy, and bright. Here are some tips for achieving an airy, luminous decor in your home:

Choose light, neutral colors

Light, neutral colors like white, beige, light gray, and pale blue are ideal for creating an airy look. Dark colors tend to make a room feel smaller and more closed in. Painting your walls or ceilings white will instantly make a room feel more spacious and bright. For an accent wall, try a very soft blue-gray.

Use sheer window treatments

Heavy draperies can overwhelm a room. Instead, opt for airy, sheer curtains or blinds. They allow natural light to filter into the room while still providing privacy. For windows without a view, consider leaving them uncovered altogether. The more natural light you let in, the more open the space will feel.

Minimize clutter

Clutter has a way of making rooms feel smaller and more crowded. Make an effort to reduce knickknacks and clear surfaces so the room feels simplified. Store items in closed cabinets or baskets so visual clutter is reduced. A few meaningful accessories on display can add personality without feeling overwhelming.

Add mirrors

Mirrors are a classic decor trick for making a space feel larger and brighter. Hang a large mirror opposite a window to reflect natural light and essentially double the brightness. Positioning small mirrors throughout the room will aid in bouncing light around.

Use lightweight, airy fabrics

Heavy fabrics like velvet tend to weigh down a space. Instead, look for lightweight, breezy fabrics like linen, cotton, or voile. For window treatments, choose sheer curtains over thick, layered drapes. And consider an open, airy canopy over your bed rather than a closed-in, heavy option.

Let there be (ambient) light

Overhead lighting can sometimes feel harsh and flat. For a brighter, more layered look, incorporate plenty of ambient lighting such as table and floor lamps, sconces, track lighting, string lights, and even candles. This will create a warmer, cozier glow throughout the space.

Add large scale art or mirrors

Large scale art and mirrors draw the eye up and make rooms feel taller and more expansive. Position a full-length mirror near a window to reflect the outdoors inside. Or hang an oversized print opposite your bed so it feels like an open view.

Incorporate breezy, natural elements

Finally, you can reinforce the airy vibe with decor elements that evoke nature. Display bundles of dried grasses in a vase, use a real or faux succulent garden as a centerpiece, or just set out a simple bowl of sea glass or river rocks. A few potted plants can also help bring the outdoors in.

With strategic paint colors, window treatments, de-cluttering, ambient lighting, and natural elements, you can easily achieve a lighter, brighter, and more airy look in any space. Experiment with opening up your rooms to create a relaxed, breezy feel.

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