kb-network    Guest Blog 16 Jun 2017
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Chloë Thacker, Häfele marketing director, on her 4 simple ways to lighten-up interiors…

With open plan living on the rise, more and more homes are quite literally opening living space up to the outdoors. Natural lighting plays an imperative role in creating a comfortable environment, helping to regulate your body clock, improve concentration and create a calm, tranquil setting. So, how can you bring more light into your kitchen and bathroom designs?

Sheer Illusions…

It might be obvious, but start with windows and doors. First of all, embrace what your homeowner already has. Strip back on furnishings that may block light, such as thick blinds and heavy curtains. You can still protect their privacy with lighter alternatives, such as sheer curtains, venetian blinds, or brighter fabrics.

Open Up…

If budget allows, think about installing new windows or kitchen patio doors to create the illusion of additional space. If you are lucky enough to have a project with external space, embrace it! The addition of a window or door to the side of the room that receives the most sunlight can make an incredible difference.

If you are limited for outside space, and therefore restricted when it comes to doors and windows, look upwards. Skylights are ideal for opening a naturally dark room up to natural light, where the rooftop is above the living space. You don’t normally need planning permission for replacing or adding new windows, but this is definitely a consideration worth researching, especially if you are thinking about installing a skylight.

Time for Reflection…

Positioned correctly, the simple addition of a mirror can transform a room to feel bigger and brighter. The creative use of mirrors not only results in the reflection of light, but also creates a stylish, enchanting sparkle that fills the room; plus, mirrors are a flexible solution that can be updated regularly to suit any style.

Wood Works…

Synonymous with nature, light wood creates a clean and fresh feel to any room, and will compliment any decor choice perfectly.

Inspired by Scandinavian design, light wood is a simple style that transitions effortlessly through every season, accentuating floral displays in spring, as well as the fantastic festive details in Winter. The versatile nature of light wood means that you can start small with furnishings and compact storage solutions, or go big with wall cabinets and sideboards.

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