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8 Ways To Instantly Brighten Up Your Home

Are you tired of looking at your home’s interior and need a few ideas to give it a makeover without making major changes? In this post, we will be sharing a few ways to brighten up your home without having to spend too much money. Try a few of these tips and tricks to transform your home into a more welcoming space. 

8 Ways To Instantly Brighten Up Your Home

8 Ways To Brighten Up Your Home

  1. Use Light-Coloured Or White Accessories And Furniture

Instead of choosing darker colours, rather go for light-coloured or white furniture, especially if you have dark wooden floors. Think white tables, cream or pastel-coloured couches, white bookcases, and more. Simply adding a white rug can brighten up the space and make a significant difference.

  1. Adding Some Paint

One of the best ways and probably most obvious ways to instantly brighten up any space is by adding a splash of paint. Dark walls can make your home seem dull and dark. By adding a coat of paint, especially white paint, can not only brighten up the whole room but also make it appear larger than it is. You don’t have to stop at the walls or ceiling. Taking an old piece of furniture and painting it a bright or interesting colour can make it the centerpiece of the room and add a welcome touch of colour. You can also paint your kitchen cupboards to give your kitchen an instant make-over. 

Granny B's paint

  1. Bring Nature Into Your Home

A simple way to beautify your home is by adding some flowers or small potted plants to every room in the house. If you have a beautiful blooming garden, why not show them off by placing fresh flowers on your dining table every week? You can even use dry petals to make your own homemade potpourri. Flowers and plants not only transform your space but can give you a mental lift too. They are the perfect additions to any space.

  1. Adding Rugs Is The Way To Go

Choosing a selection of small colourful rugs will add beautiful contrast to your white or light-colored walls and furniture. It is an inexpensive way to add more colour and they will instantly brighten up the space. You can also choose a statement rug for the living room to spruce up the room and add some energy.


  1. Place Taller Items Away From Your Windows

This includes tall furniture pieces, a large plant, or a bookshelf that is blocking the natural light from entering your home. The idea is to allow as much natural light to enter the room. It will brighten the space and make it look a lot more inviting. 

  1. Mirror Mirror On The Wall

Mirrors are excellent home décor pieces to open up a room and make it appear bigger. They are handy tools for reflecting light entering the space, especially when hanging opposite light sources like windows. A large mirror works exceptionally well to add light and space to small rooms with not a lot of natural light coming in. 

Couch colourful cushions

  1. Give Your Couch A Makeover – With Accessories

It is not necessary to make major changes like replacing your couches or beds to make an impact. Instead stock up on some fun and colourful scatter cushions, throws, or blankets to give the room a lift. Try to stay away from dark colours, and rather choose metallics, neutrals, or lighter colours like yellow, peach, light green, or lilac. 

  1. Change Your Lighting

Do you currently have lamps that give off a yellow shade? Then it might be the perfect time to replace them with bright white LED lights to make the most of the brightness illuminating from your lamps. It is a good idea to add more lighting overall. A table lamp, for instance, can add more brightness. 

We hope you have found these eight ways to brighten up your home helpful and that it has inspired you to make a few changes. 

Win A Granny B's Hamper To Refurb Your Kitchen Cupboards

Win A Granny B’s Hamper To Refurb Your Kitchen Cupboards

Granny B’s Old Fashioned Paint was established in 2015, and was the first local chalkpaint specific manufacturer to provide South African’s with a locally based brand, offering authentic chalkpaint products and décor accessories that are eco-friendly, family-safe and easy to use at an affordable price. Since those early days our range has blossomed to include a wider variety of chalkpaint shades, metallic paints, stencils, decoupage, transfers, waxes, glazes and so much more. We pride ourselves on the fact that we offer the best value for money solution to crafters, décor enthusiasts, furniture artisans and hobbyists – backed by incredible service and unbeatable quality. You’ll find us in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and several new territories within 2022.

Visit us at www.grannyb.co.za – browse, shop or locate your favourite stockist.

Granny B’s Old Fashioned Paint will be providing one lucky winner with Old Fashioned Paint, Primer and Sealer they need to carry out their own kitchen makeover – valued between R1000 and R1500.

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19 comments

  1. This will be fantastic to win.

  2. Nalani Madurai

    I would so love to win this…my kitchen can really do with a makeover.

  3. I had a silly thought when I saw this. Old mother Hubbard…. I had a good giggle. #WinWithKaboutjie

    • Lynne Huysamen

      Oh dear Ingrid, you know the same naughty rhyme I do LOL I can’t remember all the old rhymes, only the naughty versions!

    • Keabetswe Pitse

      I’ve always been afraid to add colour in my living space, but after reading this article I’m already thinking of the changes I will be making soon. Great article, thank you.

  4. Awesome giveaway that will make my kitchen bright yay

  5. This would be a great giveaway. It would make my kitchen extremely beautiful and much easier to decorate

  6. Shireen Chinnasamy

    Awesome. Fantastic prize

  7. Nkhensani BALOYI

    I love this

  8. Nkhensani BALOYI

    I love this

  9. Moving into an old house as our family home. Definitely using these tips to brighten it up.
    A kitchen revamp is a necessity

  10. AWESOME PRIZE I LOVE Gannys b

  11. Whould love this. Saw a photo of someone who painted their breadbin, toaster and kettle with this. Stunning!

  12. Colleen Perrow Hogan

    Granny B’s is really a perfect Paint, holding all my digits ??

  13. Would love to win this time.just love granny b’s

  14. I will definitely love to win this amazing giveaway ❤️❤️

  15. Lois Carol Wessels

    Holding thumbs to WIN

  16. Lianda Colquhoun

    I hope to win this for all our DIY projects that is on hold. ?

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