Light and/or airy. Both is better, but one is an improvement on neither.
(Oh, I’m sorry. That makes very little sense. And it appears my brain has taken a holiday. Please continue reading while I try to coax it back to reality.)
Almost invariably, we want to live in a house that is light and airy. And understandably. Some of these living spaces just look so inviting. (Notice the distinct lack of stuff though – interesting, textured, warm and uncluttered. Homely bliss.)
I’m no interior designer, and you’re not looking to tear walls down, but there are some things you can do to brighten up your home and let the fresh air and good light in.
- Do you have heavy curtains or blinds you could remove from the windows? If privacy isn’t an issue, they could come down completely. Alternatively you could replace them with a sheer curtain.
- Make it a part of your morning routine to open your blinds and crack a window or open the front or laundry door. An open door at one end of the house and an open window or door at the other helps create good cross-flow of air – naturally moving cooler air in and the warmer, stale air out.
- Don’t block doors and windows. Try not to place furniture in front of your big windows or doors – not only does it interfere with circulation and traffic flow, but it also blocks the light.
- BONUS TIP: Get yourself an indoor plant – they cleanse the internal air of toxins and they look sweet.
Light can be a feature of a room in and of itself. And letting natural light play a part in your home means you need less stuff adorning the walls and surfaces in the hope of “warming it up”. An article I found really helpful when I started out and equated a minimalist home with a sterile and cold one is this great post by Miss Minimalist. Highly recommended!