Older homes don’t always have the best sources of natural light, which can make it difficult for sellers to stage a property for prospective buyers. Amplifying whatever natural light is available is key to making everything in the home feel more spacious.
Invest in White Paint
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You’d be amazed at what a few cans of white paint can do. Painting the walls and ceilings white in a dark home brightens up the space, giving it an instant facelift. In older homes with heavy wooden beams and wood paneling, a coat of fresh paint transforms the entire space, making it feel lighter and airy instead of weighed down.
White paint can also transform an old kitchen. Lighten up dark cabinets and wood trimmings with a crisp white coat. Even if the space is small and closed off from the rest of the home, as most older kitchens are, a bright, simplified palette can make it feel larger than life.
Tear Down a Wall
While it’s more involved than painting, tearing down a wall can provide one of the biggest transformations in an older home. Open floor plans are nearly standard in many modern homes where the kitchen and living room share a large space. It’s not always possible to force this layout in an old house, but even removing one non-structural wall can open up the space and let more light shine in.
Don’t tear down walls without good reason, though. Plan for the larger space by keeping a new furniture arrangement in mind.
Mirrors reflect and redirect light, instantly making a room feel larger and brighter. A few well-placed mirrors throughout an old home add interest without taking up any floor space. Choose large mirrors with slim frames that don’t feel intrusive or clunky, and stick with white or light-colored frames to avoid adding dark colors to a room that you’re trying to brighten up.
While you’re at it, remove unnecessary art or clutter on the walls. Keep every room free from clutter to make the house feel bright and open.
An older home with heavy furniture can feel weighed down, so swap clunky pieces for items with sleek lines and light colors. Adhering to the minimalist silhouette is a great idea for making lighting work for you.
Choose slim, low-profile, midcentury furniture and fun flea-market finds. While it’s okay to infuse color into the furniture, favor a lighter palette to darker colors to keep things bright throughout the entire house.
Freshen Up Window Treatments
Heavy curtains and old blinds do your home no favors. Make the most of natural light by skipping the heavy drapes and choosing minimal options. Sheer curtains, non-blackout drapes, and sleek roman shades add color without reducing the amount of light would-be buyers experience when touring the home.
Utilizing the amount of light you have in an older home is easy when you take it one step at a time. Keep it simple and don’t be afraid to experiment.