How to Brighten Your Apartment Space

August 17, 2021

It’s the eternal struggle in apartment living – the larger space or the more affordable space? You can have both. The apartment homes at The Edmund are already plenty spacious, but if you need to feel like you have even more space, brightening up your home and reducing clutter can help.

Autumn is just around the corner and with the new season comes the clouds and grayer days. The darker the weather, the more cramped your home may feel. Brighten up your space and create the feel of more room in your home. Our environment affects our mood, so why not brighten up a bit? Here’s how you can lighten your space.


Plants are a great way to brighten a room. Orchids, lilies, and lush green plants that can be placed in the corner of the room are best and require little care, as long as they’re near a window. They also emit more oxygen into the room, giving you that refreshed feeling you get when you’re exploring outdoors.

Add plants to your apartment at The Edmund to brighten up the space.

White Walls, or Lighter Wall Color

Lighter walls open up a room and darker walls darken a room and give it that cramped, closed-in feeling. If you want to avoid that, and feel like you have more space around you, choose an apartment home with The Edmund which provides light beige wall coloring and plenty of windows to open the space.

The Great Room at The Edmund in Reston, VA
Great Room at the Edmund in Reston, VA.

Clean Your Windows

Cleaning windows can also be helpful to brighten up your home. The debris that forms on the window from outdoor and indoor elements blocks a clear view when looking out, but it also blocks the sunshine and daylight from coming in. After you clean both sides of the window, you’ll notice a stark difference.

Change Your Lighting

If you want to brighten up your home, there’s no better way to do that then to simply add more light. LED (light-emitting diodes) lightbulbs are energy-efficient and produce up to 90% more light than their average counterparts. Additionally, you won’t have to change them as often. LED lights have the lowest power consumption and longest life span of any lightbulbs. That means more light for longer, so, they’re better for your wallet too!

Rearrange Your Furniture

Feng-shui is a thing. Re-arrange your furniture to give yourself more space. Can the sofa be pushed back toward the wall? Maybe it needs to move to the center of the room, to create a transitional space for everyone to walk behind it toward the hall. How ever the layout of your home is set up, moving larger pieces like a couch and a bed may be the key to opening up the room. Additionally, it helps to buy lighter furniture and accents. A white or tan-colored couch makes the room appear more spacious than a darker sofa in gray or navy blue. Likewise, a lighter colored rug has the same effect over a darker colored or patterned rug.

Use Wall Hangings

A quick and more affordable way to open up the room is to refresh your space with wall hangings. That’s right, home décor can help lighten a room. Curate a wall using bright, large-scale art, a gallery wall, or mirrors. Mirrors reflect light to help a smaller space feel larger and lighter. Adding shelving and other storage accents can also improve the look and feel of the room and create more space.

Use wall hangings can help improve the look and feel of any room.

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