5 ways to bring brightness to your home

Most of us love the longer, brighter days of summer. Here’s how to give your home a sparkling makeover to make it feel like sunny season all year round…

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1. Lighten up your rooms with mirrors

Want to know a magic trick for making any room feel brighter and more spacious? It's easy: they do it with mirrors. Investing in a few strategically placed mirrors will reflect light back from your windows and really open up the space. Try placing one on the north wall of a room if you can, so it'll get the maximum light from south-facing windows.

2. Uplift soft furnishings with bright cushions

There's no need for pricey, time-consuming redecoration to give your living room a new look. Simply investing in some new cushions can transform your sofa and armchairs. Add a pop of vibrant colour, a touch of cool white or get back to nature with a stunning floral print - it's like picking out a new picture for the walls, so indulge your artistic side.

3. Bring the outside in with greenery

Filling your home with flowers and plants will help you to enjoy that brighter, lighter feeling all day long. Try placing some fresh-cut flowers in the rooms where you spend most time and see the difference they make. Put out fruit in the kitchen to add colour and a fresh feeling and bring in some live plants from outside to fill your house with vibrant green.

4. Make your bathroom sparkle with Viakal

It’s hard to feel like you’re full of the joys of summer soon fade if you're starting the day in a bathroom that looks dull and tired because of limescale.

Luckily, there's no need to spend hours scrubbing. Viakal 3in1, which does the triple whammy of removing limescale, eliminating soap scum and killing 99.9% of bacteria – and leaves behind a summery new fragrance of citrus and natural green and fruity notes.

You might be able to see the watermarks on your shower door and crusty deposits on your taps and shower head, but limescale is actually all around your bathroom – and is a breeding ground for bacteria. Thanks to its antibacterial properties, using Viakal 3in1 weekly will protect you - and your home.

5. Declutter by packing away winter things

Is your home feeling a bit dark and cramped? Seasonally packing away things and freeing up some space can quickly create a brighter, more spacious home.

In spring, find a spot like a basement or storage cupboard which you can dedicate to winter gear, then put away those bulky coats, blankets, winter boots and the rest of your cold weather things, and do the reverse in autumn. It makes it a lot easier to work out what you no longer use too, so you can have a bit of a clear-out at the same time.

What's your favourite way of brightening up your home?
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