The magazines, blogs and pundits can’t stop talking about it. Your decorator is crazy about it. The internet is full of it. What is it? Light. That luminous energy that touches every aspect of our visual world. In decorating, the general drift towards lightness affects many aspects of our homes, from light fixtures and furnishings to wall color and accessories. So why not take inspiration from the following list of tips to lighten and brighten up your living room, bedroom and every room in your home.

#1 Choose The Paint For Your Home

Nothing in the world has the power to change the vibe in your house from ho-hum to WOW!  like paint color. The sky’s the limit when it comes to settling on your perfect color—gray is trending big this season, as are the palest of pastels and variations on industrial tones, but they are only some of the new host of colors that are setting the stage for the vintage and urban collections. Creamy, dreamy shades are beautiful when paired with cottage-style fabrics and furniture. Or consider the industrial-chic look of the loft-style design.

Paint cans of different colors ready to be used on white background

#2 Select the Lighting For Each Room

Another high-impact change to your home is investing in quality lighting. Truth be told, we are all guilty of reusing the same old lamps we’ve had since the dawn of time. Now might be the time to take a hard look at your rooms and address those dismal “dead zones” where the light just doesn’t reach. You have so many options to correct bad lighting, ranging from easy purchases to hiring an electrician to hardwire:

wall sconce made with dark brown metal circles and mercury glass

Industrial-chic pendant light with an orbit of filament lights around a center sphere handing in an office with 2 bookshelves on each side of the light fixture.

metal and glass table lamps on a console table

  • Canned Lights

Once the new lighting goes in, don’t forget the effect lightbulbs can have on the mood of a room. Bulbs are available in a wide spectrum of lighting temperatures ranging from warm or neutral to cool or daylight. Choose the lighting that reflects your taste to finish the make-over.

#3 Pulling it All Together

Now you have the elements, all you need is a dash of personal style to bring it all to life. Use online references to help establish your point of view, there is certainly no shortage of decorating websites to give you inspiration. Pinterest is a great way to keep track of looks you’d like to incorporate into your home. Lighten up your living space, then sit back and enjoy the results.