We live in one of the sunniest countries on the planet, but many Aussies still struggle with dark and gloomy corners in their homes. The good news is that this problem can be fixed with some careful planning and the right blinds or shutters.

Flooding your home with natural light doesn’t need to be an expensive endeavour, nor does it have to be time-consuming. From plantation shutters to Venetian blinds, there’s a beautiful solution to fit your budget and sense of style. Light up your life with these illuminating tips.

1.  Plantation shutters

If you have a large space that’s in need of more light, such as a living room or kitchen, there’s no better option than plantation shutters. The impressive width of the louvres not only allows you to draw in as much of that precious sunlight as possible but can also create the impression that you have more space than you really do.

Plantations are available in a range of materials, from wood to aluminium, and offer the perfect balance between privacy and brightness.

2.  Venetian Blinds

Bedrooms are the perfect place for Venetians, as you can keep them open during the day to capture the sunlight, and close them at night to keep prying eyes away.

They’re long-lasting and easy to use, so Venetians are a great option for your house’s smaller rooms. During the day you can even angle the blade to bring in sunlight whilst pointing away from the street, giving you the best of both worlds.

3.  Mirrors

Installing mirrors is a cheap yet effective way to increase the amount of natural lighting in your home. They can reflect natural light from windows and bounce it into the darkest corners of your house.

With a set of attractive and modern mirrors and some careful experimentation, it’s possible to brighten up your home and make the most of Australia’s abundant sunlight.