Not all homes are blessed with plenty of natural light and while you may not realise it, lack of natural lighting can have a negative impact on the overall ambience of any room. It’s a fact that humans respond, act and feel better in an environment that has abundant natural light, but also has light inspired décor. You don’t need to go for renovations to install new windows. A few quick tricks can brighten up your dark without spending a lot of money.
Even your darkest rooms can be brightened up using these seven easy tips:
1. Tweak the Existing Lights
It seems obvious that adding extra light will brighten your room, but you may be overlooking some easy adjustments to the existing lighting you have. Switch out bulbs with the highest voltage and keep glass lights clean and you will see a visible difference. Installing LED versions of receding lights will drastically brighten up your space while cutting down your electricity bills. Make sure your room has more than one lamp because a single light source creates a lot of shadows, leaving space outside the lamp’s circle of light seem even darker.
2. Choose Wall Colours Wisely
It may sound strange, but having white ceilings is not the best solution if your bedroom is dark. Even though light colours help make a room appear brighter, they aren’t so good at making a dark room feel brighter. Light colours look bright and cheerful when reflecting light, but in a room with insufficient illumination there isn’t enough light to reflect. This makes the light walls take on a shadowed hue and leave the room looking dull and uninteresting.
Therefore, choose a mid-tone paint for your walls. Cool hues of green, blue, grey or even purple are ideal for creating the relaxing atmosphere.
3. Magic of the Mirrors
Regardless of light levels, a large mirror in a room can create an illuminated illusion. In a room with insufficient light, mirrors help reflect whatever light there is and add shine to the room, driving out some of the gloominess. Hang your mirrors across the windows that let in natural light so that it can further bounce around the space.
4. Create Colourful Contrasts
Furniture and accessories can disappear into a dark room if you aren’t careful about the colour and placement. If your walls are a saturated mid-tone or a bright shade, you should add furniture in a medium finish. Additionally, complete the brightening effect with accessories and bedding in white or any other light colour. Not only does this make good use of the limited light, it also creates and interesting contrast.
5. Have Sheer Window Coverings
Window coverings and heavy draperies are a bad idea if your room is already dark. They block out natural light. Instead, use blinds on windows and decorate it with sheer draperies that can be lowered at night for privacy. Blinds in their own casual style can also be used in dark rooms. For window coverings, try to stick with light colours to add some contrast against the medium hued walls.
6. Add Pieces of Art
If you have dark walls, looking at artwork for sale and adding it to yours walls with white matting will create a contrast, making the room appear brighter. You can create either a small gallery wall or a collection of artwork to brighten up the wall. Watch out for darker artwork because it can soak away the light that would otherwise bounce around the room. Large-scale artwork in lighter colours or even in black and white tones can make any space seem bigger and brighter.
7. Let the Light Travel
Do not block the path of the light. Avoid keeping large decoration pieces around windows, especially large bookshelves. Carefully consider the flow of daylight and try to get it reflected as much as possible. Regular cleaning of windows can also have a drastic effect because the less dirt and dust is on your windows, the more sunshine can peek into your room!
When remodelling isn’t an option for you, these seven simple tricks can help you turn any dark room into a bright one.