Adding Light to a Dark Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Who doesn’t love waking up to a room beaming in sunlight? Unfortunately, there’s always that one room in the house that looks drab and feels uninviting due to the lack of light. Yes, getting some light into that dark room is necessary so that it looks appealing, and has just the right amount of warmth you need to feel comfortable and cozy.

Not everyone has the option of making structural changes to add bring natural light into a room. Rest assured, that you can achieve the desired effect without having to launch an expensive renovation project by adding in additional windows. You can brighten up a dark room by using a variety of techniques.

Make The Most Out of Natural Light
Start off by making the most out of the natural lighting that the room does get. You can do this by adding mirrors to the room. Yes, we know that mirrors can make a room appear bigger, but it can also reflects light all around the space. Try installing a large mirror or mirrored tiles directly across the windows in the room. The mirror will reflect the light from the window and cast it all about the room.

You can also maximize natural light by opting for sheer curtains as opposed to dark curtains and heavy drapes. Such window treatments can eat up sunlight. Sheer curtains allows the sun to stream right through the room without any barriers.

Layering Artificial Lighting
Of course, adding in artificial lighting seems like the most logical solution to brightening a dark room. While you may already have a central or overhead lighting fixture you should add additional lighting to the space. Use accent lighting such as strip LED lights in the dark corners and towards the back of the room if you’re working with a large space. Don’t forget task lighting!

Switch out dull bulbs and opt for the highest recommended wattage. Steer clear from frosted and dark lamp shades because they can engulf artificial lighting.

Evenly Distribute Visual Weight
It sounds more complicated than it actually is. Dark and heavy furniture can swallow up the lighting in a place. Therefore you want to steer towards light and airy furniture that allows you to see through to the floor. You should clear out any clutter and unnecessary furniture.

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