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How to add light to a dark room

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If you live in a place where the sun sets early and rises late, you could be craving some brightness in your home.  It is hard to replace the mental health benefits of natural light.  However, there are some tips and tricks used by interior designers that could help.  Here we explore how to lighten a room with no natural light, we are here to offer you some tips.  A first step could be to purchase bright or light furniture such as stylish chairs or wood-based units.  Let’s consider other techniques you could use.

Make use of white

The obvious starting point is to use white walls to brighten a dark space.  If you then use mirrors on key walls opposite windows, you can reflect light back into the room.  Mirrors by themselves will have a limited impact on the space as darker colours will suck out the light that is scattering the room.  In contrast, white bounces the light indirectly to other surfaces, including the mirror.

If the room is particularly dark, you can do this quite aggressively.  You can bring in white furniture and white artwork, maybe even white curtains.  However, remember how difficult it will be to keep the room looking clean.  Therefore, you may want to consider some balance between light and what is manageable.

Use lighting on the walls

If you have a bulb hanging from the ceiling with a shade, you will be creating shadows in the corners that will make the room feel claustrophobic. You could take the lights on the ceiling and fit them closer to the walls.  This can be used to highlight your best furniture or architecture.  Alternatively, to avoid shadows, bring the lights down on the walls or use table lamps to accompany your ceiling light fixture.

Add some hints of blue

Artificial light tends to have yellow shades.  Natural light is blue light. Therefore, if you are looking to brighten a room because you need to improve your wellbeing, add a tinge of blue to the paints you use.  This will add a crispness to the place that will help you think of the outside, which will help you feel more connected.

You can make the most of this blue light by updating your lightbulbs.  You can now purchase daylight colour light bulbs that are meant to simulate more natural surroundings.  This can make a room feel a little cold; therefore, if you want to bring more warmth, then try traditional warmer yellow lights.

If you choose this hint of blue – and maybe if you choose to make use of white – then you could counteract the sparseness of this look by adding some touches of contrast.  You could add some black or charcoal touches that will give even more emphasis to the lighter places in the room.

Rugs on hardwood

Dark hardwood and laminate flooring can be a beautiful addition to a home.  However, they can drain the light out of spaces, especially hallways with no windows.  Therefore, selecting a runner rug with bright and lighter tones can add some airiness to what could feel like a cramped space.  You need to choose a patterned rug that will offer you the brightness without showing up every speck of dirt.  Therefore, you are going to shop around for some traditionally patterned rugs with flecks of white for lightness.

Alternatively, rather than going for darker hardwoods such as teak, you may want to go for more blonde woods such as a light oak.  If you match this with pale wood furniture, you can add light and warmth to this space.

Your space needs balance

With dark rooms, like any other space in need of interior design, the best approach will always be one of balance.  Any technique over employed to embrace light will come across as stark and uninviting.  Therefore, there should be some natural play between light and shadow in a room to add depth and some lowlights to help the highlights ping.  Remember that some shaded areas will give life to a space and make it feel like a home.  If you use harsh fluorescents or super-bright lights, you could make the room feel sterile.

Design tips in short

So, if you are wondering how to lighten a room with no natural light, you have many options.  You can use different lightbulbs or light fixtures.  This is an obvious starting point.  You could pour a lot of white or light furniture into your space.  However, ultimately, you need to balance the design with the utility.  You don’t want to be cleaning all the time, and you need it to feel like home.

Edward Sloane

Edward is the managing director of Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs. He is an expert in quality, comfortable upholstered chairs.

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