If you live in a house that is naturally dark, you may find it affects your mood. Dark rooms also feel colder than a bright, open space, even if the room is actually the same temperature. With rising gas and electricity costs, you could find that investing money in making your room brighter saves you money in the long run.
Choose Bi-Fold Doors
Bi-fold doors have become increasingly popular in recent years and one of the reasons is that they allow light to flood into a room. If you have a room that backs onto a garden, bi-fold doors could be an ideal solution to making a dark room brighter. Not only that, but it also makes your garden a more useable space that feels part of your home and increases the sense of flow which is so important in making a house feel roomy.
Adding a skylight window (also sometimes called a flat roof window) will instantly make a room lighter and brighter. Roof windows are an excellent choice for extensions and there are a range of options available from budget choices to luxury products. Whether you’re watching the clouds float overhead, enjoying radiant sunshine or listening to the pitter patter of raindrops, you will feel closer to nature and be able to appreciate the glow, for flat roof windows bring both style and light to a room.
A strategically placed mirror can make a huge difference to the light level in a room. To take best advantage, hang a mirror opposite a source of natural light such as a window or door. This clever trick reflects the light around the room, making it appear brighter and more spacious – no wonder interior designers have been using this trick for years! For anyone on a tight budget this is well worth a try and also adds a feature to a wall that needs livening up.
Go All White
A pale colour palette is another go-to move for interior designers looking to make a space seem brighter. Brilliant white walls will reflect light and make a space seem airier, but if a room is particularly dingy, you may want to take things further with white flooring and furniture. Painted floorboards are on-trend right now and are an affordable option for people wanting a quick fix.
Cluttered spaces and heavy, dark furniture can make a space feel cramped. If you think your belongings could be draining your space of much-needed light, it could be time for a clear out. Set aside a day to decide what can be got rid of and list on online selling sites or donate to charity. A minimalist approach isn’t for everyone, but it creates a brighter, streamlined look that will benefit a dark space.
Whichever option you choose, enjoy the benefits of extra light in your home. Not only can it boost your mood but it can also make you feel a renewed sense of pride for your living space.
Author: Ryan Byrne