Winter is well on it’s way and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get any sort of natural light in my room. Unfortunately I was the last person to be allocated a room at the beginning of this academic room so I had an almost basement room which was on the street level and next to zero light! Fortunately since then I have moved into the room directly above it, but there is still a great, big wall blocking the sunlight from touching this entire side of the accommodation block so I still only have about 20% natural sunlight. We’ve also been having a loft conversion at home, which is nearing completion, so I’ve been thinking about how you can decorate a room to make it look as big and bright as possible.
Here are 3 ways to make a dark room seem brighter:
Paint the walls and ceilings white
White coloured walls will reflect any light in the room, thereby making your room look bigger and brighter than it actually is. Dark walls will have the opposite effect and make a space seem small and dingy so consider giving your walls a lighter coat this winter. You don’t need to go for stark white if you think that’s too plain or clinical, you could opt for a soft yellow or another light, pale colour. If you want as much natural light as possible then then this is a great way to achieve that as it doesn’t involve artificial lamps. Here’s a guide to hassle-free painting.
Mirrors have the double effect of making your room seem twice as big as it actually is but also making the room significantly brighter. The reflection in the mirror can make it seem at first glance that there is much more space in the room and some strategically placed mirrors will undoubtedly add to the room’s aesthetic. The mirrors will also reflect any light that bounces off it, creating more light in your dark room. Here are some more tips for how to use mirrors for more light.
Invest in some floor lamps
I’ve always thought that overhead lighting is the best source of light for a room but recently I’ve discovered that really good floor lighting. This is a great option if you’re not able to carry out any proper DIY on your room and just want to add some extra elements to the room to make it brighter. The floor lamp in my room offers twice as much light as my two overhead lights do and it’s much more convenient as I can move it around the room to suit the shape of the room and where I want to sit in it. There are some great options available from Lampcommerce who stock a huge range of different and fashionable lighting options. The Artemide collection has particularly caught my eye as it has a large range of flexible lamps which can be adjusted to suit your own room.
Are you worried about having dark rooms this winter? How will you address the problem?
I’m opting for a wardrobe with large mirrors on the doors, tall standing lamps and white walls in my new bedroom so fingers crossed there’ll be plenty of light this winter!
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