A light-filled room is something that many homeowners hope to achieve. Dingy rooms with little to no light are seen as unappealing, and they’re not the sort of spaces that you’d want to invite guests. However, while a well-lit room is often a goal, it’s not necessarily one that’s easy to achieve – especially if your home is located in an area where natural light is at a big premium. Step forward these tips and tricks, all of which are designed to help you make your rooms as full of light as possible.
Work with your windows
The most desirable source of light is, of course, the light that exists naturally out of doors! In most properties, there will be some source of natural light. Even in underground basement apartments, there may be skylights or other innovative and clever ways for light to flood in. In standard above-ground houses, there are windows, of course. The problem is that windows, skylights and other natural light sources don’t always exist in the most convenient place for your lighting needs – and that’s where clever lighting solutions come in.
Your window might be too small, for example, and fail to let in enough natural light. In that case, why not consider what’s positioned around it? If you have a door near the window, it may be blocking light whenever it is left open – and could benefit from being repositioned so that it opens outwardly into the hall. Or you may have the opposite problem: perhaps your familyroom window lets in just the right amount of light for most of the day, but causes too much heat and sun rays for a few hours around noon. In that case, a set of solid shutters may be a good idea so that you can control the inflow without having to give up your natural light source altogether.
Lighting fixtures and fittings
However, light doesn’t just come from windows, of course. It’s also common practice to set up fixtures and fittings that provide electrical light to each room of the home. Most rooms are laid out in such a way that the light-fitting socket is located in the center of the ceiling, and this makes sense: it allows the light to radiate around the room in a fairly even fashion.
It’s with this sort of fitting that you’ll need to choose what type of light you want. A bright light with a powerful bulb may technically provide the most light inflow, but it may also be so bright that it is uncomfortable – and you may find that you lose light in the long run if you can’t bear to keepsuch a bright one on. As a result, opting for a softer light – such as lamp light – is a good bet, especially in rooms such as bedrooms.
Don’t forget color
What many people don’t realize about light, however, is that it can be perceived very differently depending on the color palette of the room in which it is seen. If you find yourself decorating a room that’s dark, it’s wise to consider a certain set of paint colors in order to be sure that the room’s light will work as hard as possible. The most obvious option is to paint the room white, as white is good at reflecting light and essentially bouncing it from one surface to the next: this is one of the reasons why so many rooms are often painted in this color.
However, there are drawbacks to white. It may appear boring to someone who wants to place their own stamp on a home, while it can also be vulnerable to dirt accumulation. Other colors that are often used in rooms that are particularly dark include yellow, which can conjure up perceptions of sunlight. Pastel colors such as pink, meanwhile, add a splash of focus without being too striking – or, indeed, leading to a situation where natural light cannot be sufficiently reflected.
A dark room can be a real problem – especially if you don’t have the natural light options, such as large windows, to solve it. However, there are ways to fix the problem. You can reconfigure your room in a clever way to allow more light to flood in and around it, for example, while you can also work creatively with color and light fittings.