How to light up a room
Stuck with a dull and dark room? Not quite sure how to bring it to life? Here are our tips and tricks.
Opt for them white walls. It may seem obvious but using light and neutral coloured paint really does help when trying to brighten up a dark room, not so obvious may be the choice to us Matte paint rather than glossy paint. Glossy paint will often create glare instead of reflecting light around your room, on the other hand Matte reflects light around the room, creating a brighter and warmer feel.
Think About Placement
Think about where you are placing your lights, rather than just sticking a floor lamp in the corner of the room, think about where you place it and how you can get the most from the light you have. Consider how it can compliment the natural lighting coming into the room, can you place it near a mirror in order to bounce the light around? Is there a particular area of the room in which gets used more than the rest? Is there a corner that gains no natural light? Is there something that may block the light? These are all things to think about when placing a lamp or installing lights in a room.
Use bright white and neutral coloured window dressings in order to maximise the natural light coming in through your window. Darker dressings can stop light coming through and also create heavy shadows around the window.
Paint Your Ceiling
Painting your ceiling bright white can hugely effect the amount of light being bounced around the room, complimenting your bright walls and light rug, the ceiling is the finish touch in order to make sure that every edge of the room feels as light as possible. It is important to make sure that you don’t compromise on the ceiling, bright white being the way to go, unlike the walls where other light neutrals may work, in order to get the most from your ceiling use bright white. Not only are you going to get a brighter room but it also helps in making the room feel taller and spacious.
Nothing makes a room feel more dark and dingy than too much clutter. Keep your accessories to a minimum, and don't clutter shelves and sideboards. Metallic accessories in the form of photo frames and clocks are great for reflecting just a little bit of extra light, further to this potted plants in white pots are great for making a room feel brighter.
Keep It Balanced
It may feel contradicting, but embracing certain dark areas of your room or adding a splash of dark furniture here and there will help in making the room feel lighter. Rather than just trying to brighten every aspect of the room, keep it balanced and leave in some contrast.