By Dominique Hill
Having proper lighting is an essential part of a well-designed space. Unfortunately, not all dwellings are created equal in that department and it’s up to us to use the tools we have available to make a room appear bright and welcoming. Here are some of the steps we take to brightening a dark room.
But First, Consider the Light You’ve Got
The first thing to consider is the natural light you do have available, if any at all. Most would suggest sheer curtains on your windows which is a good option, but in some cases window privacy film may be a better fit. If your windows are on or around your door, are not standard size, or come in a different shape privacy window film can be an amazing way to let the light in. The window film is easy to apply and comes in a variety of patterns from plain frost to floral and geometric prints.
Layers of Light
Still dark? No windows? Obviously, it’s time to buy something to brighten your space, but there are so many options. Canned lights, table lamps, floor lamps, ceiling fans, chandeliers….Where to start? Begin with the function of the room and then the design aesthetic. Function will help narrow down the type of lighting that’s appropriate for the space and design aesthetic will help bring charm, character, and cohesion. In particularly dark rooms try to bring in multiple layers of light such as both a ceiling fan and table lamps.
Photo by Vecislavas Popa
From the Windows to the Walls
There are a variety of ways to use your walls to brighten your space. Artwork, décor, and especially well-placed mirrors are a great way to bring some light into the room. If possible, hang a mirror on the wall opposite of your window or other light source to reflect more light into the room. Add large pieces of colorful artwork which can not only brighten your space, but it can make you home seem more expensive. And of course, if the room has been painted in a dark color try repainting it in a lighter color/hue or incase of a rental try peel and stick wallpaper.
Photo by Max Rahubovskiy