Our Top Clever Design Tips For Naturally Brightening Any Room
Bringing more light into a room doesn’t have to be as hard as adding new windows or installing new light fixtures. Try these simple tips to brighten even the darkest of spaces.
Brighter rooms are not only more welcoming, but they can help give the illusion that the space is actually bigger than it really is. Start by choosing a matte paint for your wall rather than one with a glossy finish. Gloss creates glare, where as matte reflects light, and is therefore, better for brightening a room. Try and stick to white walls and limit saturated colours to feature walls or accessories within the room.
Paint your ceiling the brightest shade of white you can find, as it will help to reflect light and it will make it feel taller. Avoid off white or cream shades as they will not have the same effect.
Avoid positioning bookshelves and wall units opposite windows and make sure to limit the amount of dark wall art, as these will obstruct the natural light from bouncing around the room. Rather, place reflective surfaces such as mirrors across from windows and try metallic and translucent pieces to help naturally brighten your room.
When buying furniture, steer clear of dark bulky pieces, as they can add heaviness to the room. Opt for lighter, sleeker pieces and colours that will enable you to see the floor. Make sure you also avoid dark and heavy curtains. Translucent shades and light coloured linen curtains will allow sun to filter into the room while providing the privacy you need.
It's important to remember that light colours on the floor will also make a difference to the feel and brightness of a room. If you don’t have light floors already in your home, add some bright rugs in your lounge room or bedroom for an easy fix.
Opt for light bulbs with a higher light intensity, such as fluorescent bulbs and LED lights as they will really illuminate the room when it's dark outside.
And finally, it may seem obvious, but simply cleaning your windows on a regular basis can make a huge difference to the amount of natural light that shines into a room.