The evenings are getting longer, and spring is just around the corner!
Yet for some of us, the layout of our interiors can leave our rooms feeling a bit on the dingy side. However, before you start despairing, give these tips from The Lighting Superstore a go - they can play a part in lighting up even the dimmest of homes...
1. Mirror on the wall
It's an old trick but that doesn't mean it's not one of the best to try - use reflection to help to create a lighter and larger feeling.
If you use reflective surfaces and materials, you help to encourage both natural and artificial light to bounce around the room.
Make the most of this by hanging a large mirror directly opposite a window - this will successfully reflect the natural sunlight back around the room. For instance, if it's a dark, small hallway, try placing two same sized mirrors opposite each other - you have now created the impression of a wider space.
2. Light source
When you're struggling to light up a room without a natural light source, the quickest and most cost-effective method will be to substitute it with artificial light.
Avoid ceiling lights - these only accentuate your room's darkness, as it travels downwards without dispersing. Instead, try some carefully positioned floor and table lamps with a neutral shade at varying heights to encourage the flow of light upwards and to make sure it gets evenly distributed around the room.
3. Play with colour
Make sure you've chosen the right colour palette when you're looking to brighten up your space.
Choosing the right paint will help more light to bounce around your room from surface to surface. Good shades to pick include white or a light neutral coloured paint with a flossy finish. Keep your eyes peeled when picking a paint brand - some offer ranges with light-reflective particles that allows natural light to reflect.
Painting your ceiling in the same colour or with a similar shade helps you to create the illusion of a larger and airier space. If you think your room is uninspiring, there's a clever way around it - try hanging photos in mirrored frames. This both personalises your wall and gives you the mirrored vibes.
4. Window game
This one's obvious - if you don't have a window, light cannot enter.
When you're dressing yours, stick to light coloured curtains and blinds. The solution here will be voile and net curtains which let more light through without compromising privacy.
Another one to try is to keep your windows clean - it makes a big difference, as does ensuring you have no furniture blocking incoming daylight.