Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How to Brighten a Dull Room

Using artificial lighting during the day is not just expensive and ecologically unfriendly; it can also make the interior of a home look dull and, according to some interior designers, ‘artificial.’ If you find that some or all of the rooms in your home do not have the kind of light you want, here are some tips to make them brighter look better.

Remove anything that could restrict light entering through the windows. That includes secondary glazing which often absorbs light and any objects from the window sills. Replacing heavy curtains with thin drapes or blinds will also allow more light to enter.

You can increase the effect of available light by reflecting it. Use mirrors to make a room look brighter. A mirror placed opposite a window will reflect light around a room.

Paint dark rooms in bright colors. Hues like light green, lilac, blue etc. will make a room look larger and bright while dark shades like brown, red, orange and so on absorb light and make a room darker. The more glossy the finish, the more reflective the paint.

Choose colors according the where you live. In regions where the sunlight is bright and strong, stronger hues can reduce the glare and help to keep a room cooler. However, where the natural light is less strong or where cloudy skies are common, these shades can make the same room, with the same décor, look drab.

The floor has a major impact on how bright a room is. Carpets, even light colored ones, tend to absorb light. A polished floor of stone or hardwood will reflect the available light throughout the room and make it look brighter.

For a small room, less is more. Minimizing the furniture and avoiding patterns that draw the eye away from the natural light that is present will make the room look more open and bright.

In general, the more open a room is, the brighter it looks. If you have a large room with big windows that still appears gloomy, consider replacing heavy furniture with slimmer designs. This will free up space and make the room look more open and bright.

Invest in tubular daylighting devices (TDDS) or, as they are often called, daylighting systems. These capture natural sunlight and use high tech tubing to carry it through walls and ceiling to the interior of a home. Such systems have almost no light loss and can bring natural lighting to even those parts of a structure that do not have access to external light, such as closets. You can get fittings of all styles to suit any décor so they can be installed almost anywhere. The cost is far lower than you think, installation is easy and inexpensive and once in place, you can expect clear natural daylight for years at no cost.