One of the things I was concerned about when we chose our home in Somerset was the fact that the lounge is so dark. There is little in the way of natural light. This is because of the conservatory being built on to the back of the house, There are also no outside windows as such. It was a similar story in the lounge in our previous house.
Despite this, we loved the house and went ahead with the purchase, so we had to make sure we were creative in making sure that the lounge was a brighter space.
Avoid dark colours
One of the things that didn’t help when we viewed the house, was the fact that the previous owner had very dark furniture. So did we, when we moved in but we knew we were going to change the sofa. As a result, we purchased a cream leather corner sofa and made sure that none of the furniture was dark. Thankfully, the walls were already painted cream and the new sofa really helped to make a difference.
Consider bi-fold patio doors
One of the things we have looked at is bi-fold patio doors from the lounge into the conservatory. These types of doors can create a smooth transition between rooms or from indoor to outdoor areas. They also help to add more light. The great thing about them is, not only are they energy efficient and open up your room for a better view, but they can also come in a variety of different shades helping with the lighter colour scheme.
Add mirrors to reflect light
This was one of the first things I did when we moved in. I had a couple of different, large wall mirrors which we had used in the lounge in our last home to help reflect any light from outside windows. In the case of our new lounge, I placed the wall mirror directly opposite the patio door which leads to our conservatory. This means that any light which does filter through is captured easily and reflected into our lounge.
Use internal glass doors
Someone really thought ahead when they constructed the lounge in our house. It is the only room in the whole property which has an internal glass door leading into it. This again adds to any natural light. This is not only from the conservatory area but also from the hall – which itself, is also quite dark.
Add recessed lighting to your ceilings
Another thing which we noticed when we first viewed the property was the amount of recessed lights there were. Whilst the bulbs can be tricky to change, ceilings can absorb a lot of light – especially the darker ones. The bulbs can be strategically placed. This helps to ensure that they provide your room with the best lighting possible.
Do you have any tips on how to brighten up a dark room?
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