Working in a dark room comes with lots of challenges but there are ways to overcome them too.
If your home’s windows are tiny or it stands in the shadow of another building, a tree or anything else blocking light from coming in, it can be a challenge to make space feel less dark and dingy and more bright and welcoming.
If this is something you have been struggling with in your home, here are seven tips that will help to make the shadiest of spaces sparkle.
1. Keep walls light
The key here is you want to create light, not shadows, so when choosing your paint or wallpaper, choose lighter shades, or you can even try custom wallpaper to brighten up the wall. It does not have to be white but avoid deep, intense colors – avoid making it feel like a cave and think more woodland glade.
2. Statement light fitting
A large reflective light-fitting will help disperse the light around the room even when the light is not switched on.
It also makes for a great focal point and talking point for your design scheme too!
3. Use bright color accents
If you are keeping the walls fairly neutral you can brighten the space even further by adding pops of color like neons and yellows. These eye-catching accents will lift the mood and add interest to a drab looking space.
4. Incorporate high-shine metals
To add even more reflected light, choose furniture and accessories which incorporate high shine metals. You could opt for an art deco scheme using gold accents in paintwork, lamps and mirrors or a 1980s look with lots of chrome.
5. Artificial plants
There are some plants which will survive in fairly low light situations but for especially dark rooms, like a windowless bathroom, for example, it is impossible to brighten the place up with living foliage.
The solution here is to opt for artificial plants which will keep looking their best, whatever the lighting. Interior design website Hemsly stocks attractive artificial orchids which add color and elegance to a shady spot.
6. Floor lamps
Use tall lamps behind seating and other furniture to illuminate dark corners and lift your space out of the shadows.
They are also great for creating mood lighting, a time when the low light in your space can be used to positive effect.
7. Do not block windows
This might seem like a no-brainer but you need to make sure there is nothing hindering what little light does actually reach your windows so make sure your drapes are not even partially in the way. Choose lighter fabrics or opt for blinds or shutters which can be pulled right back during the daytime.
Another tip is to leave your windowsills completely empty. While it is tempting to add accessories here, you do not want anything standing in the way of the light entering the room.
When dealing with darker spaces, you do need to put a little extra thought into your interior design scheme, but the results are worth it.
Incorporate some of these style tips into your space and you will transform it from a dark and unwelcoming place to a lighter, more inviting environment.