Budget Friendly Tricks to Brighten up Dark Rooms
Your home should be your haven - a place you can relax and enjoy every inch of. After all, you worked so hard to get it.
This is why it’s important to make sure you make the most of your home and not let any nook or cranny go to waste. If you have a dark, unused room in your home that's a little unloved then we have some tips and tricks to help you transform the space, giving you a whole new room in your home to enjoy.
Let there be light!
If there's one thing that’s essential to any room, it’s plenty of daylight.
Good lighting in your home is particularly necessary if you’re considering using your new space as a creative studio, home office or even a library. Plenty of natural light can have a dramatic affect on the feel of your room, so if a space in your home feels dark and dingy then the first thing to do is let in some daylight.
Sun tunnels - also known as sun pipes or light tunnels - are the perfect way to let daylight in to a room that has no windows, such as a basement, permanently reducing the darkness in the space. These ingenious solutions work by transporting rays of light from your roof down a highly reflective tube and into the space below, flooding a previously dull and windowless room with tons of natural light. It really is quite amazing the difference a sun tunnel can make.
As well as their brightening capabilities, sun tunnels can help save escalating energy bills, as they remove the need for switching lights on during the day. This means they’re kinder to both your bank balance and the environment. Take a look at our extensive range of FAKRO, VELUX and Lightway sun tunnels for more information.
Once you’ve filled your room with natural light, you need to make the most of it.
One trick that never fails is through clever use of mirrors and glass. Mirrors are a particularly great way of creating the illusion of space in a smaller room, maximising light and creating reflections to bounce rays around.
Tuck mirrors into corners or create a focal point with a large mirror on a feature wall. You could also hang wall art in glass frames to help create even more reflections in a room.
Think practically when it comes to wall art, hanging things like a memo board for an office or pretty storage containers to house any of your crafty items, creating an inspiring yet functional finished look.
Clever use of furniture
Use furniture to make the most of your light.
By choosing light-reflecting furniture such as a glass coffee table over solid, opaque options, you avoid blocking off areas. When working with a small space many people often fall into the trap of avoiding large furniture, but this is not always beneficial. Think carefully about the function of your room when you’re buying furniture so you'll a better idea of what you will need. And don’t necessarily think small - if you only need a desk in the space then go for a statement one that becomes the feature of the whole room.
It’s also good to remember to look up and not let vertical space go to waste. If your floor space is limited then walls are a great place to display art or wall hangings, drawing the eye up and creating the illusion of size, as well as adding little personal touches to make a room truly feel unique.
The key to transforming a dull, unused room in your home is lighting. Once you’ve got that right the possibilities are endless, allowing you to create a balance between domesticity, style and function in a room that's sure to become a new favourite in your home.
Don’t forget to check our range of sun tunnels to start a transformation in your home.