Most people love a spacious room with tons of natural light pouring in. These spaces are usually the ones that are shown off during home remodels. While it all may sound nice and ideal, not every home was built with the idea of letting tons of natural light come indoors. This results in many areas of the home being dimly lit. Rooms without much lighting can often give the impression of being smaller and more cluttered, even if the square footage is just fine. No matter how big the room may be, here are several ways to brighten low-light rooms and spaces to give them a more inviting and spacious look.
Lights, Mirrors, Angles, and Windows
A lot of people think that just by adding any lamp into a room, the job of lighting up the room is complete. While adding a lamp can light up a certain area, it won’t allow the room to have its best look. If you are thinking about adding some light to the room, think about where the light is placed and what angle it’s pointed to. Also, consider the type of bulb being used. Both of these details make a huge difference. For example, imagine a white lightbulb covered by a lampshade that points towards the ceiling, highlighting the rising walls in the room. Now, picture a yellow-orange light bulb covered in a closed top lampshade that only points down. The second scenario deprives the room of more light and gives it an orange glow too. This just makes the room feel even more crowded and small.
In addition to this, always keep windows in the room (if there are any) clean. Clean windows allow more sunlight to come in and fill the room. Also, consider placing mirrors near light sources inside the room. This will allow the space to seem larger and also reflect any light coming into the room.
The style in a dimly lit room can either make it or break it. Make sure to keep the traffic flow spaces in a room as open as possible. This may mean changing or shifting the larger furniture in a space. If the room has windows, try and steer clear of drapes and curtains. This will allow the natural light to flow into and fill the room. Since windows face outward, it also gives the perception that the room is longer and larger than it is. Adding small touches, such as a light rug or strong canvas/painting, also “tricks” the eye into focusing on certain parts of the room, taking focus away from the actual size.
Paint and Color
One of the most powerful tools anyone can use to make a dark space seem lighter is to use color to their advantage. Dark paints, color, and textures absorb light and make spaces feel crowded. However, just because dark colors might absorb space doesn’t mean that all light colors are the best for small spaces. Some fare better than others! The best colors for low-light rooms are colors with soft undertones. Colors such as pale yellow, lavender, chocolate brown, grey, and light blue are the best for small spaces. All of those colors aren’t necessarily bright white, which gives us a neat insight into how color plays with our psychology when perceiving how big or small a space is.
While planning a project like this might not be complicated, the time to execute it could be an additional burden to anyone. If you are looking to spruce up a small space with color, give us a call! We offer free consultations and can take this project off of your hands. We enjoy helping customers transform the spaces inside their dream homes.