How to bring light into a dark room by Jackie Carton
Obviously the colour of the walls, floor and ceiling are the primary considerations. Dark colours absorb light and lighter ones reflect it. The surface finish is also important. Glossy or high sheen surfaces will bounce the light further into the room. Bulky furniture items like sofas take up a large volume of the visual space so if these are dark blocks of colour the room will feel less light. The window treatment can make a huge difference. A roller or roman blind that can be fully raised will allow much more light to penetrate than say a dark wood venetian. Curtains that can be drawn fully back to the windows edge are helpful also. Its a well known interior tip but a large mirror positioned opposite a window will really reflect the light into the space. For rooms starved of natural light, artificial lighting plays a huge part too. Consider the choices - centre pendants, spotlights, task lights, strip lighting, standard lamps, reading lamps, picture lights, wall lights – the list is endless! A good combination of these can completely change the ambiance and visual effect within any room.