Have you ever walked into a friend’s home only to be stunned by how wonderfully light and airy it is compared to your home? Don’t worry; we’ve all been there. A lot of older homes were built in a way that makes them feel dark. So if you’ve got a slightly older property, it may be darker inside than you would like it to be. The good news is that in almost all cases, a dark home can be transformed into a lighter, airier space. It may just take some creative thinking; that’s all.
So what can you do to make your home feel lighter and airier?
Ask any interior designer, and they’ll tell you that the first step with any DIY project should always be getting inspiration. Because without taking the time to get inspired, how are you going to come up with ideas? The best place to start is online, as there are various resources to choose from. Two of the best of which are Pinterest and We Heart It, as they always have plenty of ideas and inspiration on offer.
Stick to white and neutral decor
The worst thing that you can do in a dark space is decorate in dark colours. So if your home is dark, it’s best to stick to mainly whites and other neutral colours, such as soft greys and beiges. This is because darker colours will make the room look and feel darker, while lighter ones will open it up. If you want to keep a room light but add a little colour to it, pastel hues are a good way to go. This is because they’re colourful but not too dark like brighter colours can be.
Have more windows added
If the room is incredibly dark, it could be worth having more windows added to it. If it’s a room that has a wall leading to your garden, perhaps you could have French doors installed instead? These would allow plenty of light to enter the room, and would make it feel wonderfully airy. Or, if you fancy adding more space to your home as well as light, it might be worth looking at heated bi-fold doors to see if you could add valuevto your home.
Reflect natural light back into the room
Last but not least, it might be the oldest trick in the book but using a mirror to reflect light is still worth mentioning. If you’re not able to add another window or a conservatory to your home, a good option could be placing mirrors opposite windows to reflect light. This might be an incredibly simple thing, but you would be amazed at how much difference it can make to the amount of light a room has.
There you have it, some of the best ways to say goodbye to living in the dark and lighting up the look of your home.