How to Brighten Dark Interiors
If you have been feeling stressed, cranky or moody, your interior design may be at fault. Studies have shown that human beings simply feel better in a home that gets a lot of natural light. If you want to brighten up your space and mood, here are some tips to bring more light into your gloomy interiors.
- Assess the dark areas in your home.
If you look at new condos in Toronto, you’ll notice that they are generally designed to get lots of natural light – with high ceilings and large glass windows. Ideally, your home should be designed in the same way so the sun’s rays can brighten inside.
But there’s no need to change your windows or knock down your walls. What’s important is that you know what areas don’t bring in enough natural light and what factors may have contributed to this. Perhaps you can choose lighter shades for your walls? Or replace your curtains with sheer blinds?
- Install recessed lighting fixtures to open up a dark ceiling.
Dark painted ceilings are common in homes today. Darker ceilings give a room a dramatic mood but the problem is that they can also make your room feel like a cave. To fix this, use recessed lighting fixtures to brighten up the ceiling. You can also install a dimmer switch so you’ll have control on the lighting.
- Choose double duty accent kitchen pendant lighting.
The kitchen is the one place in your home that you should aim to have as much light as possible – or at least create the illusion of brightness. So if it’s dark in certain areas, using pendant lighting fixtures will do the trick. Lighting manufacturers have many options like stainless steel, mosaic tile, designer glass, and even artisan blown glass pendant lights that you can choose from!
- Creating a balance between light and dark in your bedroom
Your bedroom is your own personal space and you are free to design it any way you choose. But to give your room a positive vibe, you need to strike a balance in the design. If you have dark bedding, then go for neutral walls to achieve a balanced and soothing atmosphere.
- Revitalizing your gloomy wardrobe closets
Closets are some of the darkest rooms in the home. But there are ways to bring light to these areas such as adding lighting fixtures, installing recessed lighting and painting your closets in light colors. You can also opt to add mirrors to reflect more light.
There are many things you can do to brighten up your dark interiors. The key is to know which areas you need to work on and identify the factors that may have contributed to the darkness in those areas. Once you’ve figured this out, you can then start making improvements with careful planning and research.