A dark and dingy room can feel small and far less pleasant to be in. After all, getting the lighting in your home right is important.
Use different length pendants. With so many styles available, from clean minimalist to quirky and old-fashioned, there's a pendant light to fit any home décor style.
If your home or one room, in particular, feels gloomy, don't despair.
You don't have to paint all your walls white and you certainly don't need to put your house on the market just to get an airier space.
By trying one or more of these nine lighting tricks, Bertus says you can transform a dark room into a light and beautiful space. Here are some tips.
1. Use different length pendants
Pendant lights are on trend right now, and with good reason. With so many styles available, from clean minimalist to quirky and old-fashioned, there's a pendant light to fit any home décor style.
Pendants do more than look good, though. They’re also excellent for lifting the light level in a dingy room.
All you need to do is hang your pendants at different heights. This will create a more layered lighting effect, and your room will look brighter overall.
2. Make use of a mirror
Using a mirror to improve lighting is the oldest trick in the book, and it works. Choose an attractive statement mirror that works with your décor and hang it anywhere in your room.
Choose an attractive statement mirror that works with your décor and hang it anywhere in your room to improve lighting.
Now all you need to do is hang a pendant light so that it reflects in the mirror. Alternatively, you can place a table lamp near the mirror. Make sure the glass catches the reflection of the light. The reflection will make it look like there's more light shining in your room, making everything look brighter.
3. Add a few lamps
Instead of trying to light your room using one overhead light, try adding in a few lamps.
You can pick up table lamps in a wide range of styles or, if table lamps aren't your thing, why not look for floor lamps in a style that you like?
Dot the lamps around your room. Find locations that look great such as a mantelpiece, coffee table or place a floor lamp beside or behind a couch.
4. Make the most of reflective surfaces
You don't have to rely only on mirrors to reflect light. Take a look around your home and see if you can find any other surfaces that will catch and reflect light.
Brightening your ceiling will help a lot, especially if your ceiling is dark colored or wood panelled.
A pale colored wall, light ceiling or a large pale coloured piece of furniture all have the potential to catch the light.
Position your lamps or pendants so the light falls on those surfaces. The surfaces will brighten up, and so will your room.
5. Brighten your ceiling
Brightening your ceiling will help a lot. This is especially true if your ceiling is dark in color or wood panelled.
Use uplighters or recessed lighting to increase the light around your ceiling and brighten any dark corners.
6. Focus on standout features
Highlighting a feature in a room will add interest and focus the décor in your room. The added lighting will also contribute to the overall lighting of the room.
A feature can be anything that will look great with an extra lamp next to it or a pendant suspended over it.
Good feature choices include a sofa, table, desk, a piece of artwork or large photograph on your wall.
7. Choose your shades carefully
Highlighting a feature in a room will add interest and focus the décor in your room.
The shades you choose for your lamps or pendants can make a big difference to the overall light levels in a room. If you opt for dark, rich or matt colors, the shades will trap more light and your room will look dimmer.
On the other hand, if you choose shades of light, bright materials or glass, your lights will shine more brightly and your room will look lighter as a result.
8. Experiment with different bulbs
Don't forget to try out different bulbs in some of your lights, to see which ones give you the best lighting effects. Switching to a brighter bulb or a daylight bulb can make a big difference.
Always make sure you choose bulbs that are suitable for the fittings and wattage of each light.
9. Vary your light levels
One constant light source will soon tire your eyes and tends not to flatter a room. To get things right, vary the light levels throughout the room.
You can do this by placing several light sources around the room instead of one. You can also use different strength bulbs in different lights to create a more layered effect. You don't have to live in a dingy room. Try out these nine simple tricks and watch your dark room transform into a lighter, brighter space.