Do you have a dark room in your home? A room that doesn’t get much natural light and that’s rather gloomy?
Unfortunately for me, I have two such rooms. My bedroom and my living room both tend to stay a little dark, this is even more apparent in the winter months when it gets darker earlier. And because I work from home, finding somewhere with natural light to work can be difficult – nobody wants to work in a gloomy room.
I recently found out there are a lot of benefits to natural light in the workplace. A study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign showed that office workers with more light exposure had longer sleep, better quality sleep, more physical activity and a better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace.
This year I will be decorating/adding the finishing touches to my home and since reading the study I have been looking for ways to bring more natural light into my home. I was surprised how simple and cheap some of the ideas were so I thought I would share some tips below. If you’re looking to let more natural light into a dark room you might find the tips below helpful.
Whether your room has a large or small window there are ways you can help bring more light into the room simply by how you choose to dress your window. Having dark curtains that hang in front of the window will restrict the amount of light coming into the room. Something as simple as using tiebacks to keep the curtains out of the way and letting in more light or using a blind which you can roll up to the top will help let as much natural light into the room as possible.
If you want to let in a lot of natural light and have a budget available then modern roof lanterns would be a great solution for letting more natural light into a room. I would love to have a home office in a loft space and install a roof lantern to let the natural light flood in. I always find I feel happier and am more productive when the sun is shining and there’s a lot of natural light, so this would be a great solution for me.
Adding a mirror, or mirrors to a dark room can help lighten the room by reflecting natural light and making the room look bigger. It’s also a relatively inexpensive way of brightening up a room when compared to adding a roof lantern etc.
If you have the ability to replace your solid doors with glass doors this will help let light move from room to room which will make the rooms in your home lighter. This isn’t a feasible solution for everyone, and if you have young children you might want to skip this one.
The colour of a room can have a drastic impact on how light or dark the room feels. Dark colours will absorb the light, while light colours such as white will help reflect the light making the room brighter.
I think the tips above are really useful for helping create a lighter room. I will be painting my room a light colour to help reflect the light and will also be adding a mirror or two to bring more light into the room. When I own my own home a roof lantern is top of my list of things I would love.
Do you have any helpful tips on bringing more light into a dark room?