I think we all know that one room where things seem a bit depressed. Everything is darker and the room makes you feel down while your claustrophobia is flaring up. Everything around is crowded and tight and it would make a great scene for one of those bad horror movies where you expect the killer to be in the closet.
If you’re stuck with such a room, don’t lock the door and throw away the key! There are lots of simple and easy solutions to this problem and you won’t even have to install new windows (unless you really want to).
- Move the furniture around
You would be surprised to know how much light a piece of furniture can block if situated in the wrong place. Even a tall plant, with lots of leaves, could be the culprit for low-lighting conditions.
Make sure that the space right in front of the window is free so the light can pass through without having to encounter any blockages. Also, since you’re moving things around, try to see which pieces can be removed completely from the room. A crowded room goes against every modern interior design concept and will always give you the impression of a small, tight space.
- Window Treatments
Heavy window treatments are not good friends with a spacious, bright room. Remove those dark curtains and replace them with light fabrics in vivid or simple colors that will instantly spruce up the place and show you there’s another way to live. If you want your room to be both spacious and stylish, then we recommend getting up to date with the latest window treatments trends.
If you worry about privacy, then shutters are the best way to go as they will let in the necessary amount of light while keeping prying eyes outside.
- Change the door/s
Most big, old houses tend to implement a model of heavy, fully closed interior doors that completely shut out the light. To allow the light to move from one room to another, use glass with your doors. There are lots of possibilities out there like sliding doors, French doors, doors that swing, and so on. Just make sure to choose the door that fits your style and your budget.
- Use mirrors
Mirrors are a fantastic way to fool the eye and create the impression of light and space. You just have to know how to use them.
The ideal place for a mirror is right across from a window. This way, the mirror will take over the natural light and bounce it around the room, increasing the brightness. You can use big or small mirrors or you can use mirrored surfaces like the glass of a closet or door.
- Embrace the shadow
The first action that comes to mind when trying to brighten up a room is to paint it in light colors. Still, this may be a mistake. If you want a cozy room where you’ll feel relaxed and peaceful, then it’s best to consider warm, deep colors. Also, noise reduction windows may be a great choice if you want some peace and quiet.
So, before tearing the room apart, see if our ideas apply. There are always a few fine aspects that you can play with in order to brighten up the overall atmosphere of a room without any dramatic actions.