Give your home a brightening boost all year ’round by squeezing out every last drop of daylight
If you’d like to get more use out of your living areas in the daytime, take time to consider what improvements could be made. These 10 inspirational tips should help you to see the light.
When hanging drapes for insulation or to soften your space, take care that they don’t obscure precious light-bestowing glass. This means making sure the poles are long enough for curtains to be drawn back beyond the window frame.
Nordic-inspired all-white schemes are both on trend and on the money for living spaces that lack natural light. A few contrasting black accessories will stop your living room feeling sterile and will inject subtle monochrome style.
Use a large mirror to throw light back into a dark room. Position it either opposite or diagonal to a window for maximum luminosity.
If privacy is an issue in your living room, sheer blinds offer protection from prying eyes without compromising on light. Choose from simple white roller blinds, as seen here, or Roman blinds made from loosely woven cotton or linen.
Blinds not your bag? How about some chic sheer curtains instead? These gossamer-thin drapes lend this living room an ethereal quality without losing too much light. Take your curtains right up to the ceiling for maximum drama.
An effective lighting scheme is an integral part of any living room, and one that’s especially important in a space that lacks a sunny aspect. Try a combination of ceiling, floor and table lights, and have dimmers fitted where possible to create ambience. Use lamps as accessories –and remember, symmetry creates impact.
If your living room is south- or west-facing, but your dining room looks north or east, consider the impact of removing the dividing wall between the spaces. This means you and your ground floor get to soak in both the morning and afternoon light.
If you want to keep the divisions between connecting rooms but still max out on light, give your living room a lift by swapping solid doors for glass alternatives.
Wall mirrors aren’t the only light-infusing accessory you can introduce in a shady spot – look out for other shiny metal or glass pieces. These silver tables bring a hint of boudoir glam to this living room, particularly when paired with sparkling accents and super-soft upholstery.
If pale isn’t interesting to you, stick to a few carefully chosen white textiles to lift light levels without losing colour elsewhere. Restrict yourself to washable fabrics, however, if you’re prone to the odd spill or two.