Happy Monday! Today we’ve got a great post about bringing in light into your home – something super important and mood-lifting as we enter into the warmer seasons!
When decorating, we all want to create the illusion of having more space than we actually have. Even if we have large rooms, we still like to feel we are in a bigger room with nothing to get in our way, right?
There are numerous handy tips and ideas on how to make a space seem larger and lighter by using mirrors and reflective surfaces – and here are a just a few of them:
Natural light line
One key aspect for increasing the light in the home is to assess the line of natural light that is entering the room. You need to think about what times of day you are most going to be in the given room and see where the natural light comes from at this time.
From this you can consider strategically placing a mirror or mirrored surface in the direct path of the natural light. The mirrored surface will project further light back into the room, helping to make it light and airy. You will not actually increase the light level, but give the illusion that the room is lighter than it is.
This is great for rooms that are small or that don’t get a lot of natural light coming in. No matter how many lamps or ceiling lights we use, nothing beats natural light for lifting a room.
Glass sliding doors
Whether you are creating the illusion of light or space, glass sliding doors are fantastic.
If you have a conservatory, you may consider using glass sliding doors to separate the conservatory from the joining room. Using the sliding doors means that you get all the benefit of the light from the conservatory in the adjoining room but still keep the two areas separate.
Another way to use glass sliding doors to give light to your room is in the bedroom. How? By using mirrored wardrobe doors of course! These are great for smaller rooms as the light which comes in the window is reflected and bounced round the room by the wardrobe doors. Also, by using mirrored doors, you get a practical addition to your bedroom – allowing you to check your appearance whilst still creating the illusion of more room and space.
Whilst natural light is always best, that doesn’t mean artificial lighting doesn’t have its merits. For rooms which are really deprived of sunlight, consider fitting a range of light fixtures that increase visibility exactly where you need it. Adjustable lamps, spotlights and dimmer switches are all popular options and allow you to angle fittings so that light is delivered exactly where you want it. Aim lights at nooks and crannies, as well as at mirrors and reflective surfaces, to ensure every corner is illuminated.
What do you think about lighting – how do you incorporate it into your home?