Are you living in darkness? Does your room dampen your mood? Does it feel like you are living in a dungeon? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions you might want to start thinking about investing in some lighting.
Whether you are renting or own your house, a dark room can really dampen your mood. It can influence your productivity, and even lead to depression. Unless your room or house has a lot of windows you will know the pain of having dark spots. Bring them to life by adding some new lighting. There are a number of quick and easy lighting tricks that you can use. Here are a few tips and tricks that can be used to turn your dungeon into an open palace.
Paint the walls white
Lighter colours can make rooms look brighter. You do not need to paint the walls white, but you can choose lighter and softer colours to really make rooms brighter. Painting the walls a light colour will also help make the room seem bigger. As darker colours tend to absorb light it can make the room look smaller. There is a lot of psychology when it comes to choosing the colours of your walls as it can really affect your mood.
Use a number of lights
Though it may seem obvious, one single light in the centre of your room will not really flood the room with much lighting. If you have a north facing room think about using a number of wall lights for those dark rooms. If you do not want to rewire your house, think about bringing two table lights and have them jotted around the room.
Having a number of pendant lights dropping down look great and will certainly complement the room, these can also increase the total amount of lighting. Urban Cottage have several bespoke lights worth checking out.
There are bulbs that actually replicate real light. Another means of making a room brighter is by buying daylight bulbs. Daylight bulbs replicate the colour temperature of sunlight during the day, while full-spectrum bulbs emit light across the full spectrum of natural light, providing all the associated benefits. Full spectrum lighting can be used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder.
There are four main types of daylight bulbs these are: LED bulbs, tubes, incandescent bulbs and energy saving bulbs.
Dimmers are perfect for reducing lighting, but can also be used to turn up lighting. If you have several lights you might want to have certain lights dimmed and some brighter than other. Doing so can really add perspective.
Use reflective surfaces
Reflective surfaces can bounce light around the room. An easy means of introducing reflective surfaces to your home is by using gloss paint. Gloss painted floors and ceilings can really be effective. Other tips include painting windows sills with a gloss paint so that any light entering the home is bounced around.
Thanks for reading, I hope you found some inspiration from this article!