We are sharing our Interior Design know-how tactics to increase the brightness of a room with little to no natural lighting.
Interior Designer Jena Murphy from the HHII team is shedding light on the best ways to brighten up a dimly lit room.
1. What are some different lighting options you consider when designing for a space with low light?
- Ambient lighting is usually the first layer. It provides an overall soft light to a room and is a great replacement for natural light.
- Recessed lighting, strategically placed, is ideal for basements with low ceiling height as they will not get in the way.
- Task lighting like floor or table lamps and accent lighting like wall sconces are both necessary additions in a well-lit, balanced space.
- If you have the ceiling height, decorative lights such as chandeliers and pendants are great for making a statement.
- The temperature of the light bulbs you choose will have a big impact on the way your space appears. Where you place them is equally as important.
2. What are your go-to tactics to increase the brightness of a space with little to no natural lighting?
- Using a lighter toned color palette will have an impact on the brightness of the space. Lighter fabrics, rugs, as well as lighter wood tones can all help brighten up a space.
- As a “rule of thumb” you should try and incorporate at least eight different light sources into a space. Working with natural lighting is best but utilizing overhead lights, floor lamps, end table lamps, wall sconces and accent lighting, as well as a fireplaces and even candles can all add dimension to a room.
It’s important for you to understand what the space will be used for and how often it will be used. By utilizing the above tactics you can turn a dark, low-lit basement into a beautiful extension of your home.