Tips for opening up your room to light

A dark room can seem small and oppressive. There are many different things that can make a room seem dark, such as no windows, small windows, low ceilings, insufficient lighting, or windows that are permanently in the shade because of trees or the angle of your house.

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If you have a dark room that you want to open up to the light, don’t worry. Here are 3 tips that will make the most of the natural light in your home.

Add windows

If you are willing to renovate the room, you can add windows for extra light. Make sure that you install large windows – ones that reach to the floor or ceiling are best, as they add a lot of light to the room. Consider where you will put the windows. Is there any natural beauty outside your home that you would love to be able to see from inside?

You can also use skylights to add light. According to Homes And Property, a skylight will help to maximise the daylight in your home.

Use mirrors

Mirrors are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to add light to a room. They will reflect any natural light that is already in the room, effectively doubling the natural light available. The reflections can also make a room seem much larger, which can be useful as dark rooms often appear smaller. You can use one large free-standing mirror for a classic effect, or you can place lots of small mirrors on one wall for a more unique look. You can also buy mirrored furniture for living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways. You can find mirrored furniture at websites such as

Install LED lights

Hanging lights with lampshades can actually make a room seem darker, but LED lighting that is embedded in the ceiling will make a room seem lighter and bigger. This is because the lights do not crowd the space, and the light itself is brighter and more like daylight. These small lights can transform the brightness of the room, and you can buy environmentally friendly lights to keep the bills down.

It is often best to place the lighting in the centre of the room, so that the light fills the room evenly, making it less likely that there will still be dark spaces in the room.