5 Ways To Increase The Light In Your Home

19 December 2017

Photo by Aaron Huber on Unsplash

With the dark nights upon us there never seems quite enough daylight hours and if your house tends to be on the dark side then there are a few things you can do to add additional lighting or increase sunlight in a room. I always suffer during the winter months due to daylight hours shortening, quite often feeling depressed. But is seems I am not on my own, a lot of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder through lack of sunlight which can lead to a lack of Vitamin D through the winter months.

Keep the walls light
When it comes to decorating a simple and easy way to make a small space look larger and brighter is to use a light coloured paint with a sheen rather than matt. The more light surfaces you have in your home will improve the quality of light.
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Use mirrors
By simply placing mirrors opposite any windows you can reflect any light, doubling the brightness in a room. This can be a cost effective way of improving light with minimal effort.

Install a roof lantern
If cost is not an issue then upvc roof lanterns are a fabulous way of improving natural light and although the outlay will be considerably more, in the long run you will reap the benefits of glorious daylight.

Lights and candles
Try using LED lights, they are more energy efficient and last longer than traditional light bulbs, you can even by the stick on ones to lighten up any dark areas. My favourite way of creating a nice warm glow in a room is by using candles, who doesn't love candles? There are so many to choose from and the scented ones give off a lovely aroma too.

Dress your windows
Using a light coloured fabric can increase the amount of light let in to your home and give an illusion of more space. A great way of using lace or pretty net fabric as curtains, is to use a blind on the window itself and drape the lace fabric over a pole.

These are just a few ideas to think about if your room tends to be on the dark side. Do you have any tips for improving light?

This is a collaborative post.


  1. Some great tips here - we have a dark landing, I'm going to look into the roof lanterns now

  2. My parents house is very dark. These are some useful tips. We use mirrors in our lounge to make it lighter and we keep our walls in white cream or beige too. it does make a difference.

  3. The Swedes are masters of all this as we are finding out, due to all the darkness in Winter. Lots of large windows, no curtains, lots of lamps, and zillions of candles everywhere!

  4. Like you, we always light candles in the winter. It just gives the house a lovely glow, doesn't it? Not a big fan of winter, but I do love lighting candles and the glow of the fire :)

  5. I think we need to dress our kitchen window and add some mirrors. The room is naturally dark and the previous owners then put in a dark kitchen, which just doesn't really work.

  6. Oh I love LED lights I have a few and they are fab! I had no idea that they were more energy efficient though!

  7. I struggle with this with my lounge, always struggling to get enough light

  8. Great tips! The front of our house gets way more light than the back and it can feel quite cold and dark!

  9. I love this time of year as you can top up the light with fairy lights. Do love my candles too

  10. I normally use candles especially around this time of year, these are really great tips

  11. I definitely need to add a few mirrors to our living space as it's very dark and I think this will make a big difference


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