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Natural light brightens the house. Photo: Blogo

If you’re a fan of the light and airy design style, living in a home that is lacking in natural light can be a drag. Even if most of your house has good light, getting natural light into a dark room is tough to do, too, which may result in that room never getting used.

Use Mirrors

You can amplify light using mirrors in a room to help spread out whatever natural light is able to creep in on its own.

Additionally, you can strategically place mirrors in a hallway to reflect light into a dark room off the side of it. Mirrors can do wonders when it comes to brightening up a space, you just have to know how to use them, according to Decoratedlife.

Use light furniture

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Light furniture helps bring natural light into the house. Photo: Housebeautiful

Remove dark furniture and accessories in favour of lighter shades wherever you can, particularly if they are blocking light from windows and doors. Pay particular attention to blinds and curtains, as heavy, dark window treatments can block light from entering your home, as cited by Housebeautiful.

Install Skylights in Your Ceiling

Skylights are an amazingly effective way of pulling in natural light. In fact, skylights are often called "windows for the roof." Not only do they present as much glazing area as a medium-sized window, they also face upward--where the sun is located. Skylights also bring in more consistent light than most windows because skylights are less likely to be shadowed by outdoor objects, and sunlight reflected off of clouds comes right into the house.

Keep the Walls Light

As with the furniture, floors, ceilings, and basically everything else in the room, you want to keep the walls as light as possible, too.

While a rich navy blue wall is gorgeous in a room with a lot of natural light, it will make you feel like you’re in a cave if it’s in a dark room. The lighter the walls, the better!

Turn Your Walls Into Mirrors With Higher Gloss Paint

Paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams notes, "The higher the gloss level, the higher the light reflectance–more light will bounce off a surface painted with a high gloss paint than one with a matte sheen.

In other words, by using glossier paint for your walls, you give them a mirror-like effect. And as everyone knows, mirrors reflect light.

This does not mean you should use glossypaint (though you can if you wish). It means going one notch up in a glossier direction. So, if you love matte, try eggshell. If you love eggshell, try semi-gloss. If you have a remarkably dark room, you may want to consider glossy paint for your walls, even though it is not typically used on walls. Just be aware that more gloss means more glare from strong light, especially artificial light.

Getting more natural light into a dark room isn’t exactly easy (without some major construction, at least), but it’s doable with some strategic design and decor skills. The biggest thing to remember is to create light through bright and airy colors in the room because otherwise, no matter how many mirrors you angle or floor lamps you put in there, that room will continue to look dark.
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