Light & Window treatments
Always consider what you need your window treatments to do. Is it to provide privacy? Then opt for a sheer, this shields you from the outside world but allows light through in an elegant fashion. Avoid fussy details, light flowing in is your main accessory.
Do you require shade from intense light? You may want to consider slatted blinds. Be aware of the overall impact blinds like this will have on your space, if they are timber for example, you will be blocking a significant proportion of light across your windows. Note: louvres angled slightly downwards towards the floor allow the most light in! Keep in mind that the colour of the louvres will reflect into your room so be conscious of this impact.
Light & Colour
Paler colours will bounce the light. This doesn’t have to be beige or cream, try a pale lemon on the ceiling for example, or hues of warm grey.
Darker colours will absorb the light- This is not something to be afraid of, you just need to decide (or get advice on) whether it is appropriate for you space.
Bright colours will reflect in a space. Choose one wall for a statement colour, use a neutral colour elsewhere. This causes an illusion due to reflection, the neutral coloured walls look like a lighter version of the accent colour.
Light & Materials
Light can be maximised through clever use of materials. Mirror as an obvious choice will always create an illusion of more light. Our advice here? Be careful with mirrors; they should always reflect something pretty or interesting. So try to place them in front of windows, artwork, open spaces etc.
Have a look at other reflective materials, maybe wallpaper? Stir clear of metallic papers, they will date your home quickly; instead try something with a sheen.
Light & Light
Try not to over light your space; always use the lowest wattage that feels comfortable.
Do your research on energy saving bulbs; the technology has advanced greatly in recent years. Older bulbs have a cold light that is both unflattering to the space & people. Always remember, daylight reveals colour; artificial light drains it, so make sure your artificial light brings warmth & ambience to your space.
Know your bulbs!
Fluorescent lighting is for task lighting
Warm white light LED & low voltage lighting is currently the closest we get to natural light. This type of lighting in key areas is what will make your interiors pop & sparkle.
How to improve your light on a budget?
Paint – an easy way to create a brighter space
Lamps - use low level lighting in restful areas, avoid using the central ceiling lighting fixture where possible.
Sheers - lose the bulky light blocking window treatments if you can. Let the light flood in.