People often list big windows and a lot of natural light as their home’s best feature. Unfortunately, not every room in a home can be showered with sunlight every day. But, even the darkest of the rooms can be made bright and sunny with some appropriate lighting and decoration tricks. Here’s how you can do it.
Make every sun ray count
If you have a basement that has absolutely no windows, you have to make an effort to use every little ray of light that it can get. For instance, consider the stairwell as a potential means of getting some extra light in. Make sure there are no walls blocking the light alongside the stairs, and if you need to have walls for safety, use transparent materials such as polycarbonate or glazing. You can also paint the stairs white so that the light is better reflected into the room below.
Mind the shade
Overhead fixtures will provide your dark space with the greatest amount of light, but opt for fixtures with bare bulbs or transparent shades. A solid or fabric shade will create a nice atmosphere, but it will not provide you with much light. Similarly, shades with metallic lining will force the light up and down, but not let any light on the sides.
Add plenty of task lights
We often use windowless spaces as offices, game rooms or guest rooms, and those spaces require plenty of task light. This usually means using floor or table lamps, or pendants and recessed lighting. If you have an extremely small space, recessed lighting should be your first choice. It will make the room look bigger because it doesn’t take up much space given that it is tucked in the hollow openings in the ceiling. But, if your space is not too small, lamps are a great option. You can find many stores that specialize in lighting around Sydney such as floor and desk lights that are both practical and beautiful and that will provide your dark space with enough light for reading, writing and working.
Spotlights are also a great way to brighten a room without windows. They are super practical in game rooms because you can easily direct them onto the area you need illuminated. You can also put up evenly distributed spotlights with big pools of light which will eliminate all dark zones and make the room look like it’s lit naturally.
Choose bulbs wisely
Bulbs and their lumen level should vary based on the space you’re lighting. Your overhead fixtures should have bulbs with an output of around 800 lumens to provide enough light to illuminate the whole space. Task lighting, on the other hand, can be somewhere between 450 and 800 lumens. Also, don’t forget about the colour of the light, too. Incandescent bulbs of about 2900 K provide a nice atmospheric light, while LEDs and CFLs offer a much brighter white light similar to direct sunlight.
Install false windows
Many people start feeling a bit claustrophobic in windowless rooms, but you can install some false windows in order to create a feel of more open space. Put up a LED wall wash behind a false wall so that it will create an impression of natural light coming in. These false windows look especially good with coloured and tinted glazing, which makes it perfect for basement dens and bar areas. You can also add mirrors that will reflect the light around the room and mimic the effect of natural light.
As you can see, windowless rooms don’t have to be dark and claustrophobic. If you implement some of our tricks when lighting these rooms, they will feel bright, airy and cosy ensuring that you, your family, friends and guests feel comfortable.