Room with a view

By September 20, 2017Home

Light is a big concern for so many people and I think we notice it so much more at this time of year where shorter days and grey skies really start to take their toll. But what is the best way to brighten a dark space?

A common mistake that I see so many clients make when trying to make a room brighter is painting everything white. If a room is dark or has no natural light, painting it white will only make matters worse – the space will fee clinical and cold. To make the space brighter, the best option is to try and let some daylight in, either by swapping a solid door with glazed doors, if possible, or indeed by adding a window or roof light. Being greeted with a view straight through to the garden when opening the front door is hard to beat.

This is such a simple thing to do and is often as straightforward as replacing a solid door with a glazed version. We did this for clients recently and by simply replacing the kitchen door, updating the floor and painting the wood work, their hallway was transformed from a dark and unremarkable space to a bright and wonderfully uplifting area.

Identify any unused or under-used rooms and see how that space could be better used or opened up to brighten your home. At the end of the hall way was an unused bedroom that they were using for storage. By knocking the wall at the end of the corridor and putting a set of double doors onto the garden we completely transformed the entrance hall.

Being greeted with a view straight through to the garden when opening the front door is hard to beat. This is such a simple thing to do and is often as straightforward as replacing a solid door with a glazed version.

Another great tip when trying to get light into your home is to try and identify any unused or under-used rooms and see how that space could be better used or opened up to brighten your home.

We refurbished a house for clients where only the bedrooms looked onto the garden, the entrance hall was dark and narrow. At the end of the hall way was an unused bedroom that they were using for storage. By knocking the wall at the end of the corridor and putting a set of double doors onto the garden we completely transformed the entrance hall.

Creating either a visual or physical connection between the house and the garden outside is a really powerful design tool and one that works every time. I replaced a window in my kitchen with a set of glazed doors and for a tiny investment completely transformed the way we use and enjoy our home.

Creating either a visual or physical connection between the house and the garden outside is a really powerful design tool and one that works every time. I replaced a window in my kitchen with a set of glazed doors and for a tiny investment completely transformed the way we use and enjoy our home.

But don’t forget the garden itself –this is what you will be looking out onto from your newly improved home so it makes sense to consider your outside space too. This is especially true if you have a small garden. A clever trick is to treat the outdoor space as an extension of the house by running the same floor finish from inside to outside creating a seamless space that blurs the distinction between inside and out thus creating the illusion of additional space.

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