Question: Please tell me how to make my basement flat brighter. I have one fairly small window which basically is the only natural light source for both the kitchen and the little living/eating area. I was thinking of having mirrors across the entire back wall to try and bounce the light off it. Is this a very bad idea?
Answer: Given the lack of grand windows, complement the natural lighting you do have with subtle, dark colours. Painting rooms in white, or pastel shades, simply doesn't work. Avoid colours like dark red or green and pick softer shades like greys or taupes, which are more tranquil and look good in both natural and artificial light.
Your room will also seem bigger and lighter if you stick to the one colour throughout. Walls, ceilings and woodwork look great all the same colour. Farrow &Ball offer some excellent matt colours. Visit www.Farrow-Ball.com.
Your idea of fitting mirrors to the back wall is a great one. Mirrors, when used strategically, have the ability to bring a sensation of light and space to a room. For example:
- In a dark corner of a room, it will lighten up the corner with reflected light.
- Behind a lamp, it will produce twice the light-up effect, without the need to over-brighten the room with a more powerful bulb.
- In a dark hallway, it will brighten (lift) and give the illusion of space beyond.
In addition to hung, framed mirrors, large expanses of mirror will certainly increase the light and visually open the space.
Mirrorworld (www.mirrorworld.co.uk) offer a brilliant range and offer a made-to-measure service. Their website has easy to use calculators to help choose your perfect mirror online. They are also offering free delivery on all bespoke orders.
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