5 expert lighting tips for a dark apartment

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Are you struggling with lighting in your apartment? You’re not alone. It can be tricky to figure out how best to brighten your home, particularly if you have limited floor space. But have no fear, there are clever ways to transform your apartment from dark and dreary to light and airy!

  1. Choose warm coloured bulbs

Does your home feel cold and uninviting? It might be due to the colour of the bulb you’re using. Your lighting’s colour temperature has a huge impact on the overall feel of the space, so it’s important to get it right. Instead of choosing ‘cool whites’ that have a blue undertone, go for ‘warm whites’ that emit a warm, golden glow. Simply updating your bulbs could make all the difference in your space.

2. Trick the eye with mirrors

If your apartment is particularly small or you have little open space around the building, you may be lacking in natural light. This will make your home feel dark, so it’s important to make the most of any natural light that creeps in. One of the best ways to maximise this is to hang a mirror directly opposite the window. It will reflect the natural light, creating the illusion of a brightness, as well as making the space feel bigger.

3. Use space-saving floor lamps

Do you have minimal floor space? Can’t squeeze in a sideboard to sit a lamp on top of? Then a floor lamp may be the best option for you. Their slimline design makes use of height rather than surface space, so you need very little room to house them. They are a great way of injecting light from a small corner, brightening up once dark nooks and crannies.  

4. Upgrade your ceiling fixtures

Another great way to create a light and bright space is to replace single ceiling lights with spotlights. While this may be a costly task, the benefits can be huge. This is because spotlights will distribute light evenly throughout the room, rather than concentrating on one area. If this isn’t an option, choose a large ceiling fixture with several bulbs rather than just one. Think chandeliers or cluster lights.

5. Introduce task lighting

Once you’ve improved the overall brightness of your space, you should consider specific areas that may benefit from a boost of brightness. This is where task lighting comes in, which is used to boost light in areas that need it most. Typically, this is used above kitchen countertops, study areas and mirrors. There are several options available including strip lighting.

Now you know the lighting tricks of the trade, you can start creating a space that is bright and beautiful!

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