It’s easy to assume that a drab room is a drab room and that it will remain that way forever. Perhaps your spare room doesn’t get enough natural light due to its orientation, or maybe your en-suite is windowless thanks to being built within your bedroom, not along an outside wall.
Darker rooms that need a little more artificial lighting to illuminate can sometimes feel a little drab and tired if you’re not careful about the intensity of said light. Sometimes, a lack of functionality within a room can do the same thing. But instead of resigning ourselves to the fact that this spare room will be a storage space or an area you try to ignore, it can be instructive and enjoyable to design it with a new lease on life.
Of course, repainting, installing new flooring, and keeping the space well-ventilated may come to mind first. But are there any other pursuits we could apply first and foremost? In this post, we’ll discuss that and more:
Greenery & Lighting
It’s also worthwhile to consider the greenery and lighting within your home space, and how they complement one another. A beautiful potted plant or even something more particular light a hanging wall garden, some LED lights laid across the wall or floor to help illuminate this, and free standing and soft lamps with similar color temperatures from their shades and bulbs can make a huge difference, adding beautiful illumination and nature in one fell swoop. Not only will this look gorgeous, but you’ll help softly nullify any harsh shadows, which can often “cancel out” space and make rooms look even smaller otherwise.
Making sure that the room is packed with simple but good-quality trims and finishes can help take it to a new level. For instance, made to measure curtains that both look beautiful, have simple color tones, and have high-quality fabrics will help the room look well-cultivated, neat, tidy, and decorated with purpose. You may also consider small chair cushions, nice-quality lamp covers, or perhaps even a small rug to tie the room together. A few well-trimmed finishes, invested wisely, can genuinely give a room its character.
Mirrors & Ambience
Expanding the perceived visual space of a room is sometimes just as effective as actually extending it. For instance, with a well-placed mirror, you get to reflect the limited natural light in a room and also make it seem nearly twice as large as it is already. A wall mirror or floor-standing mirror can work wonders here, just make sure it’s big enough to fit the space and try to go for a minimal frame compared to an ornate one. Here you can also use small measures of ambiance to enhance the effect, such as by using scented candles, light-up visual signage, or even RGB strip lights to add some fun character to television mounts or framed pictures.
With this advice, we hope you can give that drab spare room a new lease on life, no matter how you intend to use it from here on out.