When formulating a design strategy for your home, it is important to consider how light and dark will influence your choices in flooring, furniture and wall color. Keep in mind what direction your home faces, which rooms are cooler or warmer, and which areas of the house have minimal natural light available. These are all pieces of useful information you will need to bring out the best parts of your home’s traits. It will also help you provide solutions to some of its disadvantages.
Rooms that receive a lot of natural light can afford to be decorated with darker furniture and flooring. The rich colors will come to life when the sun shines through. Using a lighter but vivid wall color with your decor will also keep the focus on the room’s darker aspects and keep the design looking dramatic. If the light coming from the windows is insufficient in the next room on your list, try using a lighter color palette to help make the room appear larger and less dingy. Bright earth tones will give the room a crisp, refreshing look. Pair it with glass decor and mirrors for artificial light sources to reflect in order to counteract the darkness.
Proper lighting coverage in each room of your home will help provide the best contrast from dark to light when transitioning from day to night. No matter how well some rooms may receive the sunshine, they will all be needing artificial sources of light by day’s end. Do not underestimate the usefulness of a light dimmer. This will allow you to stage each room with the proper amount of light needed depending on the time of day, room design or even to please your houseguests. Bedrooms can use softer yellow bulbs while high traffic areas can use a sharper white light to keep things bright and active.
Finally, consider how the use of cooler and warmer colors can be beneficial to the appearance of each room to help accentuate the light and dark to its best advantage. Each space needs to feel comfortable and inviting. Mixing colors, textures and lines as your baseline in design will allow you to come up with the most flattering contrasts in your home.