Our tips for increasing natural light in your home

Read our blog post for our advice on interior design trickery - everything you need to know.

Our tips for increasing natural light in your home

Clever lighting tricks enlarge space. The golden rule is the more you can make it look like natural daylight, the more effective it is...

Failing that, make the light a feature in itself. Window light boxes give the illusion of natural light streaming in from outside. Build a window with sandblasted glass into a false wall at the end of a corridor, basement or living room area. In the cavity behind, put a light box plugged into a switched lighting circuit, so bright light shines through into the room. It's hugely effective at creating the illusion of space beyond.

A light source above a drop or suspended ceiling will bring a diffuse, sophisticated light to a living room. The drop ceiling is smaller than the true ceiling, so light shines around the edges of it into the room. It looks very dramatic, especially when the drop ceiling is painted a dark and luxurious colour.

Glass-covered recessed uplighters give gentle illumination set in wooden or stone floors. They look dramatic in corridors or around the edge of large rooms - though be careful the space doesn't end up looking like a museum. You can also put small portholes flush into the side of a wooden staircase, with a light box behind, under the stairs.

A light box on a wall can look like a work of art - hang it centre stage as a feature. It provides light but also draws attention, especially if you have interchangeable colour displays. Set it on a separate dimming control system so you can alter brightness to suit the mood. Illuminated furniture looks extraordinary - you can get interactive stool/seats which light up in glowing, luminous colours when you sit on them, and switch off when you stand up. To create different moods and set lighting scenes, use a preset dimming control, programmed with a handheld remote control.