To create ambience in a room you need just a few expert tips. If you have a room that receives little natural light or you use the room mostly at night, create ambience and interest to stop dark-and-dingy-itis.
Many modern apartments and houses on small blocks of land will have at least one room that doesn’t get an abundance of natural light. And with the advent of separate media rooms, the ability to create ambience is often overlooked because you are in semi-darkness most of the time.
However, these rooms will still benefit from a few expert interior design tips because dark doesn’t mean dull. In fact, you can create ambience and interest in a dark room to the point it becomes your fave place to hang out – so treat these tips with caution; you might get addicted.
How To Create Ambience and Interest In A Dark Room
- Audit from where the natural light comes and create a lighting plan to generate ambient, accent and any task lighting.
- Lighting shouldn’t simply centre around lamps and pendants. A lighting plan will help you to cast light where and when it’s needed. Combine ceiling lights, uplights, floor lamps, strip lighting and table lamps where you need them. Place lights on different circuits and dimmers so you can regulate as desired.
- Create a focal point such as a rug or feature wall and take cues for your decorating. For example, a feature stone wall may have different tones of black, brown, mocha, and cream so replicate these tones in the furnishings.
- Mix block colour and textured fabrics in the same colour family to entertain the eye and create ambience.
- Use different textures such as stone, granite, wood and glass. Soften with a rough textured rug, soft fabrics and art work.
- In addition to lights and lighting, add candles and tealights to soften the mood, depending on the use of the room.
- Don’t be afraid to add dark wood, paint or fabric to the room, but balance darker shades with more light hues.
If you have a dark room in your home, create ambience and interest with these expert tips.