These top tips from The Big Fitout will save you time and money on your home renovation in Dubai
Many homes in Dubai feature at least one gloomy, lightless room that presents a bit of a problem for effective decor. If you have a difficult room like this, all is not necessarily lost. You might not be able to do much about the amount of natural light it enjoys, but you can use several tricks to make the most of what there is.
Before you dive head-first into an endless home-improvement project, have a look at these top tips from The Big Fitout, a Dubai-based, British, design-and-build fitout company. The Big Fitout specialises in bathroom and kitchen renovations, and has an amazing portfolio of work on residential villas (as the pictures here show). As a result, the team really know their stuff, so it’s worth taking their advice on board before jumping in at the deep end.
Let’s get to it.
Let The Light In
Unless your room is completely windowless, there’ll be some natural light to play with, and it’s important to let as much in as possible. Make sure your windows are free of drapes or blinds which block the light – especially tie-back drapes, which cover a surprisingly large area toward the top of the window. If necessary, replace these with straight drapes to the sides, leaving the window itself clear, and also consider switching to a lighter material, both in colour and weight.
Also make sure any ornaments or houseplants you keep on the windowsill are small and unobtrusive, and if you have flowers or plants in a window box on the outside, grow dwarf or trailing varieties with as little height as possible.
Once you’ve made sure as much light as possible can find its way in, you can use the mirror trick to make the most of it. Try wall-mounting a large mirror side-on to the window to increase the sense of width, or perhaps even more effectively, hang several smaller mirrors dotted around the room. Both options will reflect the light and increase the feeling of spaciousness.
Lighten The Decor
It may seem obvious, but the type of decor scheme you choose will make a huge difference to the brightness of a room. As well as opting for lighter shades of colour for walls and furnishings, try and keep to a sparse, minimalist theme wherever possible. Smaller, darker rooms are especially prone to feeling cluttered by over-complex decoration.
Lighten The Floor
A dark or highly patterned floor will suck even more light out of an already dim room, so try and lighten its appearance however you can. If you have a wooden floor, consider sanding it down and refinishing it with a lighter stain. If this isn’t an option, a rug or two in a light, neutral shade can make a dramatic impact.
If you have darker carpets which you don’t want to replace, try adding a small coffee table or similar piece of furniture in a pale finish, as this will break up the expanse of darker floor and stop it feeling so overwhelming.
Lastly, it may be tempting to compensate for a lack of natural light by increasing the power of the ceiling fixture light bulbs. While this will work, it can quickly start to feel dazzling and harsh. It’s far more effective to introduce several low-powered wall lamps around the room, especially in the corners or alcoves where they can spread a glow without dominating too strongly.
There’s not much you can do about the essential nature of a dark and murky room short of major rebuilding works. However, with a little thought and interior design nous, you can always bring extra light into even the deepest of gloom.