We've all got rooms in our homes that don't get as much natural light as we'd like. Whether north-facing, with a small window, or, simply existing in the UK during the winter months, it can be difficult to make certain spaces feel airy and inviting rather than dark and gloomy.
Here at Hortology, we're incredibly conscious of the light levels in a room to ensure the health of our plants is maintained. As well as curating a huge range of shade tolerant houseplants (that will cope well in low-light level rooms while looking incredible) we wanted to share with you some of our dark-room decor design tips to ensure your home feels bright, airy and energising in all seasons.
CLEAR WINDOW SILLS
As plant lovers, the temptation to fill every square inch of available window space with houseplants is strong and ever-present – but we must try and resist!
Having plants (or any other clutter) on the window sill will block light from coming into the room and create long cast shadows.
Instead keep plants around the edges of the room where they’ll get less intense sunlight but more consistent temperatures and enough filtered light to keep them in fine fettle.
One shade tolerant floor-standing show stopper will usually be a better choice than 5 or 6 smaller window-hoggers anyway.
Bounce light back into the room by placing mirrored surfaces in the areas that get the most natural light.
Placing a mirror on the adjacent wall to your biggest window will reflect the most light and, following that, accessorising with mirrored reflective surfaces will help you to squeeze out every last photon.
Create indoor jungles even in low light areas with shade tolerant houseplants.
There are still a huge range of options to suit almost any space or style but pay extra attention to large and tall shade-tolerant houseplants that can make a massive statement in the corner of a room and hanging houseplants that can offer visual interest without cluttering spaces or casting harsh shadows.