As the clocks go back and darkness descends so much earlier, we thought we’d look at ways to make your home feel lighter and brighter.

Zone your lighting

Almost all rooms have a pendant light hanging from the ceiling, but this alone can sometimes look a little stark. Instead, it’s best to have a few light sources that serve different purposes, using table lamps, floor lamps and wall lights to create golden glows in pockets around the room. Wall lights are particularly good for ambient light – illumination that creates a wash of light around a room – whereas lamps are great for task lighting – for example, for reading or working. You can also use accent lighting to highlight features in your space. This could be a directional spotlight on a favourite artwork or a floor light behind a large, architectural plant to give a sense of drama.

Fake it with colour

The sun may not be shining but you can still brighten up your space with some zingy colours. Pale tones will certainly make a room feel lighter, but they can feel chilly in autumn and winter, so try using rich, vibrant shades like orange and turquoise to pep up a space. It’s important to simulate natural lighting and this is one of the best ways to do this!

Use the mirror trick

A few well-placed mirrors can bounce light around a room and make it appear bigger, brighter and more airy. Place a full length mirror directly opposite a window to double your daylight in one hit.

Bring in some shiny surfaces

Much like mirrors, shimmering finishes and polished metal surfaces can reflect light and give a room a boost. Try a metallic wallpaper on walls, glossy lacquered side tables, glass-topped coffee tables or shiny brass or silver-toned light fittings.

Swap your bulbs

The quickest and easiest way to bring in extra light? Swap your bulbs for ones with a higher light output – measured in lumens. The warm, yellowy light from some bulbs is cosy for this time of year, but if you really want to go bright, look for bulbs that give a whiter, bluer light.

Take a look at our lighting options for more ideas.