Tigerlilly Quinn: SOLVING A READER’S CHALLENGE; THE ISSUE WITH LIGHTING A DARK ROOM

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

SOLVING A READER’S CHALLENGE; THE ISSUE WITH LIGHTING A DARK ROOM




little while back I did a call out on my social media channels to find a reader that was facing a challenge with an area of their home that they didn't quite know what to do with as part of my campaign with HomeSense and Huffington Post

I heard back from Sophia, a single mum who was having trouble knowing what to do with her living space. With the only access to direct sunlight through the adjoining kitchen she wanted to know what she could do to brighten up the area without a major overhaul.

We talked about the colour palette that would work best and were drawn to bright pinks, golds and turquoises to complement the other features in the room. I'm thankful we had quite similar taste which made the task a lot more fun!

Choosing bright colours are a great way to add light to a room but make sure you don't go overboard with the amount - stick to two or three at most.”


We chose open shelves to display some of Sophia's beautiful items and to draw the eye upwards when entering the room. There was a great selection of unique cabinets and shelves so we were really spoilt for choice. I love that they had a real shabby chic feel to them and, with only one of every item, they felt very unique. 

By choosing a colour scheme we were able to match items, like the table cloth, to the throws and cushions which created a clear theme to room. We used gold frames to create a feature wall of a few of her favourite images.

Using mix match frames and hanging them at different levels gives a room a dramatic looking focal point that brings new life to the selected area of the room.”

We also moved the futon to face the feature wall and covered it in turquoise throws; this gave it a really cosy homely feel to it. A great find was also a large circular mirror that was placed to reflect the natural light coming in from the kitchen and bounce it into the living space.

Mirrors are such a great way to add light to a room and make the space seem bigger.”


I loved the selection at the store, the gold was perfect for the colours we were after and the circular shape meant the room didn't look to angular. I was so impressed with what we were able to find within our budget and really loved working with one of my reader's and HomeSense in this way!

Don't forget you can find me on Pinterest for beautiful home inspiration!

Next week, I'll be spending an afternoon at my local HomeSense store in Bristol, so pop on over to my HomeSense Inspiration Day on Monday 28th April! I'd love to meet you!

Linking up again with the lovely Love Chic Living #loveyourhome linky 

34 comments:

Rachel Cooper said...

The room looks lovely. Love the colour of the throws, really brightens it up!

Twinsplustwo said...

Mirrors are a great way to spread light in dark rooms! We have a very dark house unfortunately so I'm always looking for lighting inspiration.

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Nayna Kanabar said...

Nicely done and love the colours.

You Baby Me Mummy said...

Love the makeover! Great video. I so need your help with our living room xx

Keri-Anne said...

I am so in awe of you Fritha. That was amazing and very inspiring x

Happy Homebird said...

Our back room is so dark so you have inspired me to look for a mirror. Love the video, you could be replacing Kirstie Allsopp finding unique items to jazz people's homes up.

Fiona Peacock said...

I love the red chair. We bought a huge mirror to brighten up our kitchen and it worked a treat, it has completely transformed the room x

mummyoftwo said...

Some great tips! There is nothing worse than having a dark room and it is great there are simple solutions to help brighten it up.

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

Ah I love this! You will have your own telly show soon!! Love the cabinet xx

Emily Shepperson said...

My rooms are very dark too so you've inspired me to try a few things to brighten it up. Thank you.

Polly Davies said...

good work! Our living room is really dark, mirrors, light coloured walls and bright throws really help!

Wild & Grizzly said...

Great makeover, I love the pops of colour and the mirror really helps! x

Globalmouse said...

Wow that's quite a challenge with a room that doesn't have natural light but it looks lovely - the splashes of colour are brilliant. I totally agree, someone needs to snap you up for your own TV show! x

Bex Smith said...

Love what you have done! My living room is too dark as the back of the house gets all the light...definitely given me some good ideas!

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

I love the video and what you've done with the room. It's given me some ideas of what we can do because we have a similar problem - dark livingroom. I think we need more though. Thinking of getting rid of the dark carpet next year and replacing it with light-stained wood, and painting the walls white. These ideas would keep us going until then though.

Orli, Just Breathe said...

Love your ideas, and use of colour to brighten the room. I love using bright and airy colours to ope up space, it always makes the room feels so much bigger and lighter.

Sarah Bailey said...

Wow what a change I had to look at those two pictures a few times to believe it was the same room? x

The Go To Mum said...

Wish I was closer! What great choices

Helen said...

Love the ideas you have come up with. The room has been totally transformed.

AnnieMammasaurus said...

I love this Fritha - and I like watching you on video - golly that sounded creepy - I hope you know what I mean! see you at the weekend x

pinkoddy said...

What great tips I never knew how much difference colour could make.

Louisa said...

I love your makeover. Please come and sort out my hallway, it is so dingy and dull, I need your magic touch :-)

Suzanne Whitton said...

I have yet to make it along to Homesense but keep reading about it so really must! What a great idea for a makeover! Looks fab :)

Mary Hamblyn said...

Oh, I could so do with you coming to look at my house - what great ideas!

Kara said...

Can you come and sort my house out please?

Kirsty Phillipson-Lowe said...

I love the colours, especially the turquoise, it looks great x

Oana Chirila said...

Oh, adding a bit of colour and a few mirrors can magically transform a living space, cant' it?

Gill Crawshaw said...

Love the video, it looks so professional! Great makeover tips too. We have a fairly dark dining room that needs brightening up, so when we work our way down the house list I'll try and remember these ideas x

Let's Talk Mommy said...

Great video and tips. I am always trying to make rooms have more lighting. Doesn't ever seem to be enough in any of the rooms at our house. Mirrors are everywhere! lol #LoveYourHOme

missielizzie said...

Oh I really need these tips! Our whole house is dark! #Loveyourhome

Laura Rocksteady said...

Really love your video, it's amazing :) You managed to find some lovely and unique pieces and I bet your reader was super happy with the outcome - lovely makeover :)


Laura x

Michelle Ashmore said...

I love the colours you've chosen. Hope you're having a good day at HomeSense, I wish I were closer!

Claire said...

Love the colours. I also love HomeSense!

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