Let there be light!
Houses are dark and gloomy for a number of reasons - the windows are too small, it's south facing, dark surfaces... or it's a medieval castle!
The unusual design of the Ravenshoe home makes it the perfect place to talk about light.
Sunlight is the most natural way to brighten things up. So if you have small windows, and if you have the budget for it, think about installing bigger windows.
It involves quite a bit of labour, not to mention the expense of the windows, but now the sunlight won’t struggle so much to get in.
Another way to let there be light is, of course, a sky light. Again, this involves skilled labourers and the expense of the skylight itself but it makes such a difference.
If you're on a tighter budget, there are plenty of ways to brighten up gloomy interiors with different sorts of lighting.
Using the right functional lighting like fixed overhead lights can make a big difference in itself.
I use track lighting to give me flexibility with the direction of light, but also the mood. Bouncing it upwards gives a soft glow on a white ceiling, while directing it down gives proper task lighting.
You can also add extra warmth with accent lighting, which I used in Ravenshoe in the form of lamps.
Not only do pendant lights create the wow factor, they actually serve a purpose. By putting them over the dining table, you can see what you're doing, as well as adding a beautiful personal touch to your lighting plan.