Carpet design

Darren Kennedy: These clever design tricks mean you don’t need bay windows to let light into a room

Now that the clocks have changed, I like sunny days. Light is one of the most important aspects of interior design and has a huge impact on our mood. I spend a lot of time in Los Angeles, where many homes are built to take advantage of that brilliant light from the Pacific Ocean.

If you don’t have huge glass sliders letting in natural light, a shade of white on the walls is the best option to create that airy feel in a dark room or north-facing home. Likewise, a light ash wood floor or a cream carpet or rug can transform the feeling of light in a room.