Another way to increase the light is to have mirrors strategically placed, and to have glass - jugs and vases, candleholders, and something else I learned in Sweden, gilding. I'd never liked it or used it before this house - I thought it a bit grand, and not appropriate for my simple lifestyle. But there is something about the Swedish way with it....For one thing it's not ultra shiny, but 'distressed' a bit, and semi matt. I'm thinking of on picture frames particularly, but I also have glasses with silvery rims, a glass candleholder with a siver engraved top, and a tiny picture frame with quietly glinting stones around it - these last two are Indian and came from Monsoon. These things all catch and reflect whatever light is going.