Have you thought of how to make use of your existing furniture or perhaps getting a new glass door fitted to get more sunlight into your house? It is always difficult if your house is not facing the right direction of the sun!
Buying the right house is not easy and there are often compromises, especially around the aspect of the property but you could swap around your furniture, get better lighting or change to a glass door to get more lighting in.
We bought our new build house 5 years ago off plan. It sounds a little crazy but yes, we had bought it blindly. Our living room rarely gets bright light shine into the room. So we bought a beautiful flower floor lamp to go with our room. The floor lamp was placed in the darkest corner of the room and we use it on those typical dull rainy days to illuminate that part of the room.
The dining room is also another dark room. It used to be get a lot more light but this is the room that backed out to the garden and we’ve since had a conservatory built so the dining room gets a lot less light now. So hopefully, we can replace our existing door to bi-folding doors to allow more light into the room. Besides light, having bi-folding doors also creates more open living space and will make the room more accessible and appear larger.