Brighten up any room in your home – No major renovations needed.
No longer do you have to settle for sitting in the dark, because your room lacks natural sunlight (shout out to the apartment renters). This is actually an easy problem that interior designers solve all the time.
if making huge structural revisions is not an option, don’t worry, as you can make some small adjustments that will make a major difference. We have put tother the best tricks and tips for brightening up a dark room.
A nicely lit room doesn’t just give you a more inviting feeling, it also can help to boost your overall mood and lower stress.
We’ve gathered our favorite room brightening tips, from adding some new accessories to your room, upgrading your floors and ceilings, to painting your walls, these tricks are sure to make your room feel brighter and more relaxing.
Try Painting Your Ceiling
The quickest way for a room to become dark and gloomy is to have the ceiling a dark color. So, of course, to reverse this effect, its best to paint your ceiling either white or with a high-gloss paint color.
Glossy paint will reflect any light in the room, making the room brighter, as well as giving the room a nice unexpected element.
If you have wooden beams in your room that are dark, paint those a nice bright color as well. This will reverse the dark feeling of the room.
Matte Walls Over Glossy Walls
I know this seems like it would be counterintuitive, considering we just recommend that you paint your ceilings with gloss paint. Glossy walls actually work in a counterproductive way, they tend to create a glare rather than reflect light. This is why we recommend you paint your walls with a matte paint instead. Matte walls tend to reflect light better.
Add A Bright Colorful Rug
If you are serious in adding light and color to your room, opt for a nice big colorful rug. This will not only give the room a nice feeling overall but you can add a little bit of your personality to the room, truly making it one of a kind.
Limited Amount of Dark Colors
Who doesn’t love a nice colorful room? One thing about dark colors are that they can easily make a room feel small and limited. If you have a love for dark colors but want your room to not feel dark, then choose to limit your dark-colored to just an accent wall.
Ease Up On The Window Treatments
Don’t limit the natural light you already have with heavy curtains and window treatments. This can quickly turn your room into a dark vampire lair. Instead, opt-in for something more minimal like roman shades, translucent blinds, or opaque window coverings. This will give you your desired level of privacy but at the same time a nice beam of light.
Limit Your Artwork
One thing most people often overlook or they are unaware of, is that painting can easily absorb the light in a room. Especially if its a large dark painting. If you happen to have your walls covered with dark artwork, try removing some from the walls and watch how your room starts to brighten up.
Limit The Amount Of Furniture
Huge, dark furniture can quickly make a room feel like a dark cave. so instead of having your room filled with cumbersome furniture, opt for furniture with solid bright colors and sleek lines.
Consider Opting For Light Flooring
If you have the option of switching out your flooring, choose to go with light wood. If your room is one of high traffic, light-colored floors are great at masking scratches.
If you are not able to switch out your flooring, then revert back to our previous recommendation on adding a big bright rug to your room.
Upgrade Your Room’s Lighting
The first thing to start with when upgrading your room’s lighting is to swap out your old lighting for LED light bulbs with high lumens. This will dramatically increase the amount of light in your room.
Diffuse Your Lighting
If possible, try to diffuse your lighting by directing your lights fixtures towards your ceiling. This will cause the light to reflect from the ceiling giving your room a nice ambiance.
Hang a Mirror or Two
By strategically placing a few mirrors on the walls of your room, the light reflection will instantly make your room brighter and bigger than ever before!
Try hanging one larger mirror with an array of smaller mirrors throughout the room to help with the brightening of the room. Larger slim mirrors are the best kind of mirrors to use. They not only bring in light but they look and feel less clunky and like they are taking up a lot of space.
Add A Little Bit Of Metallic
Not only will adding a little bit of metallic transform your room from a dark cave into a bright shiny room, but if you opt for a metallic gold or silver it will give your room a luxurious feel. You can simply add metallic to your room by incorporating a mirror, an art piece, a piece of furniture, or a lit fixture that has a metallic piece or finish.
Wipe Down Your Windows
This may seem like an obvious thing, but by efficiently cleaning the windows in your room, you can change the way light shines in. Simply put, the less dirt blocking the light, the more the light can shine into the room. Plus this is also a cheaper and easier alternative to installing a glass door or switching out your windows.
If you have any tips of your own you would like to share, please leave a comment below. We welcome all the tips and tricks!