How to Brighten a Dark Room

Do you have a dark room in your home? There are a few easy changes you can make to brighten it up.

Add lighting

The most obvious step you can take to brighten a room is to add lighting. Add a combination of lamps and ceiling fixtures. Choose bright white light bulbs for all your lighting fixtures. 

How to Brighten a Dark Room

Choose light paint colors for walls and ceiling

A dark color on the walls will make a room look smaller and darker so choose a light paint color. Paint ceilings a nice, bright white. 

Choose light colored flooring

Choose light hardwood flooring and light colored carpets and rugs. 

How to Brighten a Dark Room

Avoid heavy window treatments

Avoid hanging heavy drapery and dark wood blinds. Instead, choose light and airy curtains—sheer curtains work well because they allow natural light in. Choose blinds that are white or in a light stain. 

Decorate with a light color palette 

Choose light colored home decor items (artwork, throw pillows, bedding, etc). 

How to Brighten a Dark Room

Choose solids over patterns

Patterns on bedding, throws, pillows, and furniture can make a room look smaller and darker so primarily choose solids. 

How to Brighten a Dark Room

Hang a large mirror 

A large mirror on the wall will reflect light and make your room appear larger and brighter. Hang the mirror in the spot that receives the most natural light. 

Keep the room clean and tidy 

It’s amazing how much brighter and fresher a room can look after a good cleaning! Make sure to pay special attention to windows. The cleaner they are, the more light they'll allow into the room. 

How to Brighten a Dark Room

 

Have you dealt with this problem before? What did you do to brighten your room?