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How to Brighten Up a Dark Space

| By Jenn Mikitka Comments Off

Here are some clever tricks on how to use color, lighting, and décor to your advantage can easily help you brighten any dark room.

Does your apartment or home have a room that doesn’t receive a lot of sunlight? Decorating it the same as a brightly lit room with leave it looking dingy and dark. Luckily, there are some clever tricks you can use to brighten the room without drastically changing anything or breaking your budget. Knowing how to use color, lighting, and décor to your advantage can easily help you brighten any dark room.

If you are able to, freshen up the room with a new coat of paint. The best color for bringing light into your room is to paint the walls and ceiling white, as it reflects the most light. As colors get darker, they tend to absorb more light. If you are against white walls, stick to a light shade of any other color.

Paint Walls Bright Colors

If you are able to, freshen up the room with a new coat of paint. The best color for bringing light into your room is to paint the walls and ceiling white, as it reflects the most light. As colors get darker, they tend to absorb more light. If you are against white walls, stick to a light shade of any other color.

Don’t Use Glossy Paint When painting your walls, you will want to use matte paint instead of glossy. The reason for this is all in how they reflect light. Matte walls reflect light equally in every direction, while glossy walls create glare. This glare does not allow light to evenly reflect throughout the whole room.

Don’t Use Glossy Paint

When painting your walls, you will want to use matte paint instead of glossy. The reason for this is all in how they reflect light. Matte walls reflect light equally in every direction, while glossy walls create glare. This glare does not allow light to evenly reflect throughout the whole room.

Replace Your Lightbulbs Lightbulbs with a lower CCT (correlated color temperature) give off warmer light that looks more like the glow that you would get from a fire. Choosing lightbulbs with a higher CCT in the 5000K-6500K range gives the room a cooler tone, which more accurately mimics natural daylight. Changing the lights from a warm tone to a cool one can completely change the feel of a room. If this change is too drastic, consider lightbulbs with a slightly lower CCT.

Replace Your Lightbulbs

Lightbulbs with a lower CCT (correlated color temperature) give off warmer light that looks more like the glow that you would get from a fire. Choosing lightbulbs with a higher CCT in the 5000K-6500K range gives the room a cooler tone, which more accurately mimics natural daylight. Changing the lights from a warm tone to a cool one can completely change the feel of a room. If this change is too drastic, consider lightbulbs with a slightly lower CCT.

Lighten Up Your Flooring If you are able to, choose a lightly-colored carpet or wood flooring for your dark space. Another easy, affordable option is to buy a white or lightly colored rug to put down. This helps reflect light back up into the space and will make the entire room feel bigger.

Lighten Up Your Flooring

If you are able to, choose a lightly-colored carpet or wood flooring for your dark space. Another easy, affordable option is to buy a white or lightly colored rug to put down. This helps reflect light back up into the space and will make the entire room feel bigger.

Use Smart Lightbulbs To ensure that your room is always well-lit, replace your regular lightbulbs with smart bulbs. These can be programmed to turn off and on at certain times during the day. Set your smart lightbulbs to turn on in the morning or around dusk when it starts to get dark. That way your room never feels too dark.

Use Smart Lightbulbs

To ensure that your room is always well-lit, replace your regular lightbulbs with smart bulbs. These can be programmed to turn off and on at certain times during the day. Set your smart lightbulbs to turn on in the morning or around dusk when it starts to get dark. That way your room never feels too dark.

Hang Mirrors Around the Room Mirrors are great for reflecting light and making a room feel larger. Place one or more mirror strategically around the room to help reflect light and make the room feel brighter. If there is a window in the room, aim to have at least one mirror on the wall opposite to enhance the brightness in your dark room.

Hang Mirrors Around the Room

Mirrors are great for reflecting light and making a room feel larger. Place one or more mirror strategically around the room to help reflect light and make the room feel brighter. If there is a window in the room, aim to have at least one mirror on the wall opposite to enhance the brightness in your dark room.

Utilize Shiny Surfaces Mirrors aren’t the only things you can use in your room to add brightness. Shiny surfaces like chandeliers, silver, brass, metallics, or acrylic all reflect light. Décor like picture frames or lighting fixtures can be an easy way to add another shiny surface into your room. Simple, small additions of shiny surfaces here and there can easily bring additional light into the space.

Utilize Shiny Surfaces

Mirrors aren’t the only things you can use in your room to add brightness. Shiny surfaces like chandeliers, silver, brass, metallics, or acrylic all reflect light. Décor like picture frames or lighting fixtures can be an easy way to add another shiny surface into your room. Simple, small additions of shiny surfaces here and there can easily bring additional light into the space.

Add Some Life Into the Room While houseplants won’t technically add any light into the room, adding greenery can actually make your space seem brighter and more lively. Use white or metallic pots for the plants to help reflect light. For the best results, opt for houseplants that don’t require a lot of sunlight. If you still don’t trust that you can keep them alive, fake plants will also suffice.

Add Some Life Into the Room

While houseplants won’t technically add any light into the room, adding greenery can actually make your space seem brighter and more lively. Use white or metallic pots for the plants to help reflect light. For the best results, opt for houseplants that don’t require a lot of sunlight. If you still don’t trust that you can keep them alive, fake plants will also suffice.

Replace Doors If you have the ability, replace all doors in the space with glass doors. Exterior glass doors will automatically let more natural light into the space. Switching interior doors to glass doors will make the room feel more spacious and gives the opportunity for light from other rooms to carry into this one. If you are worried about privacy, you can always apply a privacy film to the door to still allow light to come through.

Replace Doors

If you have the ability, replace all doors in the space with glass doors. Exterior glass doors will automatically let more natural light into the space. Switching interior doors to glass doors will make the room feel more spacious and gives the opportunity for light from other rooms to carry into this one. If you are worried about privacy, you can always apply a privacy film to the door to still allow light to come through.

Trim Outside of Windows If you have trees or other greenery outside of your window, it could be blocking your natural light. Make sure to trim back any branches to allow the most light into your home. When planting trees, you should always avoid the southern side of your house. The trees will block valuable sun in the winter and won’t provide the proper shade in the summer to make it worth the loss of sunlight.

Trim Outside of Windows

If you have trees or other greenery outside of your window, it could be blocking your natural light. Make sure to trim back any branches to allow the most light into your home. When planting trees, you should always avoid the southern side of your house. The trees will block valuable sun in the winter and won’t provide the proper shade in the summer to make it worth the loss of sunlight.

Swap Out Curtains If you have blinds or heavy curtains in your dark space, it’s time to swap them out. Instead, choose a sheer sheet curtain that still gives you privacy, but also allows plenty of light to come through your window into your room. Or, get rid of your curtains altogether and place a privacy film over your windows.

Swap Out Curtains

If you have blinds or heavy curtains in your dark space, it’s time to swap them out. Instead, choose a sheer sheet curtain that still gives you privacy, but also allows plenty of light to come through your window into your room. Or, get rid of your curtains altogether and place a privacy film over your windows.

Wipe Down Your Windows This one may be intuitive, but it’s still worthy of mentioning. Take the time to wipe down your windows on both the inside and the outside. As dirt, dust, and grime build up, it can significantly decrease the amount of light that comes through your windows. At least once a month, take the time to wipe down your windows and make sure all possible light is able to shine through.

Wipe Down Your Windows

This one may be intuitive, but it’s still worthy of mentioning. Take the time to wipe down your windows on both the inside and the outside. As dirt, dust, and grime build up, it can significantly decrease the amount of light that comes through your windows. At least once a month, take the time to wipe down your windows and make sure all possible light is able to shine through.

Choose an Uplight Lamp When looking for lighting for your dimly lit room, consider buying an uplight lamp. Uplighting is ideal for dark spaces because it casts the light upwards toward the ceiling, allowing the light to bounce around the room and make the space seem brighter. Downlighting typically only casts light directly beneath it, allowing for less opportunity for light to spread.

Choose an Uplight Lamp

When looking for lighting for your dimly lit room, consider buying an uplight lamp. Uplighting is ideal for dark spaces because it casts the light upwards toward the ceiling, allowing the light to bounce around the room and make the space seem brighter. Downlighting typically only casts light directly beneath it, allowing for less opportunity for light to spread.

Hang Bright Art If your space has a dark wall, hanging light-colored art can help make it seem brighter. Choose light colors that reflect light like white, yellow, or pastels. For frames, you may choose to go with a metallic to help brighten the space even more. If you are unable to affix anything onto your walls, consider a light tapestry instead.

Hang Bright Art

If your space has a dark wall, hanging light-colored art can help make it seem brighter. Choose light colors that reflect light like white, yellow, or pastels. For frames, you may choose to go with a metallic to help brighten the space even more. If you are unable to affix anything onto your walls, consider a light tapestry instead.

 

By implementing a few or all of these tips, you should easily be able to brighten up your dark space. Properly using color and material to reflect light can drastically change a dull space into a brighter one. For more tips on how to enjoy your home, sign up for our once-monthly blog newsletter.

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