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10 Creative Ways to Brighten a Dark Room

Finding the perfect level of lighting can be challenging but fun. There are several easy ways to decorate your home or office to transform it into a brighter abode. Here are some awesome ideas to brighten any area.

1. Embrace white walls

White really is the best solution to brighten a dark room. White sends light bouncing around your space, reflecting back onto other surfaces and making the space look much bigger than it is. To some White sounds Boring..Consider adding ornamental trims on the ceilings for added texture, or paint one side with a refreshing color for some diversity.

2. Pick lighter color or transparent furniture

We usually choose our sofas, chairs and tables based on our personal style and what we think goes best together. A stylish, compact sofa in a lighter color like white, beige, or ivory will make your room look and feel a lot bigger and more spacious. Consider something like a transparent Epoxy or acrylic coffee table.

3. Cover floors with large, bright area rug

Brighten your room by treating your bare floors to a lightly colored rug. Not only will this add some softness and texture to your floors, but it will also make your floor glow.

This is especially applicable if your dim space features dark floor boards. When selecting a color for your rug, you can opt for white/ivory, yellow, or some warmer hue combinations. To help expand visual space, make sure the rug is of larger size.

4. Place mirrors near light sources

To use your mirrors to its fullest potential, make sure to strategically place it near a light source. For example, a giant wall or floor mirror near a window can really amplify natural lighting. Placing table lamps or a floor lamp next to a mirror can also have a similar effect. Make sure that the lamp emits ambient lighting so it’s not too bright when reflected off the mirror.

5. Fairy lights, candles, and other ambient light sources

You should try to decorate with some long fairy light strings, a group of large candles, orb lights, or other ambient lights. So long as they have a warm, yellow light, they will be perfect for your home. They offer just the right touch of luminosity, but also add tremendous charm and therapeutic feel.

6. Opt for light beige/gray curtains

Simplify your window treatments by opting for light curtains on both sides of your windows. You can choose either blackout curtains or light drapes – either way, just make sure the color is some shade of beige or light gray.

7. Deep clean your windows

It's like wearing glasses with smudges on it, a room with stained windows will feel dirty and limit visibility. Not only can this make the space seem even bigger than it is, it adds complex and dynamic ambiance as the day gradually shifts from day to night.

8. Aim your lights at the walls or ceiling

Instead of simply aiming your lights every which way, try illuminating the walls or ceiling. This is opposed to a bright light focused on a narrow area on the floor or a soft ambient light that offers minimal luminosity. When you wash the walls/ceiling with light, you infuse every corner of the room with a warm glow, making it feel cosy yet spacious. If you plan to install pot lights into your ceiling, always add a few at the very edges so that you can elegantly cast light down the walls.

9. Pick minimalist, low-to-ground furniture

Stuffing an already-dim room with over-sized furniture will cast more shadows, leading to an even darker feeling room. To avoid this, make sure to buy minimalist furniture that lie low to the ground. The empty areas will offer itself up to lighting opportunities. This philosophy is core to mid-century modern design and is likely why the style became so popular – it plays so well with lighting!

10. Don’t overdo it with wall art

A common mistake is trying to do too much. This is especially true when it comes to decorative accessories like art.

A room struggles with lighting, its walls should be as bare as possible so that all the light can be reflected. A single large dark wall art or a collection of photographs can really impede your efforts in brightening the space. For a dimly lit room, pick a maximum of 3 pieces out of either a wall mirror, light tapestry/wall hanging, or a lightly-toned wall art that sets the mood.

As We can see, learning how to brighten your dark room can be a challenge, but also fun and creative – you’re not just limited to adding mirrors and white paint to every surface! If you give any of these a try, we would love to see your photos and hear about your results.

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