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5 Ways to Brighten Up Any Room


No one wants to feel like they are living in a dim cave. Most of us want our homes to be bright and welcoming. Along with the cheeriness of natural light in your living spaces, harnessing light can help regulate your heating and cooling needs.

If you have a darker space in your home, it can be dramatically changed by following a few simple decorating tips. From looking into different types of bay windows to playing with decor mirrors, there are dozens of ways to make your space more inviting and bright.

Any area of your home with limited natural light sources can still be livened up with artificial lights and lamps. Let’s take a look at a few of the easiest ways to brighten up any room.

Hang Mirrors

A mirror can be an excellent tool to expand your visual space and lighten up a dark space, and it’s been a long-held recommendation. To make the most of your mirrors, however, you should strategically place them near a light source to maximize their effectiveness.

This gives the illusion that the space is more extensive, which is perfect for smaller apartments due to its visual impact on the space. Other ways to achieve a similar effect include placing lamps next to a mirror or placing a floor lamp near a mirror.

Light Color Palette

Our style usually determines which sofas and tables we choose and what we think will look the best together. To this end, consider your furniture’s effect on your home’s lighting. A stylish, compact sofa in a lighter color will make a dim room appear bigger and more spacious.

When it comes to dark and cramped areas, it is best to avoid the use of dark wood furniture. Rather than a dark-toned coffee table, choose a transparent acrylic one with lighter tones. Furnishings that are made from heavy dark-colored materials will take over the room and make it look more cramped. Keep your furniture choices to pieces with light fabrics, softer woods, and a more modern, sleek design.

White Walls

It’s true – white is the best solution to brighten up a dark room, according to every decor guide you read. A variety of white shades can also be used, such as light ivory and beige. Light bounces off white surfaces and reflects onto other surfaces, making the room appear bigger than it is.

Do you find that white is just too dull and boring? Make the ceilings more interesting by adding ornamental trims for a more decorative look, or use wallpaper to make the walls more interesting. White walls are the perfect canvas to hang exciting decor and art.

The great thing about white walls is that they can enhance any decor style. Not only does white effectively reflect light in your room, making it look and feel brighter, it gives you a clean slate. White walls are the perfect background if you enjoy changing your seasonal decor.

Open Windows

You must make do with what you have if your space has limited natural light sources. Rather than cover your windows with heavy drapes or blinds, consider leaving them bare. If you are worried about privacy, you can put up half sheers or blinds that allow you to open the levers to let in the most light. If you want something on your windows, go with a light-colored sheer curtain.

At the very least, keep your drapes open during the day. Allowing the largest amount of natural light into your space will help liven up the room and help to improve your overall well-being and mood.

Add Ambient Light

It is possible to brighten up your room without going overboard if you follow these tips. Use fairy lights, candles, and orb lights to create an ambient atmosphere. In addition to adding an air of luxury and charm, they will add a sense of relaxation and well-being.

Your home will benefit from any lights that have a warm yellow glow. It effortlessly transforms even the harshest industrial decor into a hygge-like atmosphere.

Candles and fairy lights can be turned on whenever you want, unlike mirrors, which can only be lit when the sun is out. Any room can be made warmer and more charming by using fairy lights. If you can access a small window in your space, you can use fairy light streams connected to a solar panel.

If you want to add light to smaller, hidden areas to create illumination and mood, try using spotlights, under-counter lighting, or invisible light strings. Every little aspect of light will help to give your room a larger and more welcoming appearance.

If you have a room in your home that is especially dim and boring, it’s likely to get less regular use. Please take note of these design tips to help you brighten up any room and make it your favorite space.

Nate Berkus
Nate Berkus, a distinguished interior designer with a Bachelor’s in Design and Environmental Analysis, has been transforming spaces with his unique aesthetics for over two decades. His professional journey includes working with top design firms before venturing into freelance design consulting. His expertise was cultivated through years of working on high-end residential and commercial projects. He joined our editorial team and offers readers a blend of contemporary style and practical decorating solutions. He is also an ardent traveler, drawing inspiration from different cultures to enrich his design philosophy.

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