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INTERIOR TIPS | Home Decor Tricks to Brighten a Dark Room

how to brighten a dark room

||| A guest post by Jesse Hughes

It has been shown that sunlight can help to fight off depression and other winter issues. That’s why it is so important to get as much of it as possible into your home. A bright home will feel larger and your mood will definitely lighter.

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Fortunately, it’s not that difficult to do!

cover: Wide bed in dark room by PlusONE

 

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Brighten a dark room tip #1: Painting It

The first step in brightening any room is to repaint it. Choose white or a similar light color to ensure the light is reflected round the room instead of being absorbed by the walls.

You can also add a few pictures to keep the walls from being too plain but don’t completely cover the walls as this will ruin the pale paint effect!

 

Paint cans color palette by Marian Veyo

 

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Brighten a dark room tip #2 : Add Lights

Another easy option is to change your light bulbs or lights. This can be dangerous if you’re not familiar with electrics. It’s a good idea to get a professional electrical services firm involved to do the dirty work for you.

Upgrading the bulbs to LEDs will increase the brightness of the room while reducing your electricity bill!

Alternatively you can change the lights to focus more light exactly where you want it. It’s worth noting that wall lights are excellent for brightening a room but they will be more effort to wire into position.

vintage lamp by CHAINPHOTO24

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Brighten a dark room tip #3: Mirrors

Mirrors have been used since the dawn of humanity and have always been effective at boosting the light in any space. A well positioned mirror can bounce the sunlight coming in the window into the farthest corner of the room.

You can then re-bounce this light to another part of the room; magnifying the effect and making your home seem much brighter than it actually is.

 

Round mirror by ImageFlow

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Brighten a dark room tip #4: Soft Furnishings

The color in your soft furnishings can perfectly complement your mirrors and pale paint. The splash of color will draw the eye of any visitor. This will make the room feel fun and spacious because the pale colors will make the ceiling seem higher than it actually is.

Start with a large mirror opposite your window and then add a few small mirrors where the light will bounce; ideally each side of the offending window.

 

Grey flat interior by Photographee.eu

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Brighten a dark room tip #5: Windows

You may be tempted to replace the windows and even make the frame larger as you do so. This will certainly let more light in but it will also be a costly job.

Instead you can consider the light that is currently coming in the window. If you have drapes or blinds are they completely back to maximize the light entering the room? This can make a significant difference to the feel and brightness of the room.

 

Flat interior with sofa by Photographee.eu

 

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Brighten a dark room tip #6: Metallic Effect

The final tip that can make a difference to the light in your room is to ad a metallic image to the walls; especially on each side of the existing windows. This will draw the eye and brighten the room through its warm color. You may be surprised by how much difference something so simple can make to the brightness of a room.


||| About the Author

Jesse Hughes is a Content Marketer who works for KDA, Incorporated – an Australian Technology company whose primary mission is to help businesses with their visibility online. He has helped a lot of companies become recognized by the Internet communities around the globe within their respective industries.