5 Ways to Brighten Up a Dark Room

5 Ways to Brighten Up a Dark Room

Decorating a space in your home that doesn’t receive much natural light can pose quite the challenge. Whether you’re dealing with an underground room like a basement or simply a room with minimal windows, you’ll want to make careful decorating choices to help brighten up your space. Since dark rooms can negatively affect your mood, choosing the right décor items will instantly make the space more appealing.

So, before you start thinking about spending a fortune on structural renovations to bring in more natural light, try these five simple ways to brighten up a dark room:


If your room has dark painted walls or dark wood trim, you may want to consider brightening them up with a fresh coat of white paint. This is especially important if you have dark colored paint on your ceiling, which will automatically make the room appear smaller. By choosing white paint (or a light pastel color), you can open up the room and make it appear bigger and brighter.

Accessorize Wisely

Nothing darkens up a room quite like too much clutter. Rather than allowing your space to be weighed down by too many unnecessary décor items, try streamlining to open things up. The same goes for heavy, cumbersome furniture. Choosing lighter, brighter options will help the whole room open up.

Rethink Your Window Dressing

If your blinds and shades are negatively contributing to the natural light situation, it’s time to rethink how you’re dressing the windows. Ideally, look for an option that provides the right amount of privacy, while still letting enough light in. And remember: dark, heavy curtains can have the same effect as dark paint. Swap them out for lighter, brighter options that don’t obscure what natural light the room does get.

Go Natural

Colorful potted plants like orchids, bromeliads or anthuriums automatically brighten up any space by giving it a natural feel and adding bright pops of color. By replacing some of your heavier and darker décor items with a brightly colored potted plant, you’ll notice a big difference in the feel of the room.

Embrace Bright Colors

While it can be tempting to stick with neutrals to keep your room feeling light and bright, embracing bold accent colors can help tie a room together without adding darkness. Brightly colored pillows, throws, wall art or shelf décor can all help contribute to the lightness of a naturally dark room.

Even small efforts to brighten up a dark room can make a big difference — especially when you’ve grown used to the drab darkness of a room. Don’t be afraid to try these tips and let the light in.

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