You have to admit that not all the rooms in your house are created equal. Sometimes, you favor a room over the other. That makes other rooms darker or smaller.
However, you can brighten a dark room in your house. You just need to use a little creativity and with the right tools, you can bring in more light and maximize what you already have.
How to brighten a dark room
- Start with white
When trying to brighten a dark space, many people look to mirrors to reflect light around the room. However, that is actually a bit of a design myth. The best way to scatter light is by using lots of white because the non-hue doesn’t absorb any color. Instead, white sends as much light as possible bouncing indirectly back to other surfaces. So if it is brightness you seek, the first thing you should do is paint your walls and ceiling white. Also, don’t stop with just the walls. Consider bringing in other white elements such as white frames and white furniture, curtains and beddings.
- Light the walls
Washing walls with light help keep the edges bright, so even if you have lots of pot light or ceiling lights, consider adding sconces with shades that aim light upward and downward. If you are adding lights to a ceiling, consider adding a few closer to the walls to cast light down into the walls. This can highlight beautiful details such as traditional cabinetry or brick.
- Blue is cool
Natural light is cool compared with yellow-toned incandescent bulbs, so adding a shade of blue gives pleasant crispness that reminds us of the sky. Also, blue is neutral enough to work with nearly any accent color you want to toss in.
- Counter it with black
Introducing some hits of black or charcoal adds touches of contrast that make the light areas surrounding them pop even more. Look for especially thin, linear elements or patterned fabrics for the right dose of darkness.
- Update the light bulbs
Besides adding the color blue, you can also choose to update your light bulbs to a brighter output and a cooler daylight color tone. Warmer, yellow lights, create a beautifully warm, intimate atmosphere, but if you prefer a brighter and fresher look, try a true white bulb.
- Add some area rugs
Dark hardwood or laminate floors are a beautiful and popular staple for contemporary homes, but they can drain a lot of light from some spaces. Runner rugs in a lighter tone will break this sort of flooring to give you the best mix of richness and airiness.
- Provide balance
Ultimately, you have to balance everything so that one color will not outshine the other. Nobody likes the look of a super bright room. Add light to brighten up dark areas and remember not to go overboard. Keep everything in balance so that the room can be a more comfortable place to stay.