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How To Lighten Dark Room

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

1. Paint the walls with light colors: Light colors such as cream, beige, or pale blue reflect more light and make a room appear brighter.

dark entry room

Before & After

beautiful entry room

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2. Add more lighting: Increase the amount of natural light in the room by opening curtains and blinds, and use lamps and overhead lighting to brighten up dark corners.

dated kitchen

Before & After

gallery kitchen

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3. Mirrors: Mirrors reflect light and make a room appear brighter and larger. Consider adding a large mirror or a grouping of mirrors to your dark room. Use high reflective surfaces and finishes, instead of using matte finish paint, use satin and semi or high gloss for your doors and trim.

mirror in the room

4. Replace dark furniture with lighter pieces: Replace dark furniture with lighter-colored pieces, such as a light wood coffee table or a white sofa. Paint your built-ins light color paint.

Use light slipcovers to cover dark furniture: sofa, loveseat, chairs, and more.

crystal glob chandelier


build-in seat in the bedroom

5. Use light floor and area rugs.

accent wall

5. Sunshine Yellow When you have a small bedroom or bathroom with a single window or smaller windows, a bright yellow can recreate the natural light for you and brighten up the space.

ugly room

Before & After

yellow kid room

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6. Use lighter window treatments: Light-colored or sheer window treatments allow more light into the room and make it appear brighter.

dark room

Before & After

stylish living room

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7. Add light-reflecting accessories: Decorative items such as metallic accents, glass, or light-colored decorative objects can help reflect light and brighten up a dark room.

light-reflecting accessories

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woman sitting and smiling

Please let me know if you find this blog post helpful. If you have interesting colors experience to share, leave a comment. Let's help others to benefit from our experience, and not to repeat our mistakes.

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