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3 Steps to Make a Dark Room Feel Bright

If you have a room in your home that is quite dark, don’t give up! Whether the lighting was poorly designed, or the room has minimal access to natural light there are things you can do.

Here are our 3 steps to make a dark room feel bright.

Step 1: Go for Light Colours on the Walls and Ceiling

Deep colours make a space feel smaller and darker. Light colours, on the other hand, reflect light rather than absorb it. Bright, light walls will reflect light around the room, making it appear brighter and larger.

If you don’t want to go with a white, try a pale yellow, or pale green.

The colour of the ceiling also makes a huge difference. If your ceiling is painted a dark colour, it will probably cast a shadow over the room. So if you don’t want to repaint your walls, just do the ceiling. You won’t believe the difference.

Step 2: Avoid Deep Accent Colours

We love an accent wall, but not if your room has limited access to natural light. Deep colours on one wall can close in the space, so save them for large, bright rooms.

Instead, incorporate your favourite accent colours in your décor.

Step 3: Use Light Wisely

In your dark room you’ll need to consider both natural and artificial lighting.

  • You’ll want to make full use of natural light. Avoid thick blinds and curtains. Instead opt for sheer fabrics in pale colours; linen curtains are great. Lighter window coverings will give you privacy without blocking out light completely.
  • Instead of relying on a single overhead light, try using multiple lights around the room. A central overhead light will leave corners in the dark. Multiple down lights work well to illuminate all corners of a room, or purchase a few lamps, which are a cheaper, less invasive option.

If you have a dark room in your home that you’d like to brighten up with a fresh coat of paint, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 07 3829 5735, or send us an email and we’ll get back to you quickly.

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