5 Surprising Ways to Brighten Up a Dark Home
While most people prefer sleeping in a darker room, dark rooms, as a matter of fact, can affect your moods. Yes, that dreary space may make you feel a little confined and depressed. You know that a well-lit room often reduces eye strain, and is perfect for such activities as reading. Perhaps, this is what you want, and you are just wondering just how to brighten up your dark room.
This article has complied five surprising ways to turn that dark, dreary room into a bright and cheerful oasis. Read on to discover the not-so-complicated and mostly cheap ways and organization tips you can use to increase lighting in your dark room.
1. Clear Light Barriers:
While this is obviously a major cause for dark rooms, many people tend to overlook it. Your room may be dark as it is because natural light cannot reach it.
See to it that that three or bush cushioning your door or window is trimmed on a regular basis.
Also, clean your window glasses regularly to remove any grime and dirt that could be blocking light. On cleanliness, vacuuming your house often is also necessary. Dust settles on almost everything in the room (including the reflective surfaces) thus contributing to the dullness.
Make sure the curtains and window blinds are open most of the time. Having curtain rods that are wider than the window glass will make it easier to stack those curtains off the windows altogether for maximum light.
One more thing, you should as much as possible avoid growing trees on the southern part of your house. As is the case, in the summer, the sun will often be so high the trees can’t provide shade, and when winter comes, the foliage will seriously block your doors and windows from light and warmth.
2. Consider replacing walls with room dividers:
This is one excellent way to introduce lighting into your dark room. Room dividers beautifully segregate your space while allowing enough light to pass through. There are many options here which include among others:
– Glass partitions.
– Multifold partitions.
There are great wood, metal and plastic dividers designed to not only partition your room but also allow enough light to filter through.
– You can also use plant dividers. Yes, plants can be a very effective way of screening your room while allowing it enough light.
– Using an internal door that has glass panels will increase the amount of light in the dark room.
However, it is important that you took to a structural engineer befall bringing down your walls.
3. Apply light reflection:
You can turn your dark room into a bright wonderland by reflecting even the slightest scintilla of light present in the chamber. As a Chicago based interior designer, Erica Lugbill, says, reflective surfaces are very helpful in lighting up dark spaces.
Mirrors come in handy here. Hanging mirrors on various places around the room like beside the buffet, over the fireplace, or behind your dining table is sure to reflect enough light and brighten up the room. You should also consider buying mirrored accessories like dressers and mirrored side tables to amplify the light in your dark space further. There are many mirror styles and designs including beveled mirrors, antique mirrors, and sunburst mirrors. The more mirrors you use, the more light you will reflect.
Among other tricks, placing same-size mirrors opposite each other and placing a mirror on the wall close a window will surely bring more light in the room.
You can strategically hang the mirrors yourself or talk to an interior designer for some organization tips.
While mirrors do a great job, using more shiny objects will reflect more light in the room. For instance, you can add more brass lighting, more brass candlesticks, use silver photo frames, shinier door knobs, and choose clear acrylic furniture.
4. Do some work on your windows and window treatments:
As noted earlier, vacuuming your house often which include cleaning your windows, allows sufficient light inside. The second thing you need to look at are the window treatments.
Get rid of those heavy dark curtains and blinds that block and absorb the incoming light. Replace them with translucent ones which you can easily slide open during the daytime. Again, choose light colored curtains and blinds made from light fabrics.
If privacy is an issue, consider using frosted privacy films which allow in sufficient light without any compromise to your privacy. With a frosted film, you can remove the window curtains and blinds altogether. Shutters can also be a good fit. Choose from a range of faux or wood shutters which you will use to control the amount of natural light you want in your dark space.
Installing LED windows will also light up your room. Perhaps your room is dark because it has not a single window. Good news is, you can actually install a fake LED window. And you can do this yourself so long as you have some basic carpentry skills. All you need is a muslin cloth, LED grow lights, and corn starch. You get the idea, right?
5. Paint is king (but not always white paint):
While white paint is excellent in most instances, don’t assume white is the best color for your dark room. NYC based interior designer, Jack Menashe says that white paints often go flat without the right lighting. In most cases, he says, a warm gray, or creamy beige does very well in dark rooms. Other designers have suggested thick yellow, light purple, and pale blue colors.
Choose the right color for your ceiling, walls, and floor. A fine high-gloss paint coat on your ceiling will do just right. The roof will reflect both lights from the ceiling lights and natural light to brighten up your dark space. The same paint also works wonders on walls across the windows. Many a time, even without painting the entire room, having good paint on the ceiling makes a huge difference.
The floor will also need to liven up. Choose a light-colored rug or a beautiful bright carpet that can reflect natural light well. If possible, you can redo your floor and use pale hardwood, bamboo flooring or light colored tiles to reflect more light. Choosing tan and white colors for your doors, windows and wood furniture will also make a big difference in your room.