By Miriam Bornstein of Zillow
Say goodbye to those dark and gloomy rooms in your home and transform them into masterpieces with a few creative tweaks. Just because a room lacks windows or natural lighting doesn't mean that it's a lost cause. Whether you're in the market for a new apartment or new home, now is the time to look past the drab of a dark room and tap into its unlimited potential.
Break through the darkness this summer with five decorating tips to brighten up a dark room.
1) Go White, Go Bright
The best way to trick your eye into thinking you're in a larger, brighter room, is by painting it white. When the walls and the ceiling are both white, the edges blur together creating an illusion of a taller space. Plus, white reflects light instead of absorbing it, which inherently brightens the room.
Feeling bored by that stark look? Imagine you're a painter. You wouldn't want to create a work of art on anything but a blank canvas, and your interior walls should be no exception. Treat your white walls as a gallery backdrop by adding artwork and wall décor for a pop of color, texture and style. Other ways to complement white walls is with colored furniture, printed area rugs and house plants for nature-inspired accents.
Channel your inner minimalist by painting the trim of a colored wall. Outlining your walls in white will highlight points of architectural interest that may be overlooked. Painting the trim also helps add depth to your space by making your walls look longer. In order to increase the brightness of your room, paint your walls with cool-toned hues to offer the best reflective qualities. If you're feeling inspired, why stop at painting the trim of a wall? Spray painting light fixtures and knobs is an additional way to give your decor a hassle-free and budget-friendly face lift.
Wow guests by utilizing a fifth wall. The ceiling is an unexpected place to paint or add texture, providing a simple solution to amplify your room's luminosity. Painting a ceiling with a high-gloss finish is one way to offer a radiant sheen which can double the perceived height of a ceiling. Other ways to utilize the fifth wall is by adding illuminating features, like a statement chandelier. Creating visual drama will draw your eye upward, taking the attention off the dark environment and onto the unique details of your room.
Emit and reflect light through mirrors. Placing a mirror opposite a light source creates optimum light reflection. Showcase your sense of style by clustering a bunch of mirrors together, or hanging one large mirror to heighten and brighten the entire room. To further increase your light source, add some bling to your mirrors. These shiny surfaces will create an even more lustrous illusion.
5) Let There Be Light
Dress any dark room with light fixtures to create a bright, welcoming environment. If you're renting a home and are unable to paint your walls, incorporate artificial lighting to compensate for a lack of natural lighting. Recessed fixtures are ideal because they scatter light across the ceiling to distribute light more effectively, while track lighting enables you to adjust individual lights to illuminate specific focal points. For maximum lighting, find fixtures that cast light up and down, such as wall sconces and floor and table lamps with shades that open at both the top and bottom.
Adding light-enhancing elements to a dark space allows you to make the most of your environment. By incorporating white paint, a painted trim, a fifth wall, mirrors and light fixtures, your room will transform, allowing you to look on the brighter side of life.
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I hope it helped *brighten* your day and gave you ideas for your own home!