If you’re getting tired of your bedroom or living room leaving you feeling dark and gloomy, it might be time to switch things up!
A bright, airy, light room can instantly lift your mood, and can also help you become more productive, energetic and happier.
Interior designers use specific techniques to brighten up dark rooms that might not get a lot of natural light. We’ve compiled their techniques to get these top five tips on how to brighten up your room:
1. Add reflective surfaces: Reflective surfaces such as mirrors, glass and crystal immediately brighten up a room by reflecting light. Add variety by incorporating reflective surfaces in photo frames, wall-mounted mirrors, candle holders, decorative boxes, lighting fixtures, glass-topped tables and mirrored trays.
2. Add a lick of paint: Choosing the right colour can make a big difference to the look and feel of your room. To keep your room feeling bright and airy, choose white or cream for the majority of your room, then choose one or two colours for an accent wall or trim. Whichever colour you choose, paint the ceiling white, cream or another pale colour to give a sense of height and to reflect light.
3. Choose accessories: Change up your pillows, candles, area rugs, wall art and throws regularly to keep your room feeling fresh. If your room is mainly white, opt for colourful accent pieces to bring a pop of colour to your room. Conversely, if your room is full of bright colours, white or black accent pieces can enhance everything around it.
4. Windows and doors: Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking any windows or doors that can let in light. When it comes to curtains, opt for light, sheer fabrics that can let in light, and keep your curtains open as much as you can. If you prefer blinds, choose cloth blinds in a light fabric rather than wooden or plastic blinds as they can block light.
: Instead of relying on harsh over-head fluorescent lighting, opt for softer lighting and add as much of it as your room will allow. Try to incorporate ceiling lamps, wall scones, table lamps and candles for plenty of light coming from all directions.
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