Life should be light, bright, and happy, but to get into that mood, we need to be in surroundings that reflect it. It would take a supremely positive person to feel like they're walking on cloud nine when they’re in a room or home that’s dark, stuffy, and dingy. If you’re in this position, you can make it easier on yourself by making your house a little bit brighter. No matter how dark and uninspiring a room might be, there are always ways to bring the light! Below, we take a look at ten methods. Take a read, incorporate the tips, and you’ll be on your way to brighter living arrangements in no time.
10 Ways to Brighten Up A Dark Room
Rearrange Your Furniture
It’s not just the curtains that might be taking all the light that that’s otherwise destined to brighten up your home: your furniture might be doing some damage, too. If you’ve got bulky pieces surrounding your windows or near the light sources, then there’s only going to be so far that the light is able to travel. So take a look at moving things around. Rearranging your furniture so that nothing is absorbing those light rays might be all it takes to brighten up the room and make it more spacious.
Even small rooms can feel light and spacious if they’re managed in the correct way; which is to say, not overflowing with items. Take a look at pictures of minimalist rooms, and you’ll notice that they always seem to have that light, clean, and spacious look. So why not adopt this philosophy for your own home? A living room that has the bare essentials and little else will always look brighter. It’s when a room is so packed with items that you can’t see the corners and feel “penned in” that you run into trouble.
General wisdom says that you should have light cushion covers and throws on your couch during the spring and summer, and then, when fall rolls around, switch them out for darker hues for that season and winter. It’ll better reflect the atmosphere of the season, they say. While this might be generally true, if you’re struggling for light in a room, then it’s probably not worth taking. Like the walls, dark colors aren’t going to improve your lighting situation; they’ll make it worse. As such, load up on yellow, beige, and cream accessories.
Our home is going to influence our mood in one way or another. If we have a light and spacious environment, then we’ll find it easier to feel light and happy ourselves. A dark, stuffy room will bring the opposite mindset. As we’ve shown above, it’s always possible to take a dark space and make it a little bit brighter. In the process, you’ll be creating a home that’s more enjoyable to be in, especially during winter, when those dark mornings and early nights means it can be difficult to get our necessary dosage of light.
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