How to Make a Dark Room Seem Brighter

Updated February 21, 2017

A dark room can be gloomy, foreboding and uninviting, not the atmosphere you want to create for guests. Rooms generally become dark when they are filled with dark-coloured, heavy furniture, and decorated in deep colours. You can brighten up a dark room and make it more inviting using a combination of methods, including changing the decor and using strategic lighting. Once you've redecorated and made clever use of accessories like mirrors, your room will be transformed into a welcoming and bright environment.

Arrange several lamps around the room, particularly in the darkest parts of the room. Ensure that each seat in the room has access to a lamp or can benefit fully from the light of the room's light bulb.

Paint the walls in a lighter colour. Pale colours reflect light, which brightens the room, while dark colours absorb it, creating a gloomy atmosphere. If possible adopt a monochromatic colour scheme using a pale colour which helps to brighten the room even more.

Put light-coloured furniture in the room. If you have a lot of dark wood furniture, paint it white or cream or simply replace it with lighter furniture.

Replace a dark wood floor with a lighter wood, or paint the floor a light colour, preferably white.

Place a mirror across from the natural light source in the room. This will reflect as much light as possible and lighten up the room.

Install sheer drapes to let as much light in as possible. Avoid bulky window dressings like blinds as they can't open completely and let in much light.

Remove any clutter you have in the room. Excess items can clog up a room and make it seem gloomy.

Things You'll Need

  • Lamps
  • Light-coloured paint
  • Paint rollers and paintbrushes
  • Light-coloured furniture
  • Large, framed mirror
  • Sheer drapes
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About the Author

Based in Leeds, United Kingdom, Nicola Gordon-Thaxter has been writing sales articles since 1995. Her articles have appeared in the "Milton Keynes Citizen" and on the ePolitix website. Gordon-Thaxter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of the West Indies and is completing a Master of Arts in writing from the University of Leeds.