In a home, the brighter the space looks and feels, the larger and more welcoming the space will also be. But if you live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of natural sunlight, or your home is just naturally more dark and shaded, you might struggle with finding a way to make the rooms of your home light and airy.
If this is a problem that you’ve been meaning to address in your house, here are three tips for brightening up a dark space in your home.
Choose The Lightest Possible Flooring Colors
Aside from the walls, the flooring of your home is going to be the largest swath of material that you’ll be working with. Knowing this, it’s important that you don’t allow the color of your flooring to work against you when you’re trying to make a space feel brighter.
To do this, you’ll want to try to choose a flooring color that is as light as you can comfortably go. This means that if you’re using hardwood flooring, you’ll want to choose a lighter stain. And while getting a light color on carpeting can be a little scary since every stain or mark will likely show up, the opposite is actually true of hardwood flooring. Lighter colors are great at hiding scratches and scuffs. And the fact that it will drastically brighten up your room doesn’t hurt.
Implement Various Sources Of Light
One of the most obvious solutions for making a dark room brighter is to add more light sources. However, it’s not always just the number of light sources that can make a room look and feel brighter. What you really want to focus on is bringing in various sources of light that you can use.
As you create layers within your lighting options, like cove lighting, wall lighting, task lighting and more, you’ll be able to create a more tailored lighting experience rather than just going from dark to light without any real mood lighting option.
Decorate With Mirrors
Another great option for playing up any of the natural light that a space has going for it is to use mirrors as a big part of your decor.
Mirrors are great at reflecting light and making any room appear bigger and brighter. So regardless of what shape or size of mirror you’re wanting to bring into the space, having any kind of mirror will have a big positive impact on the light in a dark room.
If you have one or more rooms within your home that are darker than you’d like them to be, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you bring more light into those dark spaces, both naturally and artificially.