Instant Brightness: 6 Ways to Decorate Dark Rooms

by / Sunday, 17 December 2017 / Published in Guest post, Sundays with Ydp

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With daylight savings time in full effect, natural light is at a premium. I love how Chloe is back with great tips on maximizing the lighting to create an uplifting environment.

A dark room can seem quite overwhelming, especially if it’s small and cluttered. Not only will such an environment make you feel constrained and cramped, but it can also cause anxiety and depression. Luckily, there are more than just a few ways to make your dark room seem brighter and more open. Increasing the brightness in your dark room will boost your mood and help your space truly shine.
Choose the right colour scheme
Colours can truly transform your dark space if you know how to use them properly. A bright, neutral palette is one of the best choices for a dark room because it will open up your space. Off-whites, soft greys and soothing pastels can liven up your space, especially if they contain warm undertones. When painting your room, you should create a contrast between your walls and ceiling – the ceiling should always be brighter than the walls to create the desired effect. You will achieve even better results if you set a bright ceiling against dark floors, which will create an illusion of spaciousness and openness.

Introduce mirrors

Adding a mirror to your gloomy space will immediately boost its brightness. By reflecting light throughout your room, mirrors will make your living space seem airier and more open while also visually expanding it. In addition, mirrors are always a great way to accessorise a space. You can choose from different shapes, styles and sizes and pick the one that fits your home décor.

Go with minimalism

A dark space will seem even more cramped and small if it’s cluttered and messy, so make sure to create a tidy and structured ambiance. Embracing minimalism is a simple and stylish way to give your room a clean, clutter-free look. Keeping your surfaces clean and your decorations to a minimum will completely transform and open up your space.

Maximise natural lighting

Illuminating your space with natural lighting is the best way to create an atmosphere of airiness and freshness. Some simple changes, such as removing your curtains or trimming the trees in front of your windows can increase the amount of natural lighting in your home. However, if your space has small windows or simply doesn’t get enough sunlight, you can install unique and stylish skylights, a perfect solution for a gloomy room. This is also a great option if you’ve decided to transform your basement into a guest bedroom or children’s play area. Skylights will ensure that your soon-to-be cosy area has plenty of natural lighting.

Introduce metallic decorations

When decorating your gloomy space, you should opt for chic metallic finishes. Not only will this elevate your home décor, but it will also make your room brighter by reflecting light. A lovely lighting fixture with a metallic finish will brighten up your space, as well as give it a trendy look. Even the smallest decorative metallic details can boost the brightness of your dark room.

Lighten up your floors

While dark floors in contrast with a white ceiling can create an illusion of spaciousness, in some homes, they can create a heavy, dark look. A simple way to avoid this is to add a lovely area rug in an open, bright colour. You can also go with a patterned design as long as it features a bright colour scheme. Not only will this open up your space, but it will also give your room a cosy, layered look. However, if you don’t want to add an area rug to your space but prefer bare wooden floors, there’s another simple solution for alleviating the heavy effect it has on your room. You can simply paint your floors in a bright hue. This is a particularly great idea if your floors have lost their initial shine and you want to give them a new look. Just make sure to use a high-quality paint with a protective coating to ensure its durability.
With these simple decorative ideas, you can easily transform your dark room and create an open and positive atmosphere.

Guest Writer Chloe

Which was your favorite tip for lighting up a dark room?

Guest contributing writer Chloe Taylor

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