10 Ways to Brighten a Dark Room

Let the light in this summer.

Summer is in full swing, and it’s about time we all let the light into our homes. Brighten a dark room with these 10 interior design enhancements.

Create a Wall of Mirrors
Hanging a mirror (or two, or three) on a wall directly across from a window can double the amount of sunlight in a room by allowing light to bounce off a reflective surface.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
Bright paint colors can instantly change the personality of a room. Lucky for you, we’ve curated a rainbow of our favorite bright paint colors to help you make your room come to life.

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Clean the Windows
If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your windows, chances are they could use a good scrubbing. So, what are you waiting for? Make the work feel like play; tune in to our Cleaning Playlist on Spotify for some upbeat music to get you going.

Declutter the Room
This might sound simple, but getting rid of unnecessary clutter and home décor items can make a room feel instantly lighter.

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Get Creative with the Ceiling
Adding wallpaper or vibrant paint colors to your ceiling can enhance the amount of light the room absorbs. We love these purple stripes from a recent Biringer Builder’s new construction project.

Complement the Natural Light
Placing more light fixtures – floor and table lamps, chandeliers, wall-mounted fixtures, valances, etc. – throughout a room can ramp up the amount of overall light in a space, both in the daytime and after the sun sets.

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Reevaluate Décor Color Palette
Does your bedspread, rug and artwork contain dark colors? Swap out blacks and dark shades of red, blue, green and purple for décor that’s characterized by shades of white and other light colors.

Get Rid of the Curtains
We love a good window treatment, but if you want to bring more light into a space, sometimes it’s best to just let them go. Can’t live without your curtains? Replace heavy and opaque curtains with light and translucent ones, and tie them when they are not in use.

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Paint the Woodwork
If you have dark oak finishes, wainscoting, staircases, ceiling beams, or any other kind of woodwork, painting it white is a surefire way to lighten and modernize a room.

Add Another Window
And of course, adding more windows is one of the easiest ways to brighten a room with flawless natural light.

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A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.