If you have a dark room in your home it can really affect how you feel. A dark room can be depressing and claustrophobic. Here are some ways on how to lighten a dark dreary room.
Add as many different types of lighting that you can. Uplights, downlights, pendant lights, table lights and candle light all add something different to the atmosphere and help illuminate a room.
A daylight bulb can add the brightness you may need in a room, however, the lighting can be harsh and cool so use sparingly. A warmer alternative is a soft white bulb with a warmer light.
Use lampshades that are transparent and allow light to flood through and not solid shades of metal or wood.
Use light pale colours especially creams and white to create a spacious bright feel to a room. A white ceiling will add a natural brightness to a room so bear this in mind when decorating.
Splashes of colour can be added with accessories so the room isn't bland or boring. Colour can also be added as a feature wall but consider a light shade and tone, not a dark colour.
Mirrors can make a dark room look lighter and more spacious. They trick the eye into thinking the room is large and brighter as they reflect light instead of absorbing it.
Pick a large mirror and place it strategically in the room to reflect light and create space.
Skylights or roof lanterns are essentially the same things - a window in the roof that can let light flood in. Flat roof lanterns are great for a modern home as they sit flush to the roof for those that want a sleek seamless look.
Modern roof lanterns also have a thermally efficient UPVC core so have money saving and heating benefits too. Some roof lanterns are self-cleaning as well so you don't have to worry about that chore.
Use sheer or light fabrics on your windows. Shutters can be used to protect privacy whilst still allowing natural light to come in. You can buy film to add to windows that are translucent, lets light in but still protects your privacy.
If you do not have a window in the room consider adding one if you can. This is easier said than done but can add a huge amount of light to a room.
Replace your doors with glass ones, to let light through. If you cannot afford to do this, paint your solid doors instead with white or cream.
So these are some effective solutions for a dark room. If you want some more inspiration, check out these ideas on how to brighten a dark room. Tell me, do you have any tips?