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7 tips to brighten dark rooms

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A dark room often looks oppressive and gloomy. With the use of direct and indirect lighting and a few additional furnishing, then it can appear friendlier as it is flooded with light. Colors such as bright blue and sunny yellow on the walls and the furnitures can create a beach atmosphere even in dark rooms. Matte white combined with curved shapes and lines as well as delicate fabrics to create a romantic ambiance. Smooth, glossy surfaces, bright colors, clear shapes and graphic patterns reflect modernity while bringing brightness into dark rooms. A bright room can be arranged in many different styles—it just depends on the choice of colors and the right materials that will light up a dark room. Mirror, glass and crystals are also suitable for decoration when it comes to making dim rooms brighter.

1. Light on all corners

Dark rooms can be softly lit for a romantic ambiance. With the use of yellow light placed along the dim corners of the room, you will be able to create a warm and welcoming space. If the room is not only dark, but also quite small, then you might lack floor space for lamps. This is why it is best to make a well-planned design that will enable you to fully utilize the available space. For a harmonious lighting, you may opt for a beautiful ceiling or pendulum lamp as the main light source. If you want to use it effectively for a lot of light, you can go for several pendulum lamps or a chandelier with crystals. If the ceiling is low, the room can be visually stretched with the help of a long pendulum lamp. To ensure that the general lighting is suitable for daylight as well as for cozy evening hours, the it would be a practical solution to have a dimmable switch.

A spotlight as an additional light source next to the ceiling or pendulum light is required wherever direct light is needed. This can be the reading corner, the dining area, the desk, the favorite place to watch TV or the play corner. Flexible stand- or panel lights are particularly versatile. For example, a ceiling floodlight with an integrated screen lamp fulfills two tasks: it radiates a beautiful, indirect light upwards and thus brightens the dark room in a comfortable way, at the same time the lamp provides direct light where it is needed. Especially in dark rooms, accent lighting is indispensable. With it the dark room turns into a moody ambience. Thus, with a corresponding lighting, showcases or shelves in the living room, the favorite picture on the wall or special decorations can be staged in the whole house with brightness.

2. Bright furniture for every taste

Bright furniture reflect the light and make dark rooms look cheerful. With white furniture in front of a sunny yellow wall, the darkest room suddenly appears to be radiantly friendly. Romantic white furniture made of wood with curved lines and ornaments. If you like it, you can go back to lacquered white furniture with straight lines and shapes and glossy surfaces. Bright pastel shades are also outstanding. A delicate blue brings a fresh sea breeze into the room, while a bright rosé spreads summer freshness. In order to break the monotonous white, then you can utilize various color shades. Delicate ivory complements, for example, furniture made of matte white or a light blue chair in front of a cream-colored desk. A single piece of furniture has the ability to create an exciting contrast between uniformly bright elements. The same effect is achieved, for example, by dark wood in front of a bright wall.

3. Create contrasts on the walls

To make a dark room brighter, there are different possibilities. In order that furniture in light tones do not disappear in front of uniform walls and to avoid monotony in color design, contrasts are required. For example, soft pastel colors can be contrasted with clear shapes and patterns such as a round or square mirror with a smooth frame. A white wall is broken up by images in bright red or black-and-white photographs with a dark frame. Also a single colored wall offers an eye-catching contrast with light furniture and walls, making the room appear more lively. However, to prevent the wall from becoming stifling, the statement piece should not be on the largest wall and try not to use dark colors. Two different wall paints have the same effect. Also graphic patterns offer interesting possibilities to conjure contrasts to the walls. They are particularly suitable for alternating light and dark shades. This creatively interrupts the otherwise bland color scheme without fear of creating a dark setting.

4. Light ceilings

A dark room looks almost suffocating with a dark ceiling. If the ceiling is dark, the whole room tends to be gloomy. A bright ceiling, on the other hand, makes the room not only more friendly, but also optically larger. This is the case with walls in cheerful tones. Halogen spots provide extra brightness. On delicate gray or cream these are particularly good. In the children's room, this creates a wonderful starry sky on a delicate blue or light gray ceiling, which creates a special atmosphere. Another solution is offered by suspended ceilings. With the plasterboards, individual solutions can be created and even additional lighting can be installed, creating an inviting ambience.

5. Indoor windows for more light

Windows can be greatly beneficial for dark rooms, where few natural light sources are available. They help open up the room and also acts as an additional light source. They also offer the possibility to connect two rooms, thus providing a more open-plan living concept. Internal windows are recommended wherever they are not intrusive. For example, you can connect the small, dark kitchen to the light-flooded dining room or living room. There is no way to install an interior window, glass doors or glass windows can be used for the same purpose.

6. The right curtains

Curtains do not just protect you from prying eyes, they adorn the room and make it feel homely and comfortable. In order to make dim rooms brighter, use light curtains instead of darker shades. Translucent curtains allows you to have a bit of light in while still having some shade and privacy. White curtains light up the room, They also match pastel-colored walls, adding bright contrasts to the room. Instead of thick curtains, which are heavy and gloomy, smooth, delicate fabrics are airier and lighter. Instead of curtains, blinds are also suitable, which can be pulled down for shade at any time.

7. Shiny surfaces

Mirror and glossy surfaces reflect the light. Above all, they are perfectly suited to make the room brighter than the window or other light sources. Since glossy surfaces reflect not only bright but also dark colors, they should be in front of bright colored walls and decorated with bright decorative objects. Particularly beautiful effects result when glossy surfaces are combined with accent lighting. This can be a lava lamp on the shiny sideboard or a lamp on the shiny shelf, reflecting light beautifully as the desired effect. 

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