Feeling glum about a drab room and not sure how to fix it? Whether it’s a bedroom, dining room or living room that needs help, you’ll want to make changes to introduce more light in the room. Never fear! We’ve done the research and are ready with four ideas to help you brighten up a room.
Assess Your Lighting
The Bulb Factor
When you tap the light switch, are you getting the brightness you need? Here’s something you may not have considered – check the wattage on the bulbs. Switch out dim bulbs for bulbs with the highest acceptable wattage in lighting fixtures.
• Something as minute as dust may be obstructing light. Dust the bulbs and glass shades.
• Replace incandescent bulbs with brighter LED lights and you’ll notice a big difference, not only in the room but also in your electric bill.
Paint Walls and Ceilings
A fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceiling in a light colour will instantly change a room’s feel. White, or variations of white, is ideal because it doesn’t absorb colour; the light bounces, which helps brighten other surfaces. If white is not your cup of tea, explore other possibilities. Light variations of colours like lavender, yellow, chocolate brown, orange, gray, pink, blue or green can be applied to the walls. This will bring colour to the room while keeping the room bright.
Rugs to Brighten Floors
Believe it or not, floor colour has an impact on a room’s brightness. Rolling out a light-colored rug to cover a dark floor will introduce more light into the room, while providing contrast between the rug’s edges and the floor. Use a rug full of multiple colours or designs to make the room radiate with light and detail.
Incorporate Furniture in Light Colours
Use light-coloured furniture to your advantage when you want a brighter look. Cream or white-coloured pieces will certainly breathe life into to the living space due to their finishes. Linen, cream or white upholstery also brightens the space. Make the biggest impact with large pieces like sofas, coffee tables, end tables, dining sets, desks and bookcases. Not only will pieces like these perk up the room, they will also add depth and dimension to the space.
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