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How to Make a Dark Space Appear Brighter

Unless you’re going for a mysterious ambiance, dark space is the last thing you want in your home. With dark corners and long shadows cast along the wall, it would take nothing else to complete the ‘haunted’ look.

While natural lighting is the best bet to brighten up any space, it is not the only option. If your room lacks sufficient sunlight, here are some interesting ways to brighten up an otherwise dark room.

4 Ways to make a dark space bright

Explore more lighting options

This is a no-brainer. The easiest way to brighten up a dark space is to light it up. By casting light onto the walls of the room, you can effectively eliminate any dark corners.

When choosing lightbulbs, go for cooler tones like ‘true white’ which would give the room a fresh look. Invest in some table lamps to light
up your tabletops and bookcase.

Some pendant lights would go well over the dining table and scones will do the job of brightening up the rest of the room. From ceiling lights to rest lamps, you have a wide range of lighting options to choose from.

Repaint your walls

If you can’t get direct sunlight, then you have to give the illusion of a brighter room. You can do this by repainting your walls a crisp white. White does not absorb color, rather, it takes advantage of the natural light in a room by reflecting it onto other surfaces.

You can take it a step further by painting your ceilings as well. If you’re not into the ‘winter wonderland’ theme, you’re in luck. White is the perfect canvas for you to explore a range of decor options and everything looks better in a bright space.

Replace drapes and curtains with blinds

The debate over the pros and cons of curtains versus blinds is still on. However, if you’re looking to transform your living space from dim to bright, you have to make a choice.

We recommend you get rid of your drapes. Not only do they lend a sort of heaviness to the room, but curtains also block out most of the natural light coming through the window. Since the goal is to let in more light, blinds would do a much better job.

Don’t neglect your floors

If you think that the walls and ceiling are all that contribute to the brightness or dimness of a room, you’re wrong. The dark wood floors usually installed in present-day homes have a way of draining most of the light in the room.

The effect is more noticeable in spaces without windows. To brighten up such an area, cover up the floor with area rugs in a light tone. Cream or off-white are perfectly suitable options.


The dimness of a room could be influenced by a lack of windows or the absence of natural light. Whatever the cause, we can both agree that spending time in a dark space can be unsettling.

We’ve put together helpful tips that cover everything from paint options to lamps for extra lighting. With our help, you can easily brighten up any dark spot in your home.

Kathy Ramos (Admin)
Kathy Ramos (Admin)
Meet Kathy Ramos, a seasoned home decor content writer from the USA. Armed with a decade of content creation experience. With a solid educational background in the English language, Kathy seamlessly blends linguistic finesse with a keen eye for design. As a digital editor, she brings a modern touch to her writing. Join Kathy on a journey where each word is a brushstroke, painting vivid pictures of style and aesthetics. Explore her insights and let her guide you through the world of home decor with a unique blend of expertise and creativity.

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