Light can have an overwhelming effect on people. It lifts our mood, regulates our sleep patterns, and helps us stay healthy. So, if you’re stuck in a cramped apartment anywhere in the world, we’ve got some fantastic, simple tips to help you feel better about life.
Here are our top design ideas on how to lighten a dark room so that staying inside becomes a pleasurable experience.
Make the most of available natural light
The best way to let the sunshine in is to get rid of any heavy drapes in your apartment. Rather opt for translucent fabrics and light shades that block as little natural sunlight as possible.
Keep your windows clean and if possible, trim back any branches that may be blocking the flow of light into your room.
Indirect lighting, such as a floor lamp directed upwards, can also help to brighten up dreary spaces, especially as the day begins to fade.
How to lighten a dark room with paint
A coat of paint can change the entire look and feel of your room. White or very light neutral shades are best. These tones can also help you feel less confined by making your space feel larger.
Matt paint is best for creating an even glow, but a little gloss on the ceiling creates a reflective point of interest in your room.
If you don’t like the idea of a neutral-coloured room, a lively design can add an energetic feel, especially against a background of light blue, green, or yellow. Shimmery metallic light fittings, picture frames, or other accessories are also great for attracting and reflecting light.
Too many artworks in dark shades will detract from reflective space and can have the effect of absorbing the available light. Stick to light-coloured pictures and paintings, and leave plenty of space between them.
A brightly coloured mat will bring cheer and interest to any room, especially when paired with light-wood floorboards. Mirrors work well to enlarge tiny spaces. They serve as a focal point and are an effective way to bounce some light off your walls.
Acrylic accents and glass coffee or side tables will really help to add a little extra glow to your interiors. Avoid placing bookshelves, room partitions or large furniture so that they obstruct the light coming into your room.
Keep it simple
Like artworks, clutter can really suck the light out of a room. It’s also bad for your mental health.
Spend some time investigating creative storage ideas for items you don’t need and rearrange your furniture to create a better flow of light. If you can get your hands on some hardy house plants, they’ll really add life to your room.
More ideas to make your home a happy place
Home design and decor is a never-ending process that evolves as you do. You can never have too many options when it comes to upgrading and re-organizing your living spaces.
Whether you’re looking for tips on how to lighten a dark room or want to know how to become more productive in your home office, Compactor Magazine has plenty of inspiration for you.