5 Ways to Lighten Up a Dark Room

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We all dream of an abundance of natural light in our homes, but for many of us this isn’t an option without costly renovations or moving house. As we're all spending more time than ever at home, creating a light and calming atmosphere is beneficial to our mental health as well as our overall home style. We look at 5 ways to lighten up a dark room to help make your home space an even better place to be…

Whether you live in an apartment, flat or older style house such as Victorian or Edwardian, chances are you have rooms in your home that you wish had more natural light. One of the easiest ways to bring more natural light into any space is to add a mirror. If the room already has a window, no matter how small, adding a well-placed mirror will reflect any light from the window and give the illusion of more space. With plenty of modern and contemporary options available, you can also add extra storage with a mirrored cabinet, which are ideal for small bathrooms or even a dark hallway.

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Extra lighting

Dark rooms can often feel gloomy and smaller than they actually are. Bringing in more lighting options to such spaces can uplift the atmosphere and lighten up dark rooms quickly and easily. Think about bringing in different heights of lighting, a complementing floor lamp and table lamp will bring interest and added light. Ceiling lights can often be quite plain and simple, if changing the fixture for something more design-led isn’t an option look for a brighter lamp shade to help with light flow or one with an eye-catching print to add interest to the ceiling space.

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Wall Decor

Energize your walls and add impact with eye-catching wall decor. Adding art to the top quarter of the wall height will draw up eyes and will help to give the illusion of higher ceilings. Look for bright and colorful wall art, or if neutral shades are more your style try and stick to lighter tones rather than adding more darkness to the space. Brining personality to your room through wall decor will help to brighten the overall atmosphere of the area.

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Decorative Accessories

Lightening a dark room can be helped by adding bold decorative accessories. Statement pieces will draw in the eye and give the room more of a focus, away from it’s once gloomy feel. Colorful trinket trays and unique ornaments can transform the smallest of spaces. Maximalism style can help dark rooms and small spaces come to life, bright colors prints across accessories will lighten and refresh your space in an instant.

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