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Tips for Brightening Up a Dark Room In Your New Jersey Home

Tips for Brightening Up a Dark Room In Your New Jersey Home

It’s very rare to find a house that’s the perfect interior home design and exactly how you want it, unless you decide to build your home from the ground up. Most of the time the closets are too small, the floor plan is not quite right, the wall paint is ugly, or you’re stuck with a room that doesn’t get enough sunlight. Fortunately, some of these issues can be fixed. While you can’t change around the floor plan, there are some tips to brightening up a dark room. And many of these can be done without painting professionals or other paid help. Here are some easy, cost-effective ways to transform that room that don’t require adding in a window.

Minimize Window Treatments

You want to allow as much light into the room as possible, so keep window decorations to a minimum. Don’t surround your windows with big, oversized drapes because they can block some of that natural light. Instead, use blinds, roman shades or another minimalist option, which also takes up less space making the room feel more spacious.

Supplement With Light Fixtures

One of the easiest and quickest solutions would be to add in additional light, such as overheard lighting, a floor lamp, or multiple table lamps. (Or all of the above.) When you do add in the lighting elements, try to position them so that the light reflects off the walls, ceilings or other surfaces—in order to make the most use of the light. You can also switch out the blubs in your pre-existing light fixtures for brighter ones.

Add a Mirror or Glass Door

A strategically placed mirror will help reflect light and disperse it throughout a dark room, making it look brighter. If you do use a mirror, put it in a thinner frame so it won’t clutter up the space. And if the room has a door attached, swap out the solid door for one with glass in it. An exterior glass door allows more natural light to filter in, while an interior glass door can help open up the room.

Give the Room A New Paint Color

The last thing a dark room needs is dark paint color on the walls. Painting a room in a lighter color can really make a room seem bigger and brighter than it is. From repainting a ceiling to the entire room, a simple paint job can go a long way in making a room feel more open. If you do want dark wall paint, have it as an accent wall and keep the rest of the room a lighter color.

Giving a room a new paint job can be a pain but can have a big effect on interior home design. If the job seems daunting, leave it to the experts at Spectrum Painting. Our painting professionals can give your dark room a beautiful new paint job. Contact us today!


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