13+ Ways to Brighten Up A Dark Bedroom

Having a dark bedroom at night is a luxury, but having a dark room during the day might be depressing. It’s relatively uncommon for people who don’t live in enormous mansions to use their bedrooms for more than just sleeping. 

Here’s how to lighten a gloomy bedroom so that your time there is more productive, joyous, or delightfully lazy, depending on your mood before the sun goes down.

1. Clean Your Windows

The windows in your bedroom may be unclean, contributing to the lack of enough lighting. Even though it may appear negligible, accumulating all those smudges might reduce sight. Watch the light penetrating using a cloth and a professional window-cleaning product, or create your solution from water and vinegar.

2. Go Glossy

Since the sheen of high-gloss paint will naturally reflect light, it is a sure method to increase the amount of light in your bedroom. You can even consider painting the ceiling with high-gloss paint to enlarge the space and add an unexpected decorative element.

3. Pull the Rug Out

Your bedroom will get depth, volume, and texture with an area rug. But more significantly, it will highlight the glow on your floor, adding some additional brilliance if you have hardwood flooring.

4. Be Mindful of Paintings

Save your big, dark pieces of art for rooms with enough light. Don’t hang dark things on your walls or put up dark paintings or posters. If your wall is covered with art, it will soak up the light coming in instead of reflecting it.

5. Hang Mirrors

By letting the light reflect off the reflecting surfaces, you can double the quantity of light entering your bedroom.

A gloomy room in your home can be made brighter by hanging a big mirror directly across from the room’s main window or placing a collection of decorative mirrors there.

The ideal use for this concept is to liven up stairways.

6. A Light Bulb Moment

Adding harsh and extreme lighting to a setting that already seems harsh and severe can only make the situation even more so. Use warm-coloured light bulbs in your bedroom instead of cold-coloured ones in your workplace or bathroom. Light bulbs branded as “soft white” or “warm white” should be sought out while shopping for them at the store.

7. Light Up the Room 

If your bedroom doesn’t get much natural light, you’ll need to make it brighter. A single light from above might not be enough here. Instead, try adding at least a few more lamps to give your room more depth and to make up for the weird shadows your ceiling-mounted light is making.

A bedside light helps study and other evening activities illuminate the space after the sun sets. Place a floor lamp across from it to cast light in a different direction. You could wish to add even more little or big lights, based on the scale of your bedroom.

This lighting setup will increase the amount of light in your room and provide you with numerous choices for how to illuminate the area based on your mood and activities. While turning on the overhead light and lights might signal that it is time to unwind, sharp overhead lighting may promote

8. Control Lights by Venetian Blinds & Shades

Installing Venetian blinds on your windows may make a dark room seem lighter and brighter by providing solar control, allowing for more daylight penetration, and allowing you to direct sunlight upwards toward the ceiling.

You also have the option of installing vertical window shades in your home. These shades cover the window from the bottom up instead of from the top down. This solution is effective for both the availability of natural light and for protecting one’s privacy!

Since the light coming in at the top of a window will go the farthest into the rooms, it is essential to ensure that the light from that section of the window is not blocked by heavy drapery or blinds.

9. The Art of the Matter

Hang numerous works of art in your bedroom, particularly ones with brilliant colour schemes and airy moods, to give it depth and an air of curiosity. Although purchasing art might seem overwhelming, you don’t have to be a Picasso to succeed. You may get eye-catching artwork on a budget by using websites like Etsy, purchasing reproductions of your favourite pieces and framing them, or supporting your favourite local painter.

10. Bedding and Accessories Should Add Contrast

If you’re not cautious, furniture and decorations in a dim room might vanish into the shadows. If you want to paint your walls a rich mid-tone or bright hue, offer a contrast with furniture that has a medium finish and round off the brightening impact with bedding and other decor items that are white or some other light colour. This maximises the little light in the space and provides just enough contrast to make it more exciting.

Lack of natural light need not be harmful; it keeps the room cooler in the summer and prevents you from being awakened by the sun’s glare on those wonderful weekend nights when you wish to sleep in.

11. Choose Your Wall Color Wisely

Contrary to popular belief, white walls are not ideal for a dark bedroom. Light colours may make a tiny space seem more prominent, but they don’t do their best to make a dark space seem brighter. White and other light colours reflect light, making a space seem bright and cheery, yet there isn’t enough light in the room for reflection. This gives the room’s white walls a greyish, darkened appearance, making it seem gloomy and dull.

Instead, choose a mid-tone paint colour that is heavily saturated. If you want, you can even be a little bit bright. The mid-tone hue will seem somewhat darker in a dim room, while the bright magenta will lose vibrancy. Since darker hues absorb shadows instead of depending on reflected light to appear their best, your strong walls will provide colour and heat to your dark bedroom. It is ideal to choose cool, sombre, deep shades of green, grey, blue, or even purple to create the calming ambience you want in a bedroom.

12. Keep Your Window Coverings Sheer

A dark bedroom is not the place for thick drapes or window coverings that prevent the room from receiving the tiny amount of natural light that would otherwise enter the space. Put blinds on their own for a more casual look, or use sheer drapes over a blind that you can lower to provide extra seclusion at night. You may even use blinds in place of draperies altogether. To make a difference between the dark walls and the window coverings, keep the colour of the window coverings light.

13. Shiny Surfaces to Your Advantage

While glossy wall finishes are not an option, surfaces that reflect light might be advantageous for light bouncing!

Use shimmering furnishings, acrylic accents, metallic treatments on vases and other imaginative design pieces, reflecting coffee tables, partitions, and other reflective surfaces to make a space with little natural light livelier.

14. Trim the Trees

The windows in your bedroom may be blocked by vegetation outside the house, which would explain why you don’t get much natural light there. Be sure that any shrubs or trees outside your windows have been given the appropriate amount of trimming, and do not plant any trees in that particular region.

15. Pardon My French (Doors)

Installing French doors in your bedroom may be a bit complex. Still, if you have the resources and the determination to accomplish it, it is something you should consider doing. Installing French doors in your bedroom will allow light from other parts of your house to enter, cause any light in the room to be reflected, and make the space seem more open.

Bottom Line

Space must have a balance of light and shadow to have the highlights that give a place depth. This balance can be created by putting curtains and lights in critical places.

The darkest corners and areas of a space may be illuminated by carefully putting lights.

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