Brighten any room with these 3 dark room ideas

by Maryann Ross Levanti 11/27/2022

Light can bring depth, ambience and comfort to any room. Brighter rooms can lend to a plethora of innovative design ideas and tend to liven the mood among house members. However, many homeowners worry that they’ll need to add windows, light fixtures or other intrusive methods of light to their dark rooms to get an ounce of extra light.

Don’t fret. There are ways to brighten a dark room without cutting spaces for windows, installing large and cumbersome fixtures or repainting your walls.

Here are three dark room ideas that will brighten your living space with minimal effort:

Reflecting light

Mirrors are an excellent way to move light around a room. Placing them near windows with ample natural exposure will reflect light around a room by using surfaces such as walls, tables, ceilings, flooring and the mirror itself to evenly distribute that light in a dark room.

You don’t necessarily need a standing mirror or large accent mirrors, either. In fact, a small accent mirror or cluster of mirrors adorning a wall will reflect light just as well as, if not better than, a larger mirror. They’ll also act as an exceptional accent piece for your home’s decor.

Layering light

Another exceptional way to lighten a dark and dreary room is with lighting layers. Utilize overhead lighting, floor or table lamps and task lights to make your dark room feel more inviting and efficient. If your overhead lighting is a bit harsh, try switching out the bulbs for something with a softer, warmer glow.

Use brighter daylight bulbs as task lighting to help accent the room’s features and give you a place to enjoy hobbies, read or just have an extra twinkle in your living area.

Ambient lighting can be achieved by placing lamps strategically throughout the room with lower-brightness bulbs.

Accenting with furniture

Another way to make a room feel brighter is by utilizing your sofa, chairs, tables and other light furniture. The light furniture catches the light, much like light wood flooring or white walls, and gently ties it into the rest of the living space within the room’s walls, making a dark room brighter.

Be sure to use neutrals, light shades and avoid deep pops of color, since these can bring the brightness of the room down.

About the Author

Maryann Ross Levanti

I'm Maryann Ross Levanti, looking forward to meeting you and helping you find your new home and/or sell your current one. I've lived in Fairfield County the majority of my life - grew up in Westport, (Coleytown, Coleytown, Staples), undergrad at UPenn, masters from Edinburgh, Scotland. I'm ABR and GRI certified, and hold a broker's license in real estate, as well as a provisional appraiser license. Additionally, I am the exclusive agent for CCO Habitats - a HOBI award winning building company which regularly offers new construction homes as well as renovated homes to the market in Westport. In my 20 plus years of selling homes, I've learned many things - among them - the customer is not always right. Nor am I. However, if we work together we have a much better chance of being correct and either getting your home sold or finding the home that best suits your needs. Yes, I'm outspoken and opinionated. But anyone with a license can open a door - wouldn't you rather have doors opened by someone who actually tells you the truth and is willing to put her years of experience and knowledge into working 24/7 for you to help you understand what you're getting into? You may not always like what you hear, and there are no crystal balls in this business. But I believe an informed decision is always better. Hopefully you do too! As a yearly winner of the Connecticut Five Star Realtor award and frequently repeated recipient of customer service awards indicate; my priority is you, my client, and my clients appreciate it. Put my local knowledge, professional skills, ethics and dedication to work for you - give me a call 203.984.5157.