3 Dark room ideas to try

by Jennifer L. Stroh Viescas 10/02/2022

If you’re in need of dark room ideas, there are plenty of options for lighting up a space. Whether a space has obstructed windows or no windows at all, there are design secrets you can use to bring light inside. Here are some tips to brighten a dark room:

Reflect light with mirrors

Decorating with mirrors is a tried-and-true strategy for increasing the amount of natural light in a space. Using a mirror is especially helpful for rooms with awkwardly placed windows or very limited light sources.

By reflecting light around the room with mirrors, you can make the entire space seem brighter. Try experimenting with different shapes and sizes of mirrors, or consider creating a mirrored gallery wall.

Create layered lighting

Layered lighting is a key concept in interior design and one that can significantly help dark rooms. With the perfect balance of ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting, even the darkest rooms can brighten up considerably.

For ambient lighting, try recessed lights or a large floor lamp for soft, diffused illumination. Add task lighting with table lamps to key areas like desks, side tables and vanities.

If you have a specific feature you want to highlight, consider using a spotlight to make it a focal point while also brightening up the room.

Opt for light-colored furniture & walls

Color choice can have a massive impact and make a dark room brighter. If you’re struggling to brighten a room with dark flooring or walls, consider a quick renovation.

White paint on the walls will reflect light much more efficiently than darker shades, and a light area rug can brighten the floor. Try to limit the amount of dark furnishings and accessories in the room to make the most of the available light.

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Jennifer L. Stroh Viescas

I began my real estate career in May 1993.  I learned quickly that there is more to selling homes than just looking at them.  Helping my clients with a life changing decision is my number one priority.  Helping them feel comfortable with all aspects of the transaction, from getting qualified, to viewing homes, to making an offer with all the proper documents, to reviewing any issues on the title commitment and survey, and finally signing closing documents and transferring ownership.  I continue to keep in contact with my clients even after all is said and done at closing.  My clients know that I am always available for all their real estate needs.  When my clients are ready to sell a property, I help them understand all aspects of market conditions, what to expect during the sale process and reassure them that I will handle all concerns of the sale.  I understand that their daily lives are busy, so I want to take on the challenges of the home sale, so the seller is not bothered with the intricate details.  After all, that is why they hired me.