Do you notice you always feel dark and dreary in your home? If you feel down in the dumps because you live in a dark and dreary home, then maybe you can put your finger on why you’re always depressed in your own home.
And there’s science behind our reliance on light. Sunlight enhances the brain’s production of serotonin, one of the feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain.
If you’re ready to improve your wellbeing, here’s how to brighten a dark room.
Keep Windows Wide
The best way to let light in is to use as much natural sunlight as possible. The easiest way to let sunlight in is through your windows. Keep the windows larger than life. Refrain from using blinds or curtains during the day.
You should also take all large or tall furniture and décor pieces away from the windows. This can block the light, reducing its impact.
For a bonus tip, move your largest furniture and décor pieces on the opposite side of the windows. This way, there’s nothing standing in the way of the sunlight.
Open the Windows
If you really want to let light in, skip the sheers and just open the windows.
So much sunlight will come pouring into your home. Your house will be illuminated and the warmth will grace your whole room. You’ll also smell fresh air constantly and you’ll feel like you’re outside.
Only Use Sheer Curtains
While lots of sunlight helps brighten up your room, it can also warm up your room. If you want the sun’s rays without the warmth, invest in sheer curtains.
The sun will still illuminate your room but without the added heat.
But make sure the color isn’t the only thing that’s sheer. Thick curtains may look sheer but will still block the sunlight. Thick curtains also create a yellow-hue and not the bright sunlight you want.
Buy Bright, White Bulbs
If your house doesn’t have large windows, you may think an extra lamp or two will help light up your home. But if you’re using yellow bulbs, this will make your house look dull.
Instead, buy white bulbs. The white light not only illuminates your room but mimics natural sunlight.
For specifics, choose white LED bulbs. LED, or light-emitting diode, produces a more powerful light compared to other light bulbs. They are also long-wearing and save energy and money.
Buy White or Light Furniture
Lighting up your house doesn’t only require lighting and open windows. The furniture and décor you choose contribute to your home’s illuminance. Choose white or light-colored furniture. Dark furniture creates a dreary mood.
For inspiration, look for cream-colored couches, white tables, and other décor items such as a white bookcase.
Don’t forget to brighten up your kitchen. Repaint your cabinets, add in extra lighting, repaint the walls, add new flooring, buy white chairs and stools, choose lighter countertops, and even install some new and brighter appliances.
Unfortunately, some of these upgrades can get expensive, such as installing new appliances and knowing the granite countertops cost. Only do kitchen upgrades that fit into your budget.
You can always opt to buy smaller décor pieces. A white rug can do wonders for a room.
Decorate With Mirrors
Mirrors are an important aspect of décor.
They make your room seem a little larger and they ensure you’re always looking great! But mirrors serve a vital purpose when you’re trying to add in more light. Mirrors reflect light so natural light bounces all over your room.
Where do you place your mirrors? Place the biggest mirrors in the darkest areas of the room. Place smaller mirrors near the light source. But not too close! When light reflects too strongly off mirrors, it could hinder your vision.
Repaint the House
If you try all of these suggestions and they don’t work, the color of your walls may have something to do with it.
Darker walls make a room look darker and depressing – no matter how much light is in your room. If this is the case, replace the wallpaper or repaint your room altogether.
White paint is ideal, but white can also make a room look bland. For an edgier color that boasts the same appeal, try a light grey or silver.
When Was the Last Time You Cleaned?
So you changed your bulbs, got rid of your blackout curtains, replaced the furniture, painted the walls, and your room still looks like a haunted house? Well, when was the last time you cleaned?
Ha! We got you!
But seriously, a thorough cleaning is more than necessary for your health. Extra junk can block any excess sunlight. And when light shines into your home, it illuminates the dirt and dust covering your home. Yuck!
Take a day and deep clean the whole house. Dust every piece of furniture and décor in your home. Make it a habit to wipe down all furniture.
Add Flowers and Plants
Flowers and plants offer more than a nice fragrance and a nice appeal. They help freshen and brighten up a home, and can overall make you happier.
Growing a garden is also a good excuse to make you go outside more. Plants and flowers need sunlight and regular maintenance, so expect to be outside daily when you start gardening.
If you live in an apartment, condo or townhouse, you still have options. Plant single-cup flowers and plants and display them on your patio.
You can also keep houseplants inside. Certain plants don’t need as much sunlight – just some water for hydration.
Now You Know How to Brighten a Dark Room
From the curtains to the flowers, there are many ways to let more light into your life. Sunlight helps boost our mood and mental health. For starters, you should know how to brighten a dark room.
For more advice on living a healthy lifestyle, continue reading our blog.