Painting and Design Ideas for a Dark Room

making dark rooms brightHave you ever been frustrated by a room that has no natural light? Suddenly the importance of windows becomes incredibly clear. Maybe your room is a finished portion of the attic, a den in the basement, or maybe just a back room that strangely enough was built without a window.

But, at the same time, you know that the space has a lot of potential… So, what do you do?

The easy answer is to install windows, but whether for budget reasons or maybe because your home is a rental, that might not be possible.

 How Do You Make a Dark Room Light?

While there is not a perfect substitute for sunlight, there are a variety of things you can try that will make your darker room very bright and comfortable. Here are a few to consider:

  • Strategic lighting – Choosing all the right light in all the right places can brighten your dark room. Avoid simply installing an overhead as that realistically won’t reach all the corners, and in fact accentuates the dark by creating such an isolated pocket of light. Try track lighting; the benefit being that you can adjust where they point, or aim individual lights in all different directions to spread it out evenly.
  • Paint bright colors – Avoid dark colors, even if they look amazing on the swatch at the paint store. Remember that what is even slightly dark in natural light will be extremely dark in a space with no windows. Focus on lighter, neutral colors that will reflect the light well rather than simply soak it up (which is exactly what dark colors do).
  • Mirror it! – Reflective decorations are also a good idea in a lot of settings. Bouncing the light that is available creates the illusion that your room is brighter (and sometimes even larger!) than it actually is.
  • Fake a window – It can create a really cool look if you find an old window that is either stained glass or maybe has frosted panes, then wire small LED lights behind it. It glows brightly, and psychologically works similarly to a real window.

 Could You Use the Help of a Professional Painter?

At DeVuono Painting, we are ready and waiting to help you with your next interior painting project. We understand how important a bright space is, especially as we move into a season of shorter days!

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