How to Brighten Up Any Room


Is there a room in your home that’s just a little too dark? If so, you’re probably looking for ways to change that. Adding more light to a room can help to change the entire atmosphere and breathe some fresh life into any room. Best of all, there are plenty of ways that you can go about doing this, so you’re sure to find a method that works for your room.

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Add Overhead Lighting

One option you can try is installing some overhead lights. These are lights that you’ll install into the ceiling, that will then add light to the entire room. Adding lights to the ceiling is a great option if you need a lot of light, and if you don’t have the space around the room for other lighting fixtures. When installing lights overhead, you have two main options.

First, you could wire the lights to your home’s existing electrical system. This typically requires a bit more work, as you’ll have to run the wires through the ceiling and walls. If you don’t know how to do this, it’s a job better left to the professionals, as working with electricity is dangerous. Your other option are lights that attach to your ceiling and get plugged into an outlet. If you don’t mind running a wire along your ceiling and walls, and if you have an available outlet, this is a quick fix for adding more light to a room.

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Plug in Some Lamps

Next, you could go with a much simpler option and just plug in some lamps. Lamps are great when you want to add light to a room, particularly in one corner of a room. There are a ton of different lamps you can get, from tall standing ones to small ones that sit on a table or desk. When picking out a lamp, you’ll want to think about how much light you need, and where the lamp will go. You’ll also want to think about what kind of bulbs you can put into that lamp, as different bulbs will provide you with different levels of light.


Change the Windows

Once you’ve considered all the artificial light options, the next thing you should look at is your natural light options. A great thing you can do is either install some larger windows or install windows in a location that will allow in more light. Installing new windows is a major project, but the results can be amazing. Take some time to think about which sides of your home receive the most light, and whether installing new windows (or different windows) in that specific room would help.

If you don’t want to install new windows altogether, consider how you decorate them instead. For example, if you currently have blinds on your windows that are of a dark color, try swapping them out for something lighter. Lighter blinds will still help to block view from the outside, but they will let in some more light. You can also do the same thing for any curtains you may have.

The key is to think about how your current windows are impacting the light levels in that room and if there’s anything you can do to improve it. While overhead lights and lamps are great, there’s nothing quite like natural light to brighten up a room. Not only that, but you can save some money on energy bills each month by opting for natural light vs artificial.


A New Paint Color

Finally, the last thing you consider is a new paint color. You may not realize it, but your room’s color plays a large role in determining how bright the room feels. Lighter colors will bounce off more light and will therefore help to brighten the room. If your room is currently painted in a darker color, consider switching it for something lighter.

Painting a room is a big job, but if you have a spare weekend you can get it done. If you don’t have the time or ability to paint, you can always call in some house painters like Either way, once you paint the room a lighter color, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in how bright the room feels.

Don’t Settle for a Dark Room

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to brighten a room. Dark rooms have a way of dragging us down, so don’t settle for this if you don’t have to. Consider your natural light options, add in some artificial lights if you need to, and then think about the color of the room. If you can do this, you should be able to find a plan that works for you. Thanks to Sheldon White for collaborating!


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