Fight the Darkness With These Lighting Tricks

No matter how great it is otherwise, a room with poor lighting can never reach its full potential. Ask yourself, do you need to move a lamp over to your seat if you want to read? This is a sure sign that your space needs a lighting renovation! In addition to being more convenient, a well lit room will make colors pop, raise your mood, and make cleaning much easier. If you'd like to strike back against the darkness, keep reading to learn about simple lighting tricks that can quickly brighten any room!

Start at the Source

We're sure you've already done this, but it can't hurt to ask: have you tried switching to brighter light bulbs? The most direct way to brighten a room is to add more light, so try replacing your current bulbs with higher-lumen alternatives. Also, don't judge a bulb on its wattage. Old incandescent bulbs may say 60 watts, but this is a measure of electrical energy used, not brightness. On the other hand, LED bulbs may only use 8 or 9 watts while still being brighter than the alternative because they are far more energy efficient. LEDs may be more expensive up front, but they will almost always pay for themselves through longevity and energy savings.

Think Outside the Box

LEDs also provide you with great options for placing lights in otherwise unusable spots in the room. For instance, run rope or tape lighting along the ceiling or floor in order to provide a consistent, unobtrusive source of light without installing new fixtures.

Look in the Mirror

In a room with limited light, one of the simplest ways to increase brightness is to add reflective surfaces. These will help scatter light rays into more areas of the room, rather than have them illuminate just one spot. While wall mirrors always work well, you can also consider mirrored accessories or even furniture if the design works in your space.

No Window? No Problem.

Obviously, lighting problems are more prone to occur in areas with no natural light, such as in the basement. In these cases, the entire room can be brightened and opened up by installing a false window! This might seem like a difficult task, but it doesn't have to be; the internet is filled with ways to build your own!

Lighten Up the Shades

If your room does have windows, try using the lightest shades possible that still provide you with privacy. Sheer fabric and warm colors can help diffuse light throughout the room, making it seem sunnier than it would otherwise.

You Don't Need a Whiteout

One of the first ideas that occurs to people who want to brighten a room is to paint everything white. While this line of thinking isn't necessarily wrong (light colors reflect more light than dark ones), it can hurt if you go overboard. Making everything in a room white can leave it looking flat and dull. Try using light neutral tones or warm colors to brighten without getting drab.

Compare and Contrast

Although it helps for large surfaces like the walls to be a light color, don't make the whole room pale. By adding dark, rich, or bold furniture, you can create contrast within the room. This will make the rest of the space seem brighter in comparison.

Source: 7 Surprisingly Genius Lighting Tricks to Brighten a Dark Home

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