Whether it’s your neighbour’s trees blocking out the run, an awkwardly angled house or even a loft room with minimal windows, dark bedrooms are sometimes an unavoidable part of owning a home. However, as unavoidable as it might be, that doesn’t stop us from wanting to brighten up otherwise dark and gloomy spaces in any way we can. While the right lighting will play a huge part, anything from switching out furniture to cleverly-placed mirrors can really bring a room to life and here, we’ve pulled together some of the top tips from around the decorating world.
Keep Furniture Light
Light-coloured or transparent furniture is a great way to brighten up a room without having to mess with light sources. White furniture can look incredibly modern, especially pops of bold colours around the room as accents via throw cushions, blankets or accessories. Our Atlanta Two-Tone 4ft Slatted Wooden Bed, for example, is not only streamlined in appearance due to its thin but sturdy frame, but the white finish with light wood accents make for a bright and light piece for your room. Compliment the frame with other white or light wood furniture to keep the entire room light and bright.
Have Multiple Light Sources
While a good overhead ceiling light can do wonders for brightening up a room, for truly dark or dim rooms, multiple light sources can really help to lighten up the space completely. In your bedroom, it’s best to have not just a ceiling light, but lamps or sconces, and maybe some fairy lights to help bring a bit of extra light and ambience into the room. Depending on the size of your room, you could also benefit from a floor lamp in a corner of the room or an additional light at your vanity or desk.
While it can seem difficult not to overcrowd small bedrooms, keeping things free of overcrowding and cluttering can really help to brighten up a space. Beds with space underneath help to let light travel around the room, as do vanities and bedside tables that are around 6-10 inches off of the floor. Try and keep surfaces relatively clear and organised too. Clutter can darken up a room or make it feel closed-in – invest in storage solutions that are light, not too bulky but effective to keep things tidy.
Pick Light Colours
If you’re ready to decorate your room, you can help to brighten up a room simply by painting it brighter colours. A white ceiling in particular helps to reflect light around the room more effectively than a darker colour. The walls can be treated in similar ways, but if you want a pop of colour, opt for light hues or pastels for the same effect. You can also add colour to white walls with colourful artwork or accents.
Mirrors are not just for checking how we look – they can also be amazing at amplifying spaces both in size and in brightness. Large mirrors placed opposite windows reflect the natural light back into the room and brighten it up, doubling the effect of however much light it coming in through the window naturally. It can also work for the lights in your room when it’s dark outside. Furniture with mirrored tops also works in a similar way, so get creative!
For more information or inspiration for how to brighten your room and how our beds can help do just that, feel free to get in touch with our team, today.