How To Brighten A Room With These 5 Easy Tips!

by Ashley

How Do You Make A Dark Room Look Brighter?

These 5 easy tips will help you to brighten a dark room without taking on any major renovation projects, or breaking the bank!  Have you ever wondered what colors brighten up a dark room? Even if you’re working with a room that has no windows or no natural light, there are still was that you can make a room appear bright through decorative changes.

5 ways to brighten a dark room

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I don’t know about you but I am all about the light and airy spaces when it comes to decorating my home. Give me all the bright whites, neutral textures and natural light! It just makes my heart happy to be in a bright and cheerful space.  However, this can be easier said than done which is why I decided to write this post on how to brighten dark a room!

I thought that I would share my top 5 tips on how to brighten a room, or ANY space! Even if you are working with a room with no windows, and no natural light, there are still things you can do to brighten things up.

To see my favorite ways to lighten and brighten, keep reading!

1) Brighten A Room With Window Treatments

Using natural light from a living room window to brighten the room

Have you ever wondered: how can I get more light in my dark room? This might be an obvious answer, but the #1 thing you can do to brighten a room in your home is let the natural light in! I like to decorate with light colored curtains because I love the way the light pours through them creating a soft glow.

My favorite curtains for general living spaces are these simple white cotton curtains from Amazon. Really, any white cotton curtain will give you this same effect. You could even go with a light grey or beige color – anything that is light and neutral that will let the light through.

If your room doesn’t have windows, don’t worry.  The rest of the tips will still brighten a room!

Using Natural Light In Bedrooms

Using natural light to brighten a bedroom

In the bedrooms, I like to use a blackout style curtain to help keep light out when we are trying to sleep. I know what you’re thinking, keeping light out is the exact opposite of what I just said. But here’s what I do to brighten the bedrooms during the day.

Layer the thick heavy blackout curtains (still in a white or light color) with a sheer curtain behind them. That way during the day when the blackout curtain is drawn back, the light will pour in through the sheers giving that same soft glow effect that I mentioned earlier. These blackout curtains from Amazon would work great for this.

natural light from a window pouring in to brighten a bedroom

2) Brighten A Room With Paint

a hand holding a paint brush with white paint on it

Paint is a fairly cheap and easy way to brighten a room in a huge way. Painting your walls white or off-white automatically makes a dark room feel more open and bright, especially if you are working with a space that has no windows or little to no natural lighting.

Another thing I love about neutral colored walls is the blank backdrop it creates to showcase my decor and make it stand out. This is a great way to make a space feel open and airy.

When it comes to choosing the right color, it can be overwhelming! Who knew there were so many different shades of white to choose from! My personal favorite whites for interior walls are Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, and Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster.  To learn more about paint colors, I wrote an entire blog post detailing everything you need to know to choosing the perfect color of white paint.

In our home, I ended up choosing Benjamin Moore’s White dove because I wanted a warm off-white with a slight grey undertone. So far I am loving how much brighter our home looks!

how to brighten a dark living room before and after pictures

3) Brighten A Room With Rugs

This is a fairly simple tip, but can make all the difference! Rugs are a great way to not only add texture and interest to a room, but they can also help brighten up a dark room. Like paint, light neutral colored rugs are a great way to brighten a room that has no windows or limited natural light.

There are so many options for beautiful rugs out there and they are offered at all different price points.

I’ve added clickable images to my 3 favorite rugs on Amazon below:


Below is an example of how I used a light colored rug to balance out the dark accent wall in our master.

a light and bright master bedroom

4) Brighten A Room With Mirrors

Mirror on a living room wall to brighten the room

I LOVE decorating with mirrors. They make for easy decor pieces and are an easy way to brighten dark a room. As an added benefit, mirrors can help to open up small spaces. Mirrors make such a big difference in brightening a dark room because they amplify and reflect natural light. A well placed mirror is sure to make a room feel brighter.  Try positioning it directly across from a window or on an adjacent wall.

If you follow the other tips on this page, you can use a mirror to reflect images of white walls, curtains and  light rugs! This will add interest and brightness all at once. Below, I’ve listed clickable images of my three favorite mirrors available on Amazon.

5) Brighten A Room With Decor

Bedroom with a plant in the corner and light pouring in from the window

The last tip is my favorite because it’s the most fun! Adding neutral decor to a room will help to give it a bright and light feel. Try looking for classic pieces that will stand the test of time so that they do not need to be replaced each season.  This will help to make the most of your decor budget.

Think outside the box and look for different textures to keep the space interesting. Clear glass and white porcelain are timeless pieces that will surly help to brighten a dark room! Ultimately, decorating is a way to express YOUR style so have some fun with it! Below are a few examples of how I have used neutral decor in our home.

bright kitchen with mason jars on the countertop

open shelving with bright decor

framed prints on an open shelf on a white wall

wall hanging shelfs with light bright decor on a white wall

That’s it! Those are my top 5 tips on how to brighten up ANY space. Thanks so much for reading along!

Do you have any other tips for brightening a dark room? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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Rochelle April 14, 2017 - 7:37 am

Where did you find those pretty white black out curtains? I am going to be updating the girls room next week (bunk beds arriving today!) and I was just thinking that I need black out curtains for better sleep during the summer.

Ashley April 14, 2017 - 11:17 am

The exact ones I have are no longer available 🙁 But I just added a link to some Amazon ones in the post! I like using Amazon in case they don’t turn out exactly how you want since they have such an easy return process 🙂

Jen Lauro April 14, 2017 - 10:05 am

What a great post! Loved all of the these tips and your house is beautiful. You are doing a wonderful job!!!

Ashley April 14, 2017 - 11:18 am

Thank you so much! 🙂

Megan April 18, 2017 - 12:42 pm

All really great ideas. Those white curtains from IKEA are my favorite – I have a bunch of them in our house! 🙂


Morgan April 20, 2017 - 12:51 pm

I have that same round mirror from Target in my girls bathroom!!

Ashley April 20, 2017 - 4:55 pm

Don’t you love it?! I think I might get another to use as a bathroom mirror too 🙂


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