Living in what feels like more of a cave than a home? Nothing can take the life out of your room quite like perpetual dimness—nobody wants to spend time in a dark room. Bringing in light will make your room feel cozier and more homey instantly. So if you’re struggling trying to figure out how to add more light to a room, this is just for you.
How to Add More Light to a Room
Even adding a small window to a room will brighten it up significantly. Depending on the size and shape of your new window, you can transform the room’s whole atmosphere, in regards to both lighting and design. And windows offer a dual benefit: they will bring in more natural light, and they will open up a room and make it feel larger. You’ll want to consider which wall you’re installing your new windows on, though—say, if it’s the east wall in the kitchen, you might be bringing in too much light during breakfast time. And don’t forget about skylights—these are another window-like option you may be interested in.
Add glass doors.
Similar to windows, glass doors bring in that dual benefit as well. Homeowners often think to add these types of doors to the exterior, but another good idea is to add glass doors (French doors) to your interior rooms. This will bring even more light into your home. And if you’re worried about privacy, frosted or tinted glass will take care of that without sacrificing the light.
Install more lighting.
OK, this one might be a given, but you also want to think about the kind of lighting you’re after. A single, central lighting fixture (like a fan light) may seem convenient, but if you’re trying to bring light throughout your room, it isn’t as effective as other options. Get creative here—you can install hanging pendant lights, rows of recessed fixtures in your ceiling, even under-the-cabinet lights in your kitchen.
Rethink your paint colors.
If you’re in an already dark room, going with dark purple or navy walls isn’t the best option. Try a shade in light gray or brown, mushroom, or off-white to lighten up the area. Another factor you’ll want to consider is your paint color’s warmth. Cooler paint colors can make a dark room feel darker, while warmer hues create the impression of light.
If you’re renting, in a shared building, or on a budget and you can’t make any major changes to your home, you still have options:
- Swap out your blinds or thick curtains for thin, more translucent ones—you’ll keep your privacy while adding light.
- When you buy new lightbulbs, buy ones with higher wattages.
- Decorate with mirrors to help reflect the light back into the room.
- Add lamps—lots of lamps. Vary the height (use both floor and table lamps), and consider varying the wattage. This will create a balanced and cozy atmosphere.
Needing to brighten up a dark room? If this cave of yours is in southwest Missouri, consider calling the Bailey Company for help. We’ve provided high-quality, trustworthy work to the area for over four decades. Feel free to contact us with this or any building or maintenance project, and we’ll work with you to achieve your results. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.