Ask the Experts: How to Brighten Up a Dark Room
Q: My den doesn’t get much natural light, but I want to make it feel more inviting. Are there any tricks I can use to brighten it up without repainting the whole room? -Linda, Plantsville, CT
A: Absolutely! Your first step is to invest in some lighting fixtures. Consider a mix of small table lamps and floor lamps with soft white colored bulbs—although you want to add light, you won’t want it to feel sterile and uninviting.
Next, try reflecting the light to get the most from your decorating dollars. Experiment with different wall mirrors, standing mirrors and reflective fixtures to help distribute your natural and artificial light. To maximize the sunlight in your room, extend curtain rods beyond window frames, since this will let the most light in.
And lastly, when choosing curtains, opt for light colored flowing fabric. Lighter hues will open up your space and the flowing material will give the room a brighter, breezier feel.
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