How to brighten up a dark room
Decorating a darker, smaller space can be a challenge that all British city-dwellers face at some point in their lives. The good news? There are plenty of decorating hacks that can help open up a room that suffers from a lack of windows.
How to brighten up a dark room with paint color
Don’t immediately turn to white
Contrary to what most people believe, white shouldn’t be the go-to color to brighten up a dark room. Some white paints can actually highlight shadows in a room, making the walls feel flat and drab.
If you do decide to opt for white, choose a white with warm undertones (e.g. pink, yellow, green undertones). Steer clear of cool greys and stark whites when dealing with a room without windows.
Reach for more muted colors
Fact: earthy colors work really well in darker rooms. Browse through our range of Lick paints or read more about the best neutral paint colors for a dark & north-facing room.
Don’t be afraid to go dark
Yes, we know - you’ve been told to avoid dark colors in dark rooms. But, hear us out here! Dark colors absorb the light, which can actually give the illusion of more space by blurring the edges of the walls. When working with a dark room, choose a dark shade with a cool undertone.
Tip: Interested in joining the dark side? Our Lick color consultant recommends the following colors for sumptuous, rich walls: Green 06, Teal 01 green paint, Teal 02 blue paint, Teal 03 paint or Blue 07.
How to brighten up a dark room with decor
While your choice of paint color plays a big part in brightening up a dark room, there are other clever decor tricks that can help. Here are our favourite tried-and-tested decor tips to brighten a room without windows (or with very few windows):
Mirror, mirror on the wall
This is the number one design tip to brighten up a dark room without adding artificial lighting. Add mirrors to the mix and you’ll find that they reflect any trickle of light that makes its way in, instantly making the room look more spacious.