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A Common Mistake When Trying to “Brighten” A Dark Room

One of the most difficult problems to solve is brightening a dark room.

 

Dark rooms are no fun – trust me, nothing bugs me more than a windowless, dark, and drab room. I am a HUGE proponent of brightening up dark rooms so long as it is done right. As we all know, there is a big difference between the right and wrong way of doing something and brightening your room is no exception.

 

The obvious fix to a dark room is to add natural light. In my opinion, this is the absolute best way to brighten a room – but some people don’t have the luxury of adding a window to the room. This dilemma is usually the catalyst to what I believe is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in “brightening” your room.

 

Enter, the “whiteout”.

 

Yes, the “whiteout”. This is what I coin the dilemma of a home owner overcompensating the dark, bland room with an overwhelming amount of white.

 

White walls. White carpet. White furniture. Mirrors that reflect more white. White pillows. Blankets… the list goes on and on.

 

So what am I getting at? 

 

If you find yourself needing to brighten a dark room with no windows, try to brighten it up with white. That being said, make sure to keep a good amount of contrast so that you don’t have too much white, leaving you with a dull room.

 

If you want white walls, stick to darker furniture and window treatments.

 

Want to leave the walls darker? Add in lighter and brighter furniture and decor.

 

The “right” amount of contrast varies based on who you are talking to. With that in mind, find the right amount for you and get brightening!

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