A lack of natural light can make a space feel drab, whether it’s a windowless bathroom or a north-facing bedroom.
But major renovations are expensive and inconvenient. And if you’re a renter, this option is probably off the table.
If you live in an area with lots of gray days, lack of natural light can start to take a toll on your mental and physical health. That’s why it just makes sense to brighten up indoor spaces.
There’s a reason we feel uplifted when sunlight comes flooding through a window. Visible light helps our bodies regulate hormones that impact our mood, sleep, digestion, and alertness.
Lots of things can block the amount of light that comes into a space. It could be small windows (or no windows). Awnings and decks can overhang a window and block light. So can the foliage of a large tree in the yard—or a tall building nearby.
If your space feels dark or cramped and it’s not possible to install a window or skylight, not to worry! There are lots of budget-friendly ways to brighten up a room—like sprucing up an unframed mirror with a light-reflecting metallic frame, or adding color to wall art with a paintable frame.
Interior designers are masters at playing with color, texture, and furniture placement to maximize the amount of light in a space. But you don’t need to hire a pro to make a room feel more comfortable and inviting.
Keep reading for easy-to-apply tips to brighten a dark room. Learn how to balance out moody colors, use reflective surfaces to your advantage, and more.