Home Feel Dark? Here are Tips to Brighten It Up

tips to keep your home from feeling dark

Does your home feel dark? We are getting to the time of the year when the seasons are swiftly changing and the days are shorter so it is expected. The areas of your house that used to be full of life now suck the energy right out of you. Now, all you want to do is hide under a blanket, eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. The good news is that we have the perfect tips that will brighten your home back up! Let’s work on bringing some light back into your life. 

Tip #1: Hunt for the Sunshine

First things first, let’s track down the rooms that receive the most sunshine. South and East-facing windows bask in sunlight, while the North windows are unfortunately not that lucky. Taking stock of the areas in your home that don’t get as much light will help you as you embark on your journey to lighten these areas up. 

An all white room with modern decor and natural sunlight flooding through the floor to ceiling windows.

Tip #2: Paint Your Way to Radiance

When you notice the darkness creeping in, your first instinct may be to grab light-colored paint. We know that light-colored paint is a great step in brightening up a room. However, there is more than just color to consider. 

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It is crucial to avoid flat paint. They soak up all the light, making your home feel dark. Two options we couldn’t recommend more are eggshell sheen or satin. For starters, eggshell easily makes your space feel brighter. You’ll walk into those darker rooms and feel rejuvenated instead of drained. As for satin walls, they do an excellent job of reflecting light. It is important to note that you should not go overboard on satin because your home will turn into a shiny spectacle, which is best avoided! 

Tip #3: Selecting Design Elements

As you think of chic interior design, especially when it comes to flooring, you are probably under the impression that dark is best. Although, they can cast a shadow over your entire space. Thus, it makes your home feel dark. A great way to balance out the darkness is to incorporate some light-colored area rugs. They will add dimension while brightening up the room. 

A modern office with a desk and two chairs and three windows.
Nantucket™ Window Shades

Last but not least, when it comes to design elements, one aspect is very important: It is wall decor. Do not underestimate the power of a well-placed mirror. It will catch the nearby light and reflect it across the room, giving the vibe of a warm and light space.

Tip #4: The Power of Light 

If you are determining the rooms in your house that get the most and the least amount of light, you may have noticed that even East and South-facing rooms can create “dark zones.” Who knew that the idea of light can make your home feel dark? It’s a thing! East and South-facing rooms are flooded with light, creating dark “zones” in your house. Fortunately, it is easy to combat this with window treatments. This is because they effortlessly allow you to customize the way sunlight enters your home. 

Sheer Shades

Sheer shades are ideal if you wish to filter the natural light and establish a soft, glowing atmosphere. There are some options that even allow you to directionally control the vanes. Thus, giving you the power to adjust how light enters. How great is that?

Pirouette Shades in an office with a white rug, modern desk and a brightly-colored desk.
Pirouette® Shades

Smart Shades

Picture it. You’re sitting down to watch a movie on a peaceful Saturday spent inside. Suddenly, the sun hits and your living room is flooded with those harsh sun rays. It has you rushing to grab your sunglasses–or anything to prevent the sun from coming in. You grab the remote for your remote control blinds. They’re a great way to keep the bright light at bay. 

remote control blinds instantly adjust the shades

Dual Shades

Do you want to filter the light and enjoy your scenic views at the same time? Try dual shades. They also provide flexibility to lower a secondary blackout shade when you want privacy. 

Silhouette® Shades covering windows with a plush, velvet couch and a floor lamp.
Silhouette® Shades

Tip #5: Bring Us In

Does your home feel dark? Our team of experts at Night & Day Decor is geared up and ready to help you. Say goodbye to the struggle of filtering natural light and getting rid of those dark rooms. Schedule a FREE consultation with us today and let’s get started!