Tips To Brighten A Dark Room

Tips to Brighten a Dark Room

We have a fully furnished basement suite in our home. As with any living space, every few years the space needs a little uplift with paint, accessories, and sometime furniture to keep it looking new and fresh. 

We decided our focus on the refresh would be to lighten and brighten the space.

If you are working on a similar project, here are a few tips to brighten a room in your basement:

Four Simple Tips to Brighten A Dark Room!

Tips to Brighten A Basement

Paint the Walls White

The best place to start with brightening up a room, especially a room in a basement is with paint! A light colour will reflect light and therefore will not only make the room feel bigger, but also brighter!

The previous colour of the walls was Benjamin Moore Belbua Grey, which is a great warm grey if you want a cozy atmosphere….or for a room with more natural white. We opted to paint the room Benjamin Moore Cloud white. 

Tips to Brighten a Basement Room

Add Mirrors

Mirrors reflect light, so the more mirrors you add the brighter the space will feel. Prior to the refresh, we had a collection of mirrors hanging over the couch. However, we decided to add one by the front door. The placement next to the front door window reflects the exterior light and appears to be another window.

We also added a large floor to ceiling mirror adjacent to the kitchen. The placement of this mirror make the space feel bigger. 

Tips to Brighten A Basement

Use Light Coloured Furniture

Thank you to our wonderful friends, we replaced the dark grey Ikea couch with a light grey couch with chaise lounge. 

Tips to Brighten A Basement White

Layer Lighting

We replaced the ceiling mount light with a track light. You might think, eww, track lighting….but I can tell you, there are some nice track light options available. Also, they really do brighten the space! As the light we used is extremely bright, and we wanted the users of the space to have flexibility with the lighting, we added a dimmer switch.

 

In addition to the track light, I suggest layering multiple lights throughout the space – we included lamps throughout the space. 

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Tips To Brighten A Dark Room

Tips to Brighten a Dark Room

We have a fully furnished basement suite in our home. As with any living space, every few years the space needs a little uplift with

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