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Is that drab, dark room getting you down as winter drags on and thoughts of spring and brighter days dance in your head?
Perhaps you painted a room the wrong shade of gray. Or you have a room with few or no windows like a basement, hallway, or laundry room. Rooms that face north with no direct sunlight can also present special challenges.

So how do you lighten up your house and celebrate the coming of spring that’s just around the bend? One of the easiest ways is with the right paint colors.

Using Paint Colors to Lighten Up a Room

The current trend of white or shades of off-white paint colors can make a home brighter. However, be careful if you choose this option for a dark room with little natural lighting. In this case, white can come across as stark and cold, while the wrong shade of off-white can look dull and yellow. Be sure and buy samples and paint large swatches of each shade of white. Observe how the colors look at different times of the day.

If you’re searching for the perfect touch of spring, the versatile and whimsical appeal of lavender is especially welcome in low-light rooms. The color can be paired with gray, black, and white and balanced with more-masculine furnishings for an elegant flair. Integrating lavender with bold purples and blues offers a playful style. Or mix with tones of pale blue, taupe, and crème for a subdued look.



What better way to mimic natural light in a room than with sunny yellow walls? Pair this mood boosting color with bright white trim and ceilings and warm wood tones for a classic look. A timeless shade of blue, reminiscent of blue skies and water, will surely lift your spirits. Or a refreshing shade of mint works well for a soft, bright look.

Do those colors seem boring and you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous? Try highly saturated bright colors which create a source of warmth and high energy. For example, shades of orange like apricot, pumpkin, and tangerine can transform a dark room with an ability to glow radiantly with small amounts of sunlight.

bright colors transform a dark room

No matter what paint color you choose, add a crisp bright white ceiling and trip and keep the flooring light and bright. If you have a dark floor, cover with a bright cheerful area rug.

Other Ways to Brighten a Room

Don’t rely on paint alone to brighten a home. Make the most of the natural light that you have by avoiding heavy draperies that block natural light. Artificial lighting with overhead fixtures, track lighting, and lamps will light up those dreary dark corners.

brighten room with mirrors

 

Add a few reflective surfaces like mirrors, glass, and crystal to bounce light around. Choose one or two bright spring colors and incorporate in throw pillows, wall art, and throws for extra pop.
So don’t let these final days of winter get you down. Use these tips to brighten even the darkest room in your home and create a welcoming and cheerful atmosphere for your family.

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