How to lighten a very dark room

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We have just moved into assisted living and the house is very dark inside, we have lights on nearly all the time even in summer. Also my furniture is antique dark wood which we can't change for the foreseeable future. I would love any ideas, please, on how on how we can brighten it up.
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  • Debi53 Debi53 on Jun 19, 2015
    Are you able to paint the walls? If so, I would go with bright white. I am not usually a fan of white walls, but it will give the brightest look. Also, consider simple white blinds & sheers instead of heavy drapes. Another possibility is to cover the glass in your windows with privacy widow film. This can be found at any home improvement store & just requires scissors & water to stick it to the windows & is removable. This will give privacy, but let in light. You could also leave a portion of the top of the window without the privacy film to let in more light & have a view. Mirrors hung on walls where they reflect the windows also help to brighten a space. Light color slipcovers or even light colored pillows on furniture and reducing knickknacks helps. Use white linens (towels, bath rugs, bedspreads, placemats, etc.) Also, try having negative space--space where there is just nothing. In other words, don't fill every corner & wall with something. Just having some negative space especially if you have light colored walls helps to lighten the room. Best of luck.
  • Barb Barb on Jun 20, 2015
    Paint the walls of you can and hang mirrors where they can reflect the light from windows. Maybe light slipcovers or throws on the furniture would help as well. Good luck!
  • Becky Greenwald Becky Greenwald on Jun 20, 2015
    Higher wattage light bulbs plus the good ideas here.
  • Carol Shier Carol Shier on Jun 20, 2015
    Go with bright colored throw pillows, area rugs also. Glass and mirrors are helpful. Use white where ever you can.
  • Ginger the farm gal Ginger the farm gal on Jun 22, 2015
    Try so clear or LED christmas lights around the wall, I did this in my kitchen, when I don't want the over head on but just a little accent light for a cherry feeling. Many blessings in your new abode, and enjoy everyday :)
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jun 23, 2015
    I had the same problem in a condo which had only one tall skinny window which faced north so we had very little light.I painted the walls white white, made sure my furniture throws were white. Get a very light throw rug and throw pillows can add color. If you have any item which can be used as an end table get two end table lights. They add ambiance and light up a room where you need the light. Good luck on your transition into your new abode. It won't cost much to lighten the room....just look for thrift store bargains if you can. And mirrors are great on the walls....get non matching frames ...it adds character as well as reflecting light. Cheryl Taylor......West Jordan, UT