8 Ways to Brighten a Dark Home

Not every home is flooded with natural light, but luckily, these decorating tricks can make a huge difference. No demolition necessary — it's all about optical illusions that add instant brightness!

White Paint

White paint not only can perking up gloomy interiors, it can also make people feel calm.

Warm-Weather Art

Hanging images that depict the perfect beach or pool day can make your space feel instantly brighter.

Open Shelves


Open shelves can add depth to a small kitchen. If you're going to try this look, make sure to purge any dinnerware or glassware that you don't want on display. This look favors simplicity.


 Mirrors can visually expand a room and also reflect light, making any space feel bigger and brighter.

White Subway Tiles

There is a reason these old-fashioned classics are still in vogue — clean and linear, subway tiles also have a glossy, reflective finish that adds light. They're miracle workers for dark kitchens and bathrooms! For a more graphic, old-school feel, try using gray grout.


Clutter only intensifies the cave-like effect of a dark room. Look for stylish storage solutions that can help keep clutter at bay.

Painted Ceiling

There's nothing more looming than a dark, depressing ceiling. Fake the vaulted-ceiling feel by painting it a bright white.

Acrylic Accessories


Acrylic furniture is a brilliant option for small or dark spaces, because it doesn't take up much visual weight. We love how this acrylic table lends a floating effect to the accessories it's holding.

 Content courtesy of POPSUGAR

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