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9 Ways to Brighten a Dark Home

May 24 2015 - 10:10am

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

OK, so maybe white paint is a no-brainer for perking up gloomy interiors, but picking the right white? Easier said than done. Luckily, designer Amber Lewis has a list of her favorite white paints [1].

Source: Domino [2]

Warm-Weather Art

Hanging images that depict the perfect beach or pool day can make your space feel instantly brighter — even if it's overcast. You can find the photo of the girl in the pink swimsuit at The Tappan Collective [3]!

Source: Domino [4]

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.

Source: Domino [5]


Before you go crazy with the warm-weather art, make sure you save some room for mirrors. They can visually expand a room and also reflect light, making any space feel bigger and brighter.

Source: Brittany Ambridge via Domino [6]

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.

Photo by Sarah Sherman Samuel via Smitten Studio [7]


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

Source: Domino [8]

Painted Ceiling

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

Source: Melissa Oholendt [9] via Emily Henderson [10]

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.

Source: Domino [11]

Metallic Accents

A little sparkle can go a long way. We love how these these hanging candlestick pendant lamps [12] ($60) brighten the dining room.

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