It drives you crazy: That one room in your home that has so much potential to be a cozy spot, but it’s just too dim or too bland to draw your family to spend much time in it.
So, how do you take a could-be-cozy spot and turn it into the family’s favorite room? Try these five simple steps to brighten up a room, and see what happens!
1. Paint Purposefully
Did you know that colors can literally affect your mood? It’s scientifically proven!
Even hospital and prison architects are aware of this, so they choose paint colors that promote healing, wellness, and calm. That’s why painting purposefully is one of the top ways to brighten a room and entice your family to enter.
It may be helpful to first think of what type of mood you want friends or family to feel when they spend time in that particular room. For instance, do you want them to feel calm, relaxed, and comfortable? Try painting a wall a soft blue. If you’d rather it be a lively room for laughing and fun, however, choose a paint shade of creamy yellow or mustard.
Whatever you choose, freshening up a room with a new coat of paint is a surefire way to brighten it fast.
2. Jazz up the Floor
Surprised by this one? Don’t be.
Just think about it: Would the Siena Cathedral be quite as remarkable without the stunning inlaid marble under your feet?
Customizing your floor is a fun way to make a room unique and to give it a little extra something. Distinctive patterns, decorative inlays, and varying types of hardwood are all ways to draw the eye and create interest in a room.
Especially when it comes to hardwood, having unique and beautiful flooring will set the tone of a room and make it a more lively place to enjoy.
3. Add Mirrors
This may seem obvious, but what do mirrors do? They reflect light!
There’s no doubt that adding a few tastefully placed mirrors to a wall brightens up a room quickly. Not only do mirrors brighten a room for you, but they also have the added benefit of making rooms seem larger.
By helping to expand the space, mirrors can make a room more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable.
4. Update Your Decor
Sometimes adding something as simple as a colorful rug or throw pillow can work miracles for a space.
If the room you’re worried about needs some brightening, bring in some lamps to add class, interest, and (literal!) brightness to a room.
A carefully selected accent piece like a chair can do wonders for adding appeal to a less-than-charming room. It’s also a cheap and easy way to brighten a room that requires much less labor on your part.
5. Tidy Up
Less can truly be more when it comes to making a room bright and refreshing. For instance, getting rid of unneeded clutter helps a room feel more spacious and calming. And de-cluttering serves to make a room feel larger.
It’s helpful to do a truly thorough tidying by getting your carpets cleaned. Sometimes a room’s dinginess is merely the result of too much foot-traffic dirtying up the floors.
Final Thoughts on Brightening up a Room
Now that you’ve got some killer ideas on how to brighten the rooms in your home, why not start with the kitchen? Kitchens are often focal rooms homes and families in southeastern Wisconsin and Illinois, so starting there makes great sense. Begin by choosing the flooring that is best for your lifestyle, tastes, and needs, and keep going from there.
And if you’re long on inspiration but short on ideas, check out our blog. We’ve got some great ideas on making your kitchen a dream space too.