Quick Tips to Make A Room Feel Brighter and Cheerier

Quick Tips to Make A Room Feel Brighter and Cheerier

Many factors affect the way a room feels, and how you feel when you’re in it. One of the most significant factors is how well-lit and bright the space feels. More light and brightness generally makes a room livelier and happier, and even makes it seem more spacious. So, here are some tips to make a room feel brighter and cheerier, so that you, your family, and your guests will be the same.

How to Brighten Up a Room

  • Use light fixtures that give off ambient light, rather than focused spotlights.
  • Don’t block any of the windows with furniture or décor items, or obstruct them as minimally as possible if you’re short on wall space.
  • Keep the blinds, curtains, drapes, or shades open.
  • Mount a mirror on the wall where it reflects natural light (or artificial light if that’s easier in the space). It’ll even make the room feel bigger.
  • Clean your windows regularly—inside and out—to maximize the bright light that comes in from outside.
  • Trim foliage outside if it’s preventing sunlight from getting in through the window.
  • Paint the walls a bright, light color.
  • Replace darker-colored furnishings and décor with paler, brighter colors.
  • Give older, dull-looking furniture a coat of fresh paint.
  • Use sunny color like red, orange, or yellow as accent colors in the room.
  • Add some shiny metallic elements to the room’s décor.
  • Place live plants in the room to create a brighter, cheerier, more natural atmosphere.
  • Light candles at night.
  • And, for one of the less obvious tips to make a room feel brighter and cheerier, don’t let the room get cluttered, as this creates a darker, more closed in, more chaotic, more stressful environment.

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Leonard Riforgiato is a successful furniture manufacturing entrepreneur, a Miami resident, and co-owner of legacy furniture company Heywood-Wakefield.

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