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WAYS TO BRIGHTEN A DARK ROOM

A few quick tricks can breathe life into your home.

If you’re struggling with a space that doesn’t get much natural light, don’t think major renovations are your only option. A few simple decorating tricks can make your home much sunnier in minutes.

NIX THE HEAVY CURTAINS
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ADD METALLICS
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Incorporating shimmery gold or silver accessories is an easy way to transform a dark and dreary space. The simple addition of a metallic mirror, light fixture, piece of artwork, or even a decorative object has a way of reflecting light and making a design scheme feel more luxurious.

TRIM THE TREES BY YOUR WINDOWS
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OPT FOR MATTE, NOT GLOSSY
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SUPPLEMENT YOUR DAYLIGHT
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BE MINDFUL OF PAINTINGS
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PLACE BOOKSHELVES PERPENDICULAR TO WINDOW WALLS
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Bookshelves or partitions should never be parallel to a window, or they’ll obstruct the light. Carefully consider the flow of daylight and how you want to promote it.

OPT FOR A WHITE OR NEUTRAL COLOR SCHEME
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This isn’t the place to try out a moody, dark color palette. Think back to 6th-grade science: The lighter the color of your walls, the more light they’ll reflect. If your walls are neutral, paint the ceiling a shade lighter to help light bounce around the room.
USE SHINY SURFACES TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
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While you don’t want to go glossy on the walls (remember: glare), reflective surfaces can play to your advantage when it comes to bouncing light. For a room with limited sunlight, opt for glimmering items like acrylic accents, translucent furniture, and mirrored surfaces such as reflective coffee tables.