Five Ways to Lighten and Brighten Your Home

One of the most common requests we get from customers is that they want to lighten and brighten their home. A home filled with too many dark pieces, especially those with little natural light, can almost feel cave-like. Dark furniture and fabrics can soak up all the light in the room. So if you feel like your home is too dark then check out these five ways to instantly lighten and brighten your spaces to give your home a fresh new look.

Eastern Accents

Brighten and update a dark bedroom by replacing your wood bed with one that’s upholstered in linen. You might opt for a more heavy duty fabric, such as polyester, but as long as it’s light in color it will create a fresh look and create contrast with wood nightstands. Many upholstered beds are now available in fabrics such as Sunbrella, which is easy to clean and care for.


Pop colors on a white canvas. A white sofa against a white wall might sound boring but when you layer in bright colors and patterns it becomes a bold and exciting look. Light will bounce all around a space with layered white surfaces while a mix of color and pattern adds interest.



Don’t rely on overhead lighting. Create pools of light throughout your home with well-placed lamps. Foyers and hallways often need extra lighting but think beyond those spaces. Any spot that light doesn’t reach is a perfect excuse to add some style with a unique lamp.



Decorate with mirrors. Decorative mirrors can hang over a chest in a narrow entry or above a sideboard in a small dining area. A mirror will open up the space and bounce light around the room. Reflective finishes on frames, such as silver or gold, will lend themselves to a lighter look.



Let the light in. Replace heavy or formal drapes with simple linen panels. You should use something heavy enough to provide privacy but also light enough to let the light filter through. Panels should be easy to adjust so you can let in any amount of light to suit your mood.

Follow these tips to make your home lighter and brighter. Adding light fabrics and soft colors to dark or outdated spaces will also give your home a more modern feel and a fresh look. Get started today by visiting our showroom to find out about more ways to lighten up your home.