July 05, 2023

5 Ideas for Brightening up a Small Room

By Corey McNeill

We all wish we could have a huge house with limitless space in each room. However, for most of us, this just isn’t the case. There always seems to be one room that seems tiny, dark or dingy. Despite your best efforts, brightening up a small room is hard work. We’ve come up with some expert tips to help you make the most out of those box rooms (without adding an extension)!

1. Light Walls

It’s one of the simplest design tricks in the book, but it really does work. If you want to give the illusion that your room is bigger than it is, then you’re going to want to stick with light colours. Neutral and pastel palettes are going to be your best friend, so get painting those walls. Try to avoid anything that can make the room seem more enclosed or lack light; such as dark colours.

2. Light Floors

The light palette trick doesn’t need to stop at the walls! Some of the airiest rooms we’ve ever been in have white, wooden floors. In fact, it’s one of our favourite design tricks. If you can, consider stripping back any carpet and going back to basics. Sand down the floorboards and cover them in a lick of white paint. It looks absolutely fantastic and will ensure your small room feels brighter and bigger.

3. Lights in General!

While we’re at it, the use of light is key if you want to brighten up a small room. Well, it makes sense! Just a clever placement of a floor lamp, in your darkest corner, can really open up a tiny space. Try to avoid wall lights in smaller rooms, as these can bring the walls in further. Instead, go for dazzling downlights or focal point lamps. Your eyes will be attracted to the light, without the space feeling cluttered.

4. Make Use of Mirrors

Mirrors are a cost-effective and simple way to brighten up a small room. Placing them in a position to reflect light is a good start, but there are dozens of other ways to use them too. How about creating a feature wall with a cluster of quirky mirrors? Or using a large, floor-length mirror in the darkest corner? You will be surprised at what a difference such a tiny change can make.

5. Minimalist Furniture

If you have a small room, then the worst thing you can do is fill it with clutter. It will make the space feel cramped and dark. Instead, opt for minimalist furniture where possible. Hide away things that don’t need to be on display. We’re talking about all those ornaments! Intelligent storage solutions and some key furniture pieces will help you pull off this look. All of a sudden, it will feel as though the room is so much bigger than before.

Brightening up a small room doesn’t need to be difficult, but it is going to take some careful planning. Work out how best to use the light you already have, and how accessories can complete the look. Before long your small room will feel like a palace!