For some of us, living between four walls can mean little to no natural light shines through, making our living space feel drab and cave-like. Not exactly the warm vibe any of us envision for our home, right? But don’t fret, because this dark-space dilemma is one that interior designers often face. 

And this means there are plenty of ways to brighten up your space without having to take on the headache and expense that comes with a major renovation. Here are four transformational design tips to give you the sunnier space you’ve been wanting.

1. Try White First

If you truly want to brighten up your space, try incorporating plenty of white. White on the walls, the furniture — heck, even the ceiling. Why? Because not only has this color been shown to make rooms appear more spacious, it’s also great at reflecting light. 

White also won’t absorb any of the light in your room like other colors tend to do. In other words, any glorious natural light that makes its way into your new white space will be sent bouncing indirectly back to other surfaces with the added benefit of brightening up any dim spots in its path.

To take lightening up your space to the next level, try bringing in other similar elements, including a white nightstand, to complement your bedding and curtains. Features such as glass or silver pulls can add a bit of depth to your bedroom décor while still being reflective and bright.

2. Let There be Light

If you want to illuminate a genuinely dark bedroom, you’ll need to get serious about your lighting situation. Designers agree that one overhead ceiling light isn’t nearly enough to get that glow. Instead, try installing wall scones next to each side of your bed; after all, these types of lights are great for washing walls with light and making for an overall brighter atmosphere. Floor lamps or table lamps can be added to reading nooks to ensure each area of your room is well lit. Indeed, a well-lit space isn’t just more welcoming — it can also enhance your health.

3. Incorporate a Plush Rug

Wooden or dark carpeted floors can undoubtedly add an element of sophistication to any home. But there’s no denying that while these surfaces may be striking, they can draw a lot of light out of any room. Thus, if you have dark flooring, try adding a rug into your room’s décor. 

Off-white colored rugs are a great way to break up the denseness of dark flooring, especially in spaces without windows. And if you’re worried about a light rug getting soiled, add in a patterned version that still incorporates light colors but also gives you enough design opportunities to where dirt won’t be the main focus.

4. Leave Extra Space Alone

Much like a large or overstuffed couch can make a small living space feel cramped, bedroom pieces that are solid to the floor can make your poorly lit bedroom seem even darker. These types of pieces can block out light, so choosing pieces that are either elevated by platforms or legs is a good idea. Additionally, picking more transparent materials such as lucite and glass will help reflect light and better illuminate your room.

Strike a Balance

As much as living in a dimly lit space may have you ready to reach for everything and anything bright, remember that like with most things, it’s essential to strike a balance between different types of lighting. Even the most naturally lit spaces still have areas where dimness and shadows occur. Thus, when decorating your bedroom for added brightness, make sure to incorporate elements that warm up your space without sacrificing your style.