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How to Lighten Up Dark Rooms

Invite in brightness with these decorating ideas

By Jan Soults Walker


No need to dwell in the dark: Wake up your surroundings with these room-brighteners.

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Choose Paint and Fabrics That Seem to Glow

Does your room lack windows? Are overcast skies the norm where you live? Regardless, you can lavish walls with light or vibrant hues to wrap a room in cheery hospitality. Treat furnishings to the same light-minded makeover, selecting fabrics with luminous sway. Keep patterns subtle to enhance a spacious feel or select solid colors with textural spunk for an added layer of interest. Avoid heavy, dark furnishings—or give their finishes a fresh start with paint or stain in light colors.

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