How To Brighten Up a Dark Living Room

It’s been an idea of ours for a while to brighten up a dark living room at my mums. You may remember that over the past couple of years we have been slowly doing some renovations on my mum’s old miner’s cottage. The living room is at the back of the cottage with low beams and the window is small. Therefore it doesn’t get a lot of natural light, especially during the winter months. So we’ve been looking at colour options and other ways to give the room a lighter look. Here is what we’ve discovered.

How To Brighten Up a Dark Living Room

Lighter Furniture

If your living room is naturally dark, or even windowless, white furniture is much needed. Yes, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Especially if you have children, but it will bring a brighter feel to your room. Easy to clean furniture would make sense if it’s white. You could mix white pieces with a lighter shade like beige, to break it up a little.

Colour Pop

Not everything has to be white, to make the dark living room brighter. In fact, adding in a bright coloured chair and a rug, like these from Designer-Carpet would give the room a fun and lively vibe.


I would imagine you would have at least one overhead light in the ceiling, but this might not be enough. Accessorising with floor and table lights would give you this extra lighting you require. You could opt for a table lamp on either side of the sofa, and maybe a floor lamp in the corner. This will give you the perfect lighting ambiance if you wanted to turn off your main overhead light in the evenings.

Adding a Mirror

We have been thinking about putting up a mirror in the living room, so the natural light we do get in will reflect around the room. It’s an option if you have the wall space. This lighting trick will actually work even if your room has no windows because it will use the light from your lamps and overhead ceiling light in the same way.

Mirror by Sofa

Choosing Wall Art

Wall art can be a focal point for your room. Choosing art carefully can make a huge difference in the brightness of your living room. I think it’s a fantastic option on how to brighten up your living room. If you remember we recently had some gorgeous wall art for the girl’s bedroom, and I chose lighter frames and designs to keep the room area light and bright for them.


I think plants add a great look to a room. Mum and I are huge plant lovers, so her small living room window sill is full of leafy green plants. She has chosen light coloured planters for the pots to help bring a lighter and fresher feel to the room.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post and it’s given you a few ideas to brighten up a dark living room. If you have any other ideas, I’d love to read them in the comments.

rachel bustin
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4 thoughts on “How To Brighten Up a Dark Living Room

  1. A living room / area needs to be bright enough for safety. As it is where occupants will sit and chat, possibly entertain guests, etc. So the room needs to feel welcoming, warm and cosy. Colour/s can help to provide this atmosphere / ambience :- If chosen wisely. So information given above is very relevant and useful.

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