When your home feels too dark and dingy, it can be really depressing. It makes your home feel like a place where you don’t want to spend time.

That’s never the way it should be in your home, so now is the perfect time to make the changes that’ll turn your dark space into a much lighter and brighter one.

Here are some of the steps you should take if you want to make a dark space seem lighter.

Choose Lighter Flooring

One of the first things you might want to think about when making changes in your home is the flooring. If you have very dark flooring, it can immediately make the room feel a little darker than it needs to be.

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Many people now choose to strip back the floors, expose the floorboards and paint them white. Take a tip from Adelaide interior designer, Penelope Herbert, who suggests using white patio paint for interior floors with a high foot traffic.

Painting your floors makes a much bigger difference than you might expect and can have exciting results.

Reconsider Your Curtains

Next, consider how you deal with your windows. If you have very large, thick curtains, they’ll obviously block light. But they’ll even block some of the natural light when the curtains are not drawn.

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At the sides of the windows, the light will be blocked and the light coming in will be limited as a result. That’s why you might want to switch to lighter curtains or even blinds.

Improve the Exterior Doors at the Back of the Home

If you’re having problems at the back of your home, one thing you could do is add some large glass sliding doors. These will allow more of that vital natural light flood into the home and make it feel lighter.

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Kitchen room with exit to patio area in sunroom. Kitchen cabinets with glass doors and white granite tops

This can be ideal for your dining room, which is a space that should never be dark. It’ll also make it easier for you to connect the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Change the Colour of Your Walls

The colour of the walls in your home will have a big impact as well. Very light colours make the space feel brighter and work better with natural light.

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You certainly don’t want too many dark or bold colours, or at least not on all four walls of the rooms in your home. You could choose one feature wall that’s a bolder colour and then choose a lighter one for the others.

Use Mirrors

Finally, you should think about how you can use mirrors to make your home feel bigger. There are lots of ways to do this, but the basic premise is that the mirror reflects the light and also makes the space feel bigger.

Both of those things matter when you’re trying to turn a dark space into a much lighter one. You could add an appropriate mirror in each room of your home.

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Making a dark space feel lighter and brighter is a challenge but it really matters. You will notice the difference every day and you’ll feel much more comfortable in your home.

So even if this all seems like a lot of work to do just now, you’ll be glad you did it once it’s all completed.