There are some things that money cannot buy and one of those is a light and airy room. So, if your lounge is a north facing box with a goldfish bowl for a window, you are just going to have to find other ways to make it sparkle.

Which is where interior design comes in. Even if you are the sort of person to give interior house painting a fair go, you might hit rock when it comes to the dreaded blackout zone.

Is it time to hire a house painting expert?

We get it, we know that as a seasoned amateur you can roll up your sleeves to anything – even exterior painting in pretty colors can be done by a well prepared householder, but bringing light to a dark space is a specialist job and sometimes it is best to bring in the experts.

The Light

Your instinct might be to flood the dark room with as much artificial lighting as a football stadium. The temptation for the unwary enthusiast is to blanket bomb your room with aerial lighting that is bright and glaring.


It is actually natural light which will improve the airiness in a cramped, fetid space. However, that might be easier said than done.

You can ameliorate even poor natural light by removing heavy drapes and fussy voiles and simply leaving your window uncovered in daytime.

Blinds, not curtains, help to boost natural light, which will help your darkened room shine.

And when it comes to lighting, then you should take a holistic approach. Look around your room. The reason it is dark is because there are so many gloomy corners. The problem is the light not extending into the space – not that it is not bright enough.

Bright Home Lighting

The best way to increase the lighting in a dark room is to bring lamps into it – and dot them about at various levels to ensure an even light throughout.

Layering is everything when it comes to opening up a room to light, so mix and match various lighting types, from spotlights, floor lamps and chandeliers. Accent lighting in poky corners can work a treat.

Match The Paint

A dark room is not the place to play at being bold. Striking or intense colors are likely to make it smaller and feel stifling.

Instead, pick neutral shades and off-whites, these bring the impression of airiness and space.

However, there is more to home painting in a darkened room than just the walls – you should also pay attention to the ceilings.

Ideally a ceiling should be a lighter shade than the walls, so in most cases this will mean brilliant white. It will also help reflect light from sconces and lams.

Also, the type of paint you use matters too. Avoid mattes and head for glossy finishes instead.  

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