Designing a room using dark furniture as the main feature can be a great ways to create an elegant, sleek and stylish space. Think about a gorgeous living room with black leather couch, black wooden coffee table, and an area rug with some black texture and pattern, sound interesting, isn’t it?
If you create those kind of space inside a large room with sufficient amount of lighting, surely there wouldn’t be any problem. However, using some black furniture as a base inside a small space that lack of lighting can causing a new, big problem : the room will look dark and gloomy.
Unfortunately, this problem often just felt after we finished put in and arrange those dark furniture.
If you are thinking to swap and change your entire dark furniture with the lighter ones, please don’t. Not only it would be very costly, it can also take much of your precious time and effort that you can spend on another valuable and important tasks.
Therefore, rather than sold your beautiful 1000$ black leather couch and bought a new ones – which of course will result in considerable losses – there are some simple, effective and more affordable ways that you can do to help make your entire space feels and looks a bit more brighter and airy.
And here are some best tips from our interior design expert on how to brighten a room with dark furniture :
1. Choose the Right Wall Paint Color
If you need a big and instant impact, than one best ways is by repainting the walls with a lighter color. Surely, the best one for this kind of needs is white. But if you think plain white is too mainstream and boring, you can choose a more warmer ones such as ivory white or light cream. Another kind of colors that you can use is any bright and vibrant colors such as sunshine yellow, pink or lime green. But in most cases, these kind of colors won’t work well with dark furniture, even though they can help brighten your entire space.
2. Add more Light
If you had some extra spare budget, we highly recommend you to add extra windows. This additional windows not only can add more sunlight to the entire space, but also can be very beneficial to bring some fresh air from outside. However, this approach not only will cost a lot of money, but also need a lot of time and extra work. If you prefer a more affordable ones, than add more artificial lighting can be a great alternative. For a more fast and easy ways, you can buy some extra table lamp or floor lamp, where those kind of lighting doesn’t require any complex installation. To get a maximum results, put those lamp in the area that lacks of natural lighting, such as in the corner.
3. Put the Dark Furniture near the Window
The natural light or sunlight works great when it falls on the dark furniture. Due to the sunlight, dark furniture will look better and brighter. So, you need to place them near the window or proper place where it gets enough natural light. It will create some dramatic impact on the furniture and brighten up the whole atmosphere of the room.
4. Contrasting with Bright Colored Decoration Items
Bright and vibrant decoration items can be a great ways not only to help create some contrast with the dark furniture, but also can be used to bring some splash of colors to the space. Some white, yellow or light gray throw pillow works best with any black or dark brown couch. You can also put some vibrant white or blue marble vases on the top of black coffee table.
5. Combine with Light Colored Furniture
If there are still enough available spaces inside the room, than you can opt to add one or two light furniture to help balance out the space. One of our favorite is by adding a bright white leather armchair alongside black leather couch. Another options that you can do is by adding a white or light natural wooden side table beside your dark colored sofa.
6. Add Mirror
In a dark room, if you place a big mirror or some small mirrors, then it will easily reflect the light of the whole room. Your room will look brighter than before. It is a smart strategy to brighten up the dull and darkroom. You can go for the large mirror with a slim frame. It can offer so much light to your space.
7. Use Light Flooring
This approach surely won’t be a cheap and easy, but it surely would be worth it, especially if your current flooring is already outdate, dark and dull. For a room with majority of dark furniture, we love to use any light flooring with high amount of reflections and glossiness. Marble or tile flooring tend to be the best options, but you can also go with wood flooring as long as it has a bright and light color and sleek polished looks.
8. Use Colorful Rug
If changing your entire flooring is a bit too much for you, than there is a much more simpler and affordable alternative : using rug, especially the ones with light or vibrant color. Using rug not only will help make the entire space feel a bit more bright, but it can also make a comfy and cozy looks, and finally can make the space feel neat and well organized.
9. Add some Greenery and Flowers
Actually, adding some plants or flowers won’t effect the room brightness directly. However, adding some of them can help make the space look more fresh and natural that can be very useful to avoid the room feel boring and monotonous. To get the best results, spread those greenery throughout the room.
10. Avoid Dark Ceiling
The dark colored ceiling will make your room dark and small. If your current ceiling using any kind of dark paint, it is better to repaint it with white or lighter colors. The white ceiling will brighten up the whole room and it makes the space for light in the room.