Use mirrors. Mirrors reflect light, so the more mirrors you have in a room, the more light will bounce from wall to wall! Hang your mirrors opposite of windows or glass doors to maximize the natural light in your room. Tip: Buy furniture with glass panels or mirrored accents.
Paint with light colors. Light colors reflect sunlight better than dark ones, so a wall painted in cool tones (like gray, cream or eggshell blue) will boost the natural light in the room.
Move furniture. Unless you have some clear plastic theme going on, your furniture is blocking natural light! Move furniture at least a few feet away from any windows or glass doors so you can let the light shine into your home’s rooms.
Ditch the heavy fabric curtains. It’s important to have drapes and curtains to maintain your privacy and block out unwanted sunlight, however, stay away from heavier fabrics like velvet or brocade (which will cause the room feel darker and smaller) and instead opt for lighter materials such as linen or cotton!
Change the door. If you have a solid, exterior door in your dark room, replace it with a door that has a window. If you’re worried about burglary, you can find glass doors at your local hardware store that have high-security glass.
Choose the right shades. Some shades, like Roman shades, block sunlight even when they’re open! Unless you’re trying to keep glare off of a TV, this isn’t an excellent choice for darker rooms. Instead, opt for blinds that let you better control the amount of light that comes in.