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Are you frustrated with the lack of light in your baby's nursery and how dark it feels? You are not alone. Brightening up a dark nursery is one of the most common design challenges when designing a nursery. Ahead, find expert-approved ideas to brighten a dark nursery and make it light, bright and airy.
Though we all lust for a light-filled nursery, in most cases though, the only room available is the smallest space in the house, the guest room or a study, which often also happens to be dark. But the good news is that you can add light through details and make any space brighter.
Below, the best ideas to brighten up the baby's room.
15TIPS FOR LIGHTENING A DARK NURSERY
1. PLACE MIRRORs STRATEGICALLY
One of the easiest and quickest ways to brighten a dark nursery is to use mirrors to expand the visual space. Placing a mirror near a light source such as a window amplifies the natural light entering the nursery, making the nursery brighter.
2. LAYERED LIGHTING
One of the biggest design mistakes is when the nursery has just one overhead light fixture. If you’re looking to brighten up the space, use layers of lighting instead. With a mix of ambient, accent, and task lighting- the light will look more voluminous, the nursery brighter, and the overall design more polished.
3. LIGHTER WOOD TONES
Add nursery furniture with lighter wood tones since they won't absorb as much light and stand out as much compared to dark-toned nursery furniture, lending a brighter and airier feel to the nursery.
4. SEE THROUGH NURSERY FURNITURE
Yet another option when considering nursery furniture is to go with see-through pieces. Unlike solid furniture, acrylic and rattan nursery furniture doesn't block light from passing through. Thus, they make a space feel larger and brighter.
Speaking of brightening the nursery, painting your nursery walls white can do wonders to the space. Picking the right shade of white can brighten the space, bounce light around the room, and give the overall design a light, airy feel.
6. BRIGHT NURSERY RUG
Since you've got a crisp white on the walls, lay a bright nursery rug to define the space, draw you in and create a distraction.
7. COLORFUL ARTWORK
A bright and colorful piece of art can add a bit of sunshine, cheer and brighten the nursery.
We all know that metals reflect light and create the illusion of more space. Incorporate metallic nursery decor into your nursery design to transform a dark nursery-just don't overdo it.
9. LIGHTER SHADE ON CEILINGS
Whatever the neutral shade is on your nursery wall, go a shade lighter to help light bounce around the room, giving it a more spacious and bright look.
10. PAINT FINISH
Did you know that the paint finish you choose for the nursery can impact how bright your room looks? Go with an eggshell or gloss finish to reflect light and brighten up dark nurseries.
As with nursery furniture, lighter wood flooring or carpeting can help make a dark nursery brighter. Similarly, laying down a natural woven rug in jute or rattan can help brighten up a room.
12. STREAMLINED FURNITURE
Instead of heavy and bulky, choose slimline nursery furnishings with a low profile to allow as much light as possible to flow around the room.
13. SMART STORAGE SOLUTIONS
Clutter has a way of amplifying the darkness of a room, so getting the nursery organized is a no-brainer. Invest in clever nursery storage, particularly solutions that take up little floor space and increase the feeling of space. With a neat look, your baby's nursery will feel brighter.
14. OPEN SHELVING
Open shelving is an easy and clever way to open up a compact space and brighten it up while displaying your favorite accessories.
15. LIGHT CRIB BEDDING
Want a simple way to brighten up the baby's room? Ditch heavy bumpers and crib skirts, and opt to dress up the crib with a simple light-colored fitted sheet!
Last Updated on June 27, 2022 by Tira Attygalla