Brightening up your bedroom is the simplest way to make it feel more spacious and welcoming. Your bedroom should be a haven for relaxation, helping you unwind after the daily grind and settle down for a good night’s sleep.
Unfortunately, many of us struggle with lighting - a natural by-product of cramming lots of furniture into a small or oddly configured space.
Thankfully, there are several ways to brighten up your bedroom, which we’ll explore in this article to help you make the most of your space.
Let’s jump in!
1.Let your bed set the tone
Beds make or break the ambience of a bedroom. Light oak or pine works well for a natural look, but white and light grey also work well. You can offset a dark bed frame with light bedding but getting a light bed frame is easier.
Pictured: Nordic Mill Shake Low Wooden Bed Frame – White, Available from Bedstar Online.
The most reflective colour is white, so a white bed frame is an excellent choice for brightening up your bedroom. You can brighten up your bed even more with textured white bedding, but other bright colours like yellow and pastels work well.
Thinner bed frames give the illusion of more space and block less light, so if you have a small bedroom, consider a less chunky bed frame.
2. Interesting reflections
One of the best ways to brighten up your bedroom is to reflect light in interesting ways using mirrors and unique light fixtures.
An opulent chandelier will scatter light through your bedroom, and if you choose one with coloured crystals, it will spread different hues.
Mirrors are your best friend for making dark spaces lighter - try placing a mirror on the wall opposite your window to reflect light into your bedroom.
Pictured: The main bedroom with a mirror positioned over the bed, Mirrors create the illusion of space near windows, reflecting light into your bedroom. Available from Bedstar Online.
Other ways to brighten your bedroom without adding more light include metallic furniture, mirror stickers for wardrobes, and reflective art.
3. Pick a bold accent colour
If you follow the tried and true 60-30-10 rule (where 60% of your bedroom is a primary colour, 30% is a secondary colour, and 10% is an accent colour), you can choose a bright and bold accent colour to brighten your space.
The key with accent colours is to ensure they don’t overpower other design elements, hence the 60-30-10 rule. Try brightening up your bedroom with accent-coloured cushions, décor, and a rug - it should make a big difference!
A bright accent colour will brighten up your bedroom without adding more light, creating a design theme that you can play around with.
4. Ditch curtains for blinds
Curtains are either open or closed, while windows blinds can be tilted at an infinite range of angles to reflect light into your bedroom.
To maximise the reflective quality of the blinds, choose white or cream blinds rather than dark blinds, so they reflect light rather than absorb it. You can adjust your blinds throughout the day to increase light levels in your bedroom.
Pictured: The main bedroom with an ottoman bed and window blinds for more contemporary bedroom interior design, available from Bedstar Online.
Fancy a little bit of automation? You can get intelligent electric blinds that operate by remote, and some versions also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Imagine how cool it would be to open your blinds using voice control!
5. Upgrade to smart lighting
You can’t always have natural light flooding your bedroom, so you always need good artificial light to make the most of your space.
The most straightforward upgrade you can make is dimmer switches, which will help you finetune the ambience of your bedroom with adjustable light levels. Decorative
Pictured: Philips hue lighting can change the appearance of your bedroom to reflect your mood.
If you’re up for voice control with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, upgrading is also a great way to brighten your bedroom. You can create unique lighting arrangements activated using simple voice commands.
The most overlooked area of bedrooms with lighting is the floor, so consider installing LED light strips under your bed frame and more oversized furniture. LED strips can be made smart with a smart plug socket that connects to your smart hub.