Brightening Up A Dark Room

Nusrat Jahan Pritom

23 July, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Up A Dark Room

The pitfall of living in one of the most populated cities in the world (Dhaka) is that there is hardly any room to breathe in most places.

There are many high rising apartments which are no doubt luxurious, yet they mostly possess small corridor, almost resembling a bird’s cage. Remember the good old days when houses used to be two-storied and verandahs used to be the size of a bedroom? Yes, we all surely miss that.

Twenty-first century has brought with it not just small box shaped verandahs, but also building after building juxtaposed with one another. This means that if you are living somewhere around the fifth floor or above, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the sky. But for those who are living on the first floor and second floor, they hardly get to see any sunlight. Some residents of such houses prefer keeping the lights turned on all throughout the day as it’s so dark and it’s hard to tell whether it’s day time or night time! Living in dark, gloomy apartments, no matter how posh they are can have an ill effect on our minds and moods. Psychologists say living in dark rooms for prolonged hours can decrease socialization and cause depression. There is a reason why our dear friend ‘sunshine’ is important to us. When you cannot invite sunshine to your house since you are surrounded by buildings on all sides, the only thing you can do is find alternative means to brighten up your home.


Creative lighting and colour can have a dramatic effect in your house. If your ceilings are not painted white, change it! Light colours such as white or even pale yellow can make things brighter. Limit accent colours. Painting the baseboards and door is another way to add a festive touch to the room without making it too dark.

No matter how much we try to balance it out with colour, natural light cannot be kept away. If there is a part of your house open to the road outside, make that the attraction. Choose airy, light-colored window coverings that don't completely block out the light. For example, cream-colored linen or canvas curtains will provide privacy while still allowing the sunshine to filter into the room.

If you have a dark corner or a room where there's no ceiling fixture, use multiple lights pointed towards the ceiling and walls. This reflected light provides a soft, overhead glow which minimizes harsh shadows. You can also add custom lighting. If you frequently perform certain activities in the room, consider adding specific lights to help you work. Some lights mount under cabinets and over counters, and others may be useful on your sewing desk or sofa. Besides that, one of the most important facts that cannot be neglected is the bulb. Make sure you use brighter bulb. It surely is transformative.

The last trick in the book is an old one. Adopt more mirrors. Mirrors have a way to make space look larger. So many mirrors will help reflect whatever light you have and create the impression of big, bright rooms. 

Try to keep your home neat. Tuck away all the wires. Replace the dark furniture with white or colourful ones. Learn to contrast and accent. You will be smiling away twenty four hours in no time and seeing brighter days in your lives.