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Paint is the most impactful way you can lighten up a room. Dark or flat paint absorbs the light and does nothing to reflect and bounce it around - instead it makes it feel like a dark cave. White is the obvious choice when choosing what paint to increase brightness, but other pale shades can work just as well. Pale beiges, buttery yellows, or creams in gloss will do wonders to your room. Don't forget your ceilings and trim - paint them a crisp, bright white!
The easiest solution to the darkness problem is a mirror; strategically placed, a mirror will reflect whatever light is already received into the home by multiplying it and bouncing it around. A large mirror hung opposite a window will distribute light nicely and also make your room appear more spacious. If lacking a large mirror, several smaller mirrors grouped together will also do the trick - you could even hang four square mirrors to create the illusion of a window.
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When thinking of your windows, hang your curtains above where the window starts and extended over part of the wall on either side of the window. In doing so, the curtains will reveal the entire window (or most of it) without blocking any essential light coming in...it also creates the illusion that the window is larger than it actually is.
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Now, if you'll excuse me, I must turn on a lamp and ponder what light color to paint my big, black, light sucking TV console.