Dingy lighting and drab, lifeless rooms can make any home feel under the weather. Transforming dull rooms does not call for tedious building work; you can spruce up any house quickly with these simple tips. Add a splash of colour, freshen your wallpaper and make your space beautiful and cosy with these 6 handy tips.


A Burst of Colour


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An injection of colour is one of the quickest ways to brighten a dull interior. You can do it in a number of different ways, depending on the existing colours of your walls and the look you want to go for. If you want a classic retro look, then clashing colours may be the perfect way to go. Or if you prefer, try painting your walls in a neutral, light shade and accessorize with pops of colour in your furniture and accessories.

Let the Light Shine In



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Another fast way to brighten dull interior is to let as much natural light into the room as possible. If you have a small room or windows then consider using blinds or lightweight curtains instead of heavy ones to let more light in. You can even ditch the curtains and blinds altogether, if they’re not needed. Try to maximise the amount of natural light that gets into your home as much as you can. For some curtain inspiration, take a look at these new window dressing ideas for contemporary homes.

A Fresh Lick of Paint

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A fresh lick of paint image credit: pexels

One of the quickest ways to brighten dull interior is with a fresh lick of paint. If you have a smaller room then make sure you go for light colours, as these will make it seem bigger. To create a calming atmosphere opt for more neutral and soft colours. This way, you can add colour with accessories and accent depending on the seasons. This can be a great way to keep your home looking bright and fresh all year round.


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Home accessories image credit: pexels

Embellish a dull interior with accessories to breathe new life into your home. Fresh flowers bring a dash of colour to instantly brighten any interior. Add some natural greenery and bring the outside in. Not only will fresh flowers add colour to your home, they will lift your mood and clear the air. Items like candles, cushions and wall hangings are also a great way to add some character and life to your space and fill it with colour.

Banish Clutter


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If you don’t need it, ditch it. Or at least put it in a drawer out of sight. Your room will appear drab and disorganised if it is full of cluttered surfaces and mess. Make sure that everything has its rightful home so nothing is left lying around. Especially avoid clutter in small rooms – keep them as free of possessions as you can and your room will look significantly brighter and bigger.



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Add bright bulbs or change your lampshade to let more light come into your room. A dark space is a surefire way to make your room seem smaller than it is. Introduce lamps and wall lights to add a cosy glow to your home. Use mirrors in smaller rooms to make the light shine and bounce across the room and move objects away from windows to make the most of the light you have.

Sprucing up drab interior doesn’t have to break the bank. You can brighten even the dullest-looking rooms in a jiffy, as long as you know how. Think about ways to declutter surfaces, brighten drab-looking walls and introduce as much light and colour as you can to turn your room into a bright and beautiful space that you want to spend time in.

Which of these tips will you try first? Please let me know in the comments below.


Guest post by Hollie Jones -Freelance Writer & Blogger

I am a London-based blogger with a passion for all things lifestyle, arts and crafts, organic living and interior design. I regularly write on my blog The Hollie and The Ivy.