21 Ways to Brighten Up Your Living Room

A lighter, brighter color scheme brings affordable elegance to your home.

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Practical, Light and Bright

Adding just a few brighter accessories like gold and ice blue pillows, cream chairs and a white rug significantly lightens this room up. Going for a fresh, lighter look in your living room? Pay attention to wall color, curtains, rugs and mix neutrals and darks with brighter colors.

Great Design Tip

Want a lighter look on your bookshelf? Copy this designer trick and face the books' spines away: the difference is huge!

Light Lamp Shade

Consider swapping out darker lamp shades for lighter ones to bring an airiness to your living room. The pretty glass and gold detail on this lamp also adds to the room's light and bright, glam edge.

Enhance Your Architectural Advantages

Tall Ceilings? Polished wood floors? Work with the unique qualities of your room. Unfussy window treatments here let the light come pouring into this room. Simple chairs and no tablecloth keep things simple.

Rethink Your Window Treatments

With windows this tall and dramatic, all you really need is a frame. These shutters allow the light to flood in. Place darker furniture like this glossy black table and gray chairs closer to the light (and white walls) to maintain that airy feeling.

Geometric Cool

Books become minimalist objects when their dust jackets are removed and are a great way to add verticality to decorative, trendy geometric objects.

Design Is in the Details

Light, bright accessories in glass and metallics double time their shine when placed on glass-topped tables.

Eliminate Clutter

Pretty boxes are a great way to corral clutter, from television remotes to stationary and lend your room a more refined, sophisticated look for very little money. Books with their spines turned away and their pages visible also lighten up your bookshelves.

Lighten Up Your Window Treatments

Keep window treatments neutral: white or tans or even skipping the curtains altogether brings plenty of light and a welcome lack of clutter to your space.

Keep It Simple

These geometric metal sconces add real presence to this mantel and also enhance the light, bright tone of this room with their open design. Putting your money toward purchasing stylish accessories can add a new look to your existing rooms.

Choose Accessories Wisely

To enhance brightness in your room, stay away from heavy, dark accessories. Instead add impactful metallics.

Keep It Balanced

It's OK to mix in darker pieces. This dark gray cabinet and a dark ceramic vase are nicely balanced with silver and white accessories.

Add Brightness With a White Rug

It's a bold, grown-up move: a white rug in a living room. Nothing adds impact to a room with darker wood floors like a white rug and this one ornamented with a graphic gold pattern adds a bit of Hollywood Regency glamor.

Pop of Gold

Gold is a great way of lightening things up, as seen in this complementary gold pillow that plays very well with these gray pillows.

Am I Blue?

How pretty is this refreshingly icy blue pillow on this neutral chair, a great way to add color in the lighter, brighter register to a room.

Add Natural Elements

Instead of larger potted plants, which can weigh a room down, why not add sweet, low-maintenance succulents? They work well in smaller glass and white containers and reflected on this glass table, add a lot of brightness to this living room. A pretty white throw is also a great way to add brightness to a room.

Shiny Metallics

Want to add punch to a mostly white color scheme? Shiny gold and silver metallics really amp up the excitement in a room.

White Walls

Want to instantly add brightness to a room? Painting your walls and built-ins white is a sure-fire way, and instantly makes any colorful accessories in the room pop. With a white backdrop, you don't need to go for intense colors. On trend metallics and pastels are a great way to add interest.

Design is in the Details

Gold studs add real impact and rich detail to his off-white chair. Impactful, small details like these lend a luxurious feel to your design scheme.

Do Glow On

A beautiful glass chandelier with an unusual design instantly adds real shimmer to this living room.

It's All About the Mix

Neutrals and darker colors are great backdrops and offer contrast to a lighter color scheme. Darker colors add variety and offer a nice foundation, as with this sofa, for brighter gold and white accents.