How to Brighten a Dark Room the Easy Way, From an Interior Designer

Major renovations can be expensive and inconvenient (or both, in most cases). But when your home has minimal natural light, you'd probably do just about anything to brighten things up since dark spaces can look cramped and moody. Beyond aesthetics, they can also impact your own mood for the worse.

According to architect Alan Lewis, PhD, "visible light helps the human body to regulate the production of the hormone melatonin, which in turn helps to regulate our body clock, affecting sleep patterns and digestion. [It] also helps to stimulate the body's production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which can reduce the symptoms of depression."

With this in mind, and since we spend so much time inside our homes, lighting should be a priority. So instead of having to expand the windows or install new ones altogether, we decided to ask an interior designer how to brighten up a dark room for a stylish, comfortable atmosphere. And we have to say that Marissa Bero of Homepolish came up with some pretty genius, transformative ideas that don't require heavy lifting.

Scroll through the five tips below to find out how to balance your light and dark pieces, brighten up dark rooms with small windows, and highlight your favorite dark and stormy colors without going overboard on the moody vibes.