How to Brighten Up a Dark Hallway

If you are feeling like your hallway is a bit too dark, then you should know that there are a number of ways that you can brighten it up. It doesn’t even have to include installing additional lights or any electrical work at all. Here are some simple and elegant solutions that can bring some much-needed light to your hallway.

Reflect Light

If you have at least one good light source in your hallway, then a reflective surface, such as a mirror, can be a great way to spread that light around and brighten your hallway. Ideally, you will place the mirror right near the light source so it can reflect as much of the light as possible.

An even better solution would be to place that mirror near a source of natural light. The light it reflects then will be less severe and create a more welcoming and pleasing aesthetic. If you want to go all out and really brighten up the hallway, multiple mirrors placed strategically around can do the trick.

Paint Can Brighten a Hallway

One of the best ways to make a room lighter outside of adding lights to it is to paint it lighter. This works just as well for hallways as it does for any other room. Using light colours along the walls can get rid of deep shadows and this method can even reflect light sources better to create a brighter, lighter environment.

This works with your fixtures and decorations in the hallway as well. If they are light and painted in light colours, then they will reflect light better and create a brighter hallway.

Brighter Flooring

Your flooring can be a source of brightness for your hallway as well. Often the floors are the most important part of the hallways to make lighter, since a dark hallway can be difficult to walk through.

If you use light-coloured tiles or brightly-coloured carpet, then you will have flooring that naturally reflects light and makes the area brighter. The flooring does not have to contain garish colours though. Even light pastels or creams can make your hallway much brighter without the need for additional lights.

If You Must Have Lights

Perhaps these other options just aren’t working for you or are not possible with the idea you have of your hallway. You may just want to go with adding lights to the hallway. But you don’t have to do it in a very obvious way. You can bring light into the hallway indirectly by opening up one of the connecting rooms and bringing more natural light in through there. Or you can add scone lights or track lights to the hallway to offer a low-key light source that doesn’t feel very obtrusive.

Alternately, you can add backlights to décor, such as on mirrors and paintings. These subtle lights will brighten your hallway and create additional light sources without being glaringly obvious and drastically changing the mood of the corridor.