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Brightening a Bedroom

This DIY Basic will provide tips on brightening a bedroom.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

paint tray
drop cloth
circuit tester
tape measure
pliers with rubber-coated handles
heavy-weight ceiling junction box
mounting strap
bedroom furniture and accessories

Step 3: Paint an Accent Wall

Simple contrasts of light and dark can brighten the look of a bedroom.

Start by painting one accent wall lighter than other walls. High gloss paint will reflect more light.

For perfect blend of shades, have your paint store lighten existing wall color by 1/2 or 3/4.

Tip: Woodwork and ceiling should be lighter than accent wall.

Step 4: Add Blinds

To brighten windows, opt for simple Venetian blinds. For seamless look, match color of blinds to color of woodwork.

Step 5: Remove the Old Light Fixture

Focus design with large, brightly lit chandelier in center of room.

Turn off power at breaker and mark with DO NOT TURN BACK ON sign. Use circuit tester to make sure power is off to old fixture.

Remove old fixture.

Tip: ID wires with masking tape as you disconnect them.

Step 6: Install a New Chandelier

Install new, heavy-duty junction box.

Attach new hardware to mounting strap, and screw mounting strap to new junction box.

Remove chandelier shades and light bulbs during installation.

Wire new fixture like old fixture was wired. Connect matching wire colors: white to white, black to black.

Tip: Remove 1/2 inch of insulation from new wires before attaching them.

Secure the canopy to the ceiling, replace the shades and light bulbs, and restore the power.

Step 7: Update the Furniture and Accessories

Use new furniture to further dark-light contrast. A dark bed will make light bedding and pillows stand out.

Place darker dresser or chest of drawers against lighter wall.

Bring in light tones with accessories such as lamps and area rugs.

Photos or pictures famed under glass reflect light and brighten interior wall or corner.

To intensify light effect, hang large mirror opposite windows.

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