Creating a Lighter Bedroom Despite Expresso Wood?

Creating a Lighter Bedroom Despite Expresso Wood?

Colleen Quinn
Jan 28, 2010

Q: I just moved into a new condo and kept my black-brown Ikea Malm bed left over from my old apartment as well as the rest of my new furniture in the same black-brown color to match the bed. Though in retrospect I think a lighter brown would open up the room a bit more, I like the sleek, masculine look of the dark wood. Right now I'm struggling to figure out ways to lighten up the room, and I would like to purchase one or two more furniture pieces but I am afraid of venturing out of the "black-brown" comfort zone for fear that the pieces I buy will clash. Any suggestions on furniture pieces or accessories that may complement the dark look to bring a bit more light into the room?

Sent by Scott

Editor: Scott- We love the dark wood and don't think you have to get rid of it in order to create a lighter bedroom. The Malm furniture is so low to the ground which adds to the heavy feeling, but hanging some bright artwook on the walls will help create a better balance. We would suggest replacing the brown rug in the picture with something brighter or lighter. We also suggest changing out the chair on the desk; a lighter colored chair would break up the blocky dark feeling of that home office area.

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