8 Tips to Help You Brighten Up Your Closet

We all want closets that are spacious, neat, modern and well-lit. Today, we'll share 8 tips to help you brighten up your closet.
8 Tips to Help You Brighten Up Your Closet

Last update: 27 May, 2022

What are the basic needs of a closet?

Of course, most people would say it needs clothes. However, there’s another element our closets need that are just as, if not more, important.

That element is lighting. So, in today’s article, we’ll share 8 tips to brighten up your closet.

If your closet is lit correctly, you won’t have to leave it to appreciate your outfits’ details. In addition, lighting also helps you organize your clothes, accessories, and footwear. That’s because you’ll be able to quickly find what you’re looking for. 

It doesn’t matter if your closet is big or small, these tips to brighten up your closet will help make your closet better.

Tips to brighten up your closet

Your closet is a more pleasant place to be if it’s well lit. Nobody wants to walk into the darkness looking for their clothes. Also, it’s annoying to have to leave your closet to see how your outfit looks in the light. 

If you plan on creating a walk-in closet space in your home, or you already have one that’s poorly lit, it’s time to use these tips.

1. Utilize neutral lighting

When choosing lighting for your closet, you should use lights that mimic the sun’s rays and that don’t cast shadows. This is because of the color theory.

A common issue is that our clothes tend to project different tones in the house than when we go outside. That’s why you should use neutral lighting; it’s the most similar to natural light. White lights would also work.

A woman in her closet

2. Use pendant lighting to brighten up your closet

They provide an elegant touch and are effective in brightening up your closet. Those with LED bulbs are perfect in spacious closets, especially those that have neutral-colored spotlights.

3. Take advantage of natural light

Not every closet has windows, but if yours does, you should be taking advantage of them. Don’t try to cover them with dark-colored curtains or thick fabrics. Instead, you should let the sunlight brighten up your closet. 

In addition, you can enhance the space by painting your walls with soft tones. Also, if you have the space, you can add light furniture as well. White, beige, and pastels will make the space appear larger and brighter. 

4. Use recessed and adjustable spotlights

Recessed lighting will allow you to point the light towards the back of your closet and brighten up your clothes. We recommend putting them less than 3 feet apart so there’s harmony instead of shadows.

Since they’re small, they won’t take up much space in your closet. As you adjust them to fit your needs, you can also install more than one light. In fact, you can even put them on the ceiling. There are some on the market called cardan (best separated about 31 inches from each other) and portholes (for distances of about 23 inches between the lights).

5. Put lights on LED strips

You can always see things better from the inside of your closet. One of the more popular options for brightening up your closet is flexible, adhesive LED strips. In addition to being very effective, they’re also practical, especially if you can’t install recessed lighting.

All you need is a plug for these lights to work. And, although you can find them in many different colors, we suggest the white ones because they’re neutral. Also, LED technology will help you save energy according to an article published by BBVA’s Communications Department. 

In addition to all of those advantages of LED lights, we should also highlight that you can ut them on the edges of your closet and inside your drawers. Therefore, it’s the ideal option if you want to highlight your shelves, racks, and drawers.

6. Try out the LED downlights

Depending on the size of your closet, and how much power you want, you can also try LED downlights that are 16 or 18 watts. They’re perfect for general lighting. Also, they’re great as complement lighting and work well with removable or false ceilings.

7. Use lamps to brighten up your closet

For this tip, all you need are some lamps. You can use the tabletop ones to give you a luminous spot to apply your makeup. In addition, the translucent ones will give your closet warmth and the standing ones will offer some great lighting as you choose the best outfit.

8. Don’t forget about mirrors!

Any closet is incomplete without a mirror. They’re essential for decoration and they also help you appreciate your outfit. In addition, they enhance the lighting in the space.

It will work much better if you install a light on each side. And, depending on how you want to decorate the space, you can get one that’s tall, curved, round, or square.

Organized closet

Brighten up your closet with temperature and distribution

And lastly, but just as importantly, you should keep the following suggestions in mind:

  • Choose lights in the same tone. That way, you’ll create harmony and your closet’s lighting won’t be too cool or too warm.
  • Play with the lights. You can try recessed, hoops, surface panels, or track projectors. But, if you only want to focus on one angle, pendant lights with LED bulbs are your best bet.
  • Don’t forget that you want a neutral temperature. This is the only way to be sure the colors of your clothes will look the same inside and outside.
  • Measure the distance between your lights. If you don’t measure them correctly, it will cause shadows.
  • Distribute the light according to the shape and size of your closet. You could choose a single light or use several since there are some closets with different rooms.


Now that you’ve read these tips to help you brighten up your closet, you’re one step closer. Plus, the great news is that these tips don’t mean more work for you!
However, you can never get too much help. Among other places, you can get help at lighting stores where you’ll also find all the supplies you’ll need to get to work.

In addition, interior decorators will know which options will be best for your closet. So, if it will make you feel more confident, you can always ask for help. 

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.