Just like breathing adding a little air while mixing your drum and percussion section can actually brighten up your mix. Here are few tips how you can mix it up with a little bit of air and actually improve your mix.
Use your EQ, simply boost your highs to the brightness you desire to achieve for your project this is the simplest and less complex way to brighten up your percussion section. A short delay using your EQ is another way you can add air to your mix without adding clutter to your percussion. Remember you want it brighter.