How to make your windowless spaces bright
Light is proven to alter your moods and brighten up an area. It makes the space look and feel more well-ventilated and the lessens the negativity around. When dealing with a windowless room, you really start to miss the natural light and appreciate the openness they bring.
Paint it light
Decorators generally agree that light colors convey a sense of space while darker ones can make the area cramped. Choosing a light color will always make your room feel lighter and brighter. It helps stimulate the fresh, full-spectrum sparkle of natural sunlight while subtly reflecting light from every source for the brightest look possible. Lighter colors are not restricted to pure white or pastels. Warm neutrals, soft yellow, yellow-greens and pale peach or melon shades keep windowless spaces warm, bright and open. Also, choosing one color for the walls and ceiling keeps your eyes away from the edges and making the items within the space your focal point.
Artificial lighting can have great impact on how open and spacious a windowless room seems. We have three different types of lighting that work well together in a home.
- general (soft, overall)
- task (bright, focused)
- ambient (strong, dramatic)
A central overhead fixture like a chandelier or pendant light works well for ambient lighting, but it may not brighten a dark room sufficiently. Recessed fixtures are ideal for a windowless room because they provide subtle lighting that you can scatter across the ceiling to distribute light more effectively. Track lighting also works well in a room without natural light because you can adjust the individual heads to shine exactly where you need extra illumination. Table and floor lamps are ideal for providing task lighting in specific spots, such as beside a sofa or bed. If you want to mimic the look of natural light, use full-spectrum bulbs that simulate daylight to keep the light soft and warm. You can also add a statement light fixture to show off the space.
While a light wall color can help make a dark room look brighter, decorating with reflective surfaces and materials can really amplify the effect. Mirrors are an obvious option – they are available in decorative frames in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes to fit any spot in your room. To take full advantage of your mirror, however, place it opposite a lamp or fixture so there’s plenty of light to bounce off the surface. You can also use furniture with a mirrored or glossy finish to reflect more light.Also it makes the space open and it is usually the go-to trick for creaitng the illusion of having a larger area.
Accessories, Finishes and Furniture
Choose accessories and furniture that are sleek and minimal but compliments your room so that it doesn’t feel all crowded. Boxy pieces blocks the light instead settle for some leggy furniture as they create a sense of space and light and make a room look more open and airy. Place a single focal piece in the room like a sculpture, piece of art or picture frame. Metal and glossy finishes will help bounce any and all light that hits them like a window would.