A room with no windows is a nightmare for any homeowner. However, many designers have come up with great ways to redecorate and take the ‘cold prison cell’ feel out of any windowless room and to turn it into a bright and cheery space full of light and life. Here are some of our favorite tips.
Start with the paint
When it comes to choosing the right paint color for a room with no windows, always look for bright and sunny shades. Shades of white, yellow, pink, pale greens and peach will make excellent choices to brighten up the space and to add a dash of good cheer. Dark colors such as blues and grays should be avoided.
Make use of mirrors
Mirrors are excellent at reflecting light and to even appear as windows. Mirrors will bounce the light around the space and make it appear brighter and larger when compared with the right lighting and color scheme.
Consider faux windows
If you really like the appearance of windows, you can always choose faux windows and install them. These are ideal when even constructing a window is not an option and they come complete with scenery as well as curtains for the full effect.
Choose the right furniture
While dark and heavy pieces of furniture may appear grand when placed in large rooms, they are not the best choice for windowless spaces. Large couches, oversized desks and heavy leather chairs will simply make the space appear cluttered and even darker with their looming shadows. Instead, look for simple, light colored and small pieces to reflect more light and to create a more minimalistic look. Only include what you need and be sure to go with smaller sizes to save space and to avoid clutter.
Pick the houseplants carefully
Just because the room doesn’t get natural light, it doesn’t have to discourage you from placing a few plants to make the space feel livelier. Go for plants that don’t require much light such as Chinese evergreen, pothos houseplants, philodendron and spider plant. Plants will instantly create the appearance of brightness and habitability even when there is little or no natural light.
It’s all about the lighting
A windowless room can be completely transformed with the proper lighting. Look for recessed lighting options for evenly scattered light across the ceiling. You can also try track lighting to illuminate specific parts of the room as you need. When it comes to choosing task lighting, look for simple and light colored lamps to avoid cluttering. You can also use full-spectrum light bulbs that look almost exactly like natural daylight to simulate the effect.