Windowless rooms can be challenging to decorate. The lack of access to natural light immediately gives it a closed-in feeling, making it feel more cramped than it actually is. Here are a few ways to brighten up the space and make it more usable and livable:
Add layers of light
Getting around the lack of natural light in a windowless room will undoubtedly be difficult, but it’s far from impossible. Still, homeowners should curb the urge to install the brightest lights they can find, placing them overhead, and calling it a day. Doing so creates a harsh glare effect that will only deepen and elongate any shadows cast by the furniture and other items.
Instead, use light in layers, employing it at every level of the room with fixtures that can be turned on or off as needed. It’s also a good idea to look into hidden or recessed lighting options. Subtle lighting creates an indirect glow that allows you to recreate the feeling of light coming in from the outside. Both will also be better in terms of controlling the atmosphere in the room.
FENLO’s showcase shelf series, the Fancy, is an excellent solution for windowless rooms. The Fancy 3-in-1 Dimmable Luxury Showcase Shelf features an embedded LED module with 3 different lighting modes: cozy light, warm light, and high visibility brightness. The poles can be adjusted in any direction, making them great for lighting corners and dark areas. With two other variants, namely the Fancy Plus Wide and the Fancy Edge Corner, there’s definitely a FENLO showcase shelf that will fit your needs.
Lean into white
Most homeowners tend to steer clear of using white in their interiors, and for good reason. It can be difficult to keep clean, and plain, blank white hides nothing. However, employing white and other lighter colors is one of the best ways to make a windowless room feel wider and more airy.
White walls reflect light better and can help any room feel as though it’s flooded with natural light. You can apply a clear stain guard to protect it from scuffs and spots if that’s a major concern. Similarly, choose white furniture to adorn the space. Longer, wider pieces are ideal here–they won’t look bulky, don’t worry! They’ll add to the brightness of the room and make it feel taller and more open.
You may already be aware of how mirrors can affect spaces, especially small ones. By reflecting the area, they give off the illusion that it’s bigger than it actually is. This is a technique that can be especially valuable in windowless rooms, as they tend to feel confined and claustrophobic. Mirrors, like the color white, also reflect light, immediately brightening up any space.
In this instance, the bigger the mirror, the better. Large mirrors create a better illusion of depth that any windowless room will surely benefit from. There’s no need to go full-length, but they should at least be the size of a regular window to simulate the effect of having one there. If the room has a low ceiling, go for the biggest mirror you can find, one that reaches just shy of 4 to 6 inches from it. It will make the room feel larger.
Whether you’re decorating a windowless basement or a bathroom, let FENLO light the way! Shop their Fancy Display Shelf collection today or check out their Studio Bundle, where you can choose 2 floor lamps from FENLO and sister site ATAMIN and save 5% on both. It’s an excellent value!