Here are six sound tips for adding light, or the illusion of light, to help brighten your rooms and your mood.
Start With White
The lighter the walls, the more light they will reflect. Even paint the ceiling a shade lighter to help light bounce around the room.
More Ceiling Tricks
Blue skies brighten the world. Painting your ceiling the color of the sky can create the illusion of light.
Bring in Colors of the Sun
One proven way to brighten a space is to bring in yellows, reds and oranges—the colors of the sun.
Use Mirrors and Reflective Surfaces
Double the amount of light in a room by allowing it to bounce off reflective surfaces.
Place Bookshelves Correctly
Placing bookshelves perpendicular to the window wall is a sure way to enhance the light.
Indirect lighting aimed upward, such as a torchiere at the back of the room, can make up for lack of natural light on the ceiling as daylight fades.