1 • REFLECTIVE MEDIUMS
Use reflective mediums to magnify the light you have. In addition to wall and floor mirrors, consider mirrored furniture, picture frames, boxes and sconces – candle sconces require no electrical wiring! If possible, try to place reflective surfaces parallel to a natural light source.
West Elm Faceted Mirror Side Table $199 // Ballard Atoll Mirror $199 Target Mirrored Demilune Console $189.99 // Z Gallerie Mirrored Sconce $79.95
2 • HOUSEPLANTS
Houseplants have so many benefits: purifying the air, increasing oxygen and humidity levels and they add color and texture to a room! Use low-light varieties where natural light is limited, including: snake plants, philodendron, zeezee succulent, arrowhead vine, pothos, cast iron plant, dieffenbachia, peperomia and chinese evergreen.
Philodendron $16.98 // Snake Plant $16.96 // Pothos $18.96
3 • GLASS AND LUCITE FURNITURE
Overstock Clear Acrylic Chairs $270.29 for 2 // Pottery Barn Tanner Console $399 CB2 Peekaboo Coffee Table $279
4 • PAINT
Floors: Paint floors with a quality deck paint containing polyurethane, or use light-colored area rugs.
Walls: Keep in mind dark walls tend to absorb light where bright-colored walls reflect it. In addition to color, lacquered walls bounce light beautifully and are usually best achieved by a professional (which can be costly). I used Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant in a small bathroom recently and the results were very close to a true lacquer.
Ceilings: Choose a shade of white with a slight hint of light blue, green or yellow in a flat finish to warm up the room.
Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Solid Deck Paint $45 Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant $35 // Farrow & Ball Cabbage White $39.50
5 • LIGHTING
Ikea Maskros Pendant $49.99 // Pottery Barn Lotus Table Tamp $199 (on sale!) West Elm Branch Floor Lamp $399
What do you do to brighten a dark space? Any tips I need to know?