Natural light is the best form of lighting. Soft and neutral-toned palettes can last all year round.

Dated: June 12 2022

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A space lacking in natural light doesn’t need to resemble a cavern.

In a perfect world, every room in your home would be bathed in natural light, but chances are you don’t live in a glass fishbowl and you have to make do with some darker quarters. However, even if you have a windowless room or two, that doesn’t mean living in a perpetual state of twilight either. We chatted with design pros for their illuminating tips on how to shed some light in a dark space. 

Consider the Color Palette

Your first instinct may be to go for an all-white color palette throughout. I find that white can quickly look worn or dingy in a room with no natural light. Instead, go with a soft, light gray or a neutral-toned brown palette. Just be wary of going too dark and keep the look light and warm. 

“High-gloss pieces such as glass-covered prints or coated canvas really let light bounce around in a creative way. Colorful art or an oversized piece can also help brighten a room, but don’t overdo it—clutter on the walls can have the opposite effect and end up darkening the room. 

“Dark hardwood floors are extremely popular and for good reason. But in this case, I would steer clear of them and opt for a lighter, natural-looking color or even a whitewashed-style stain. 

“Usually when a room lacks natural light, the space seems smaller. Use mirrors to give the illusion of a bigger space; they can help reflect light into a dark space and amplify any existing natural light that creeps in. It’s a great way to brighten up a space and make it feel bigger. 

“Any pops of color, such as baby blue, light pink or pastels would make the space bright. If you have a darker floor, a colorful rug also helps to add some contrast and lightness. 

“In terms of lighting fixtures, be creative and layer multiple sources, such as floor lamps and table lamps. This helps bounce the light around the room versus solely relying on overhead lighting, and also allows you to control the amount of light throughout the day.”

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