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No Window? No Problem!

Let these five tricks bring in a view


Not all rooms can accommodate a window, as in the case of basements and hallways between rooms. These areas can be stuffy and cramped—making you feel uneasy. Fortunately, with a few tricks and a couple of adjustments, you can have a comfy space that you'd love to stay in.

Main photos from: Traditional Home and Buzzfeed.

Windowless rooms have little or no natural lighting at all. If you can find a natural lighting source, such as a stairwell, remove all materials near it that may prevent the light from streaming in. Opt for white paint for the stairs and the banister, as well as the walls near it. If there’s no available light source, you can install spotlights or create a skylight.

Photo from Looking at Glass.

Achieve an airy vibe by painting your walls with light shades. White will definitely work, but if you want a bit more color, use pastel colors on your walls and furniture. Light-colored walls can help make your room less stuffy and and soften up its vibe.

Photo from smallrooms Tumblr.

To break up the monotony of walls like what windows do, hang large pieces of framed art. Another way is to frame large pieces of furniture such as a bed or a sofa with floor-to-ceiling curtains. Doing this will create an illusion that windows are behind the drapes. 

Photo from Harper's Bazaar.

Mirrors not only make a small room appear bigger, it can also make it feel and look lighter. A large mirror does not only mimic a window, it also bounces light off to make the area less dark.

Photo from Traditional Home.

Full-size windows between living rooms and kitchens allow light to pass through between areas. Transom windows, or windows placed high up the wall above doors, can also let in light from another space without disregarding your privacy.

Photo from Buzzfeed.

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