how to brighten your windowless office
Attic? Basement? Stolen little nook? Use these tricks to illuminate a less than glowing work space.
Published Nov 27, 2015 5:00 AM
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Balance is key to pairing light and dark in dusky digs. A dark floor or rug adds just the right amount of grounding against white walls and pops of vivid color. If you’ve ever dreamed of using tomato red, hazard orange or rubber ducky yellow in your home, this is it.
Never underestimate the power of shiny objects. Metallics not only add flair and brightness, they reflect what little light you may be working with. Toss something gold, silver or bronze in your work zone for instant brilliance.
Brighter, bigger, better. This is the appearance a mirror (or two, or three) gives your sunless spot. Hang one large or several smaller mirrors over your desk for instant luminosity.
Add a spark of fun to a somber work station with color. Funky hues against white walls makes for a cheerful spot to get your stuff done.
Black and white done right
A black and white theme keeps the look straightforward and crisp. Add greenery or fresh flowers for a hit of natural color.
Deck out your daylight-free territory with see through shelves, desk, chair, or accessories. Clear items create a clutter-free look and add polish.
A shelf desk keeps visual clutter to a minimum. Make up for lack of drawer space with attractive bins and baskets to hold overflow.
Play with pattern
Pretty patterns can brighten even basement-esque office space. Keeping your palette neutral means you can splurge on eye catching pieces. Go for big, bold pattern in bright hues in one area – like lampshades, rug or artwork.
Dark color done right
Don’t be afraid to go with bold color in a windowless space. Pair up dense shades with light colors and large prints so your room looks open and airy.
Keep your task center clean and serene with neutral tones and natural textures. Natural woods, rattan, and seagrass create a light and airy space with a soft feel.
Monochrome schemes and neutrals help to draw in light and brighten up a dreary room. This doesn’t have to mean white, cream or beige. Think outside the box here and try pink, lavender or mint. Pair with dark floor and accessories to keep the look grounded.
See the light
Lighting is everything in awindowless office
. Clear lamps and mirrored desk work overtime to add brilliance and sparkle to an otherwise somber space. Team with light hues to make the most of this look.
Swing from the chandelier
Nothing adds that finishing touch like a glittering chandelier. Illuminate your unlit location with a touch of charm and glamour. Swinging is optional.
Flicker and flame
Cozy up a light deprived spot with an assortment of tapers, pillars, and votives. Not into the whole ablaze thing? Get yourself some flameless candles. Just like the real thing, only you don’t have to remember to put them out before closing up shop.