A windowless room lacks light, something every room needs. Or at the very least, the space needs the feeling that natural light generates. Often windows can’t be included in additions, finished basement rooms, garage attachments, attics or bathrooms. Although, the natural light will be missed, the situation can be remedied in a number of ways.

9 Ways to Enhance a Windowless Room

Selections of light, paint color, furniture and accessories can easily transform the space into a striking, appealing room. When it’s done right, nobody misses the windows.

Here are nine tricks to brighten up a windowless room.

1. Use Mirrors

Strategically placed mirrors make a space appear larger than it is, and more open. Position the mirror so it reflects the most light. When you’re working with a low ceiling, use a large mirror and hang it within a few inches of the ceiling line for the best results.

Closet Mirrors in Windowless Bedroom

2. Choose the Right Paint

Select a single shade of white or a very light color for the walls and ceiling to blur the edges and shed more light on the area. Texture also makes a difference in the airiness so choose satin, semi gloss or high-gloss paint.

Windowless Attic Bedroom

3. Hang a Drapery

Cover one of the walls with drapery material to give the illusion that a window is behind those drapes. This technique works well in a bedroom where the drapery material creates a background for the bed.

Curtain Behind Bed

4. Install a Glass Door

For rooms other than bedrooms, swap a solid wood door for a glass-paned one. This lets in the light outside the room that comes from the hallway or nearby rooms. As a bonus, the glass door also makes the room appear more open.

Attic Room With Mirrors

5. Scale Down the Furniture

Keep furnishings simple and to a minimum. You want to see as much open area as possible. Buy light colors to create a fresh, airy feeling. Opting for multipurpose furniture will give you more storage and more seating, but not take up extra space.

Basement Gameroom

6. Minimize Accessories

Place a single focal piece in the room like a sculpture, piece of art or picture frame. A large, healthy houseplant looks better than a huge grouping of small plants. Add lamps for more light sources and put them behind the sofa or near a bookcase to simulate light coming from a window. Lamps should also give off light that’s evenly distributed through a room to mimic daylight.

Indoor Plants and Lamps

7. Add Under-Cabinet Lights

In a windowless kitchen, installing lights under the cabinets only brightens the room. Those lights also make the food-prep area brighter and the room appears deeper.

Under Cabinet Lights in Kitchen

8. Paint a Mural

Create your own view by painting a landscape, beach scene or blue skies across one wall. Wallpaper depicting scenery can also be used as a faux window.

Painted Sky Mural

9. Add Reflective Surfaces

Mount pictures in metallic frames and spread them gallery-style on one wall. Or frame one large photo or print in a metallic frame and hang it in place of a window. The reflection of the frames gives off light and breaks up the wall like a window would.

Collage of Metallic Frames

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