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in­te­rior de­signer vera vil­larosa-orila of­fers quick solutions for dark spa­ces or homes with limited windows.

1. Sim­u­late nat­u­ral light. “halo­gen bulbs can best sim­u­late nat­u­ral day­light but are not as en­ergy ef­fi­cient as cfl or led lights. the proper place­ment of light­ing fix­tures that cre­ate bal­anced light­ing can ap­prox­i­mate nat­u­ral light as well.”

2. Go light in pal­ette, but add color ac­cents. “light, neutral colors al­ways work best in dark spa­ces. this is true in most cases be­cause light colors re­flect more light. but if you’re work­ing with a space that doesn’t have enough light­ing to be­gin with, you may want to re­con­sider. light, neutral colors may ap­pear shad­owy when ap­plied to dark spa­ces, so it’s best to just use a lit­tle color―noth­ing too sat­u­rated.”

3. Min­i­mize win­dow treat­ments. don’t darken a room even fur­ther with fussy cur­tains and heavy drapes. leave the small windows as they are, or add sim­ple roller blinds for pri­vacy.

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