LIVING WITH LOW LIGHT
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.