With Jessica Baucom
This one’s for all of you north-facing, apartment, or basement dwellers (or, worse, north-facing basement apartment dwellers who no doubt have the brunt of it) that don’t have enough light in their lives. Before you knock down any walls, consider any of these tips and tricks for bringing in more of that lovely light.
Mirrors are your friends when it comes to dispersing light throughout a space. Trick your eye, and use one over a large piece of furniture in lieu of art or lean one against the wall where you have some space to fill.
Mirror links, left to right and top to bottom: BDDW “Captain’s” mirror, Apartment Therapy DIY Project, Ochre “Gesso and Verre Englomise“ mirror, Pottery Barn “Eleanor“ frameless mirrors, Room & Board “Loft” leaning mirror, Room & Board “Studio” leaning mirror, Sundance “Hudson” mirror, BDDW “Leather” mirror, Uhuru “Antique Mod” mirror, Oly “Natasha” mirror, Crate & Barrel “Mix Mirror Set,” Sundance “Factory” mirror.
How you treat your window coverings will have a big affect on the light that’s coming in, not just what you’re keeping out. Try to focus on light fabrics that will help illuminate and diffuse your light source if you’re out to make the most of what little you have.
Window coverings links, left to right and top to bottom: Parma Lilac “Perspex Shutters,” Pottery Barn “Paxton Roller” Roman shade, Pottery Barn “Ribbon” Roman shade, West Elm Jute/Poly Roman shade, Castica “Sonoma” shade, IKEA window panel.
Lighting is so important. Even if you’ve poured money into making your space look just how you want it, the wrong lighting can make the entire project fall flat. The bulbs you choose will make or break the effect each light fixture can have. For task lighting, use a true color bulb like GE’s “Reveal Line” because they are designed to let off a cool, bright light that’s great for detail work. For overhead lighting, try halogen bulbs that will let off the best white light, which not only make your space look great, but last longer than the standard incandescent. Also, just as a handful of the fixtures pictured below show, a beautiful historic bulb will give a fresh look to any fixture. Try www.rejuventation.com for a myriad of options.
Lighting credits and links, left to right and top to bottom: IKEA “Kulla” ceiling lamp, “Edison Bulb” via Google images, Pottery Barn “Architect’s Table Lamp,” Circa Lighting “Serge” single sconce, CFL bulbs via Google images, Gus “Modern Vintage Swing Arm” lamp from Design Public, Schoolhouse Electric “Alabas Surface” fixture, “Angel de Mountain” table lamp via Remodelista.com, refurbished vintage fixture via Remodelista.com, IKEA “Kulla” floor lamp, Restoration Hardware “Wine Barrel” chandelier.