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Brightening up a dark bedroom

We live in a lower-level apartment that is built into a hill, a bit. Our front rooms (living room, dining room, office, etc) are bright with big windows that get lots of sun. But the master bedroom is in the back of the house, which is set into the hillside. Our bedroom window sits right at ground level, and faces the neighbour's fence. It gets NO light at all, which is nice for sleeping but makes the room feel a bit like a cave. Any ideas on making feel a bit less gloomy, and more cozy? It's painted a pale neutral with a white ceiling, and since it's a rental we can't really change the paint colour. We have 2 lamps but they don't help that much.

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Asked by coffee.crisp at 2:13 PM on Apr. 5, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • Add lamps and change to lower wattage light bulbs - ones that are classified as "daylight" usually output light with a temperature around that of direct sunlight (5600k); they provide a cooler, bluer, more vivid light. "Soft white" bulbs have a lower light temperature (3200k) which provides a warmer, more yellowish light.. You could also use mirrors - they will reflect the light from other parts of the room and make it seem a little brighter and even larger.

    Answer by neebug3766 at 2:19 PM on Apr. 5, 2010

  • if your living in a rental you cant really make a real drastic change. but you could add simple things. mirrors are suppose to make a room bigger but they can also reflect light. you could try to make a nice orderly design of small mirrors on one wall or one big one.

    i had one time bought a lamp that your suppse to use outside on the curb or whereever you wanted to outside. it was a plug in type of outside light. i took the pole off of it and used the chain that was attached to hang it up. so now its hanging in the center of my outside gazeebo and i can plug it in whenever i want. you could make yourself a hanging light fixture like that too.

    Answer by americansugar80 at 2:24 PM on Apr. 5, 2010

  • if you added white or bright furniture, that should help too

    Answer by americansugar80 at 2:25 PM on Apr. 5, 2010

  • What kind of window coverings do you have on the windows? Are there lots of windows?

    Can you afford to change your bedding? Maybe something bright & colorful & cheerful?

    Answer by mrsderekjeter at 3:41 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

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