bringing more light & look to my basement apartment
March 27, 2013 in Design Dilemma
hi I have been trying to bring more light & a better look to my basement apartment & no luck ..
any ideas
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hard to see with these photos. Where is the natural source of light? Ironically your pink bathroom has the best light.
Going to basics for adding light: add more artificial lights - if you can add recessed lighting all the better (and those panels look as if they would be easy to run lighting through if there is enough gap). If not, bring in more table lights or uplighters.
The next thing is bring in more mirrors - as many as you can (either as a gallery of unusually framed mirrors) or as a large mirror
Next take your colour palette from deep purple to lighter tones: a white with a hint of lavender; a pale grey; a blush pink (which is subtle as it gives a psychological warmth to a room).
Your corridor needs either a wallpaper or mirrors to widen it visually and bring in more light.
With better pictures we can talk about furnishings etc...
March 28, 2013 at 12:49AM     
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so it won't be to much going down the entire wall with frame all different of course . i attached 2 pics of mirror frames & don't know where to place them
March 28, 2013 at 1:10AM   
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Hi dwimms
Just for fun now, hang these two mirrors horizontally on your hallway (with the purple wall). Look at the effect. Does it widen the hallway? Do the colours work together. Maybe we can lighten the tone of the purple on the wall.
Here is an example of widening and bringing light into a dark corridor

March 28, 2013 at 1:15AM     
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I'm sorry I took the pics without the lights on I will take better pics with the lights on. I have decent size windows in the bedroom as well as the living room however that doesn't bring in enough light. I keep buying decorating merchandise but I seem to go off
March 28, 2013 at 1:17AM   
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Here to help ;-)
March 28, 2013 at 1:20AM     
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I have a hard time getting up in the morning bc there not enough color & brightness to my place:(
March 28, 2013 at 1:23AM   
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I will lighten the purple paint in the hall anysuggestions on what paints r best? my living room
I paint a light spring green but its not bringing in itchy
March 28, 2013 at 1:28AM   
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colour is one thing, and brightness is another. Start by painting all your walls a light colour - what do you like? pale blue, pale green, pale pink. lavender, cream, beige. This will automatically bring light into your room. Use bright colours as accents. Too much of lots of colour can actually take away light. (You need colours with more white in them for your walls)
March 28, 2013 at 1:59AM     
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