you said: "This bedroom has no windows. Help!"


Shelterrific reader Ivy wrote us an email the other day: “My good buddy Jodi is moving into a new place next month, and her bedroom is downright windowless. Not even a skylight. Any ideas for making the room feel more airy and less boxy? Barring a mirror-fest, we’re low on ideas.”

Well, Ivy, if there’s one thing we have it’s plenty of ideas. We tossed this dilemna around a bit and came up with a few suggestions. First off, here’s an old trick that Megan and Bunny learned during their stints at MSL: paint the ceiling a lighter hue than the rest of the walls and start a foot from the top (you need a level to get the straight lines around the perimeter), so it’s more like a “cap.”

That will work if you’re looking for a traditional fix. But Megan had another suggestion: Why not create a trompe l’oeil window? You could either paint a faux window scene, or you could literally take a real window and hang it up, line it with flower boxes, wall-paper a sky scene behind it, maybe even illuminate it from behind to fake sun. We did a quick search online and found that this idea is not that uncommon. Check out the the Faux Window with Petunias above from, which just cracks us up. Or visit The sky Factory for illuminated variations.

Another suggestion is to put a wallpaper mural on one wall. Bamboo forest prints like the one can look very modern and work well with naturally stained furniture. The alternative would be to go in the other direction: Why fight the windowless room? Most of the time spent in a bedroom is while you’re sleeping. Your friend could embrace the coziness by painting the walls a dark color or wallpapering three of them. Does anyone else have any suggestions for Ivy and Jodi? Please let us know!

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