Windowless rooms are common in many homes, whether it's a room tucked away in an odd corner of the house or one in the basement. However, that doesn't mean these rooms have to be dreary. By adding the right accessories, homeowners can replicate the look of the great outdoors. This will bring life to the room and make it a more inviting place for family to gather. By combining several techniques, the room should take on more of an outdoor feel.
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Things you need
- Light fixtures
- Indoor/outdoor furniture
- Decorative accessories
- Faux rock panelling
- Hardwood flooring
Paint the walls a light colour like robin's egg blue or pale yellow, both popular colours in cottage-style homes. These homes tend to be open with plenty of windows and light paint adding to their airiness. While you can't add a window, you can add the paint, bringing a lighter touch to the indoors.
Add a mural of an outdoor scene to a wall such as a scene from the beach or a forest. Try the trompe l'oeil technique of making two-dimensional images appear three-dimensional. This will add depth to your mural and create the illusion of the outdoors inside.
Hang mirrors on the walls. Mirrors reflect light, making your windowless room brighter. Large mirrors work well for this effect.
Add recessed lights in the ceiling near the mural to give the illusion of sunlight.
Hang curtains on the mural wall, complete with a curtain rod and curtain tie backs, to create the illusion of a false window. Select curtains made of a light, gauzy fabric.
Bring in potted plants. Because this room has no natural light, use silk plants. Arrange them generously throughout the room to replicate the look of an outdoor patio. Use a mix of potted trees as well as flowering plants that hang from the ceiling in garden-type hangers.
Select furniture that looks like it could be used indoors or outdoors. For example, choose furniture covered with canvas upholstery in light tones. Try patterns on the upholstery typically associated with the outdoors such as nautical stripes or tropical florals. Other furniture choices include those made from wicker or rattan, materials also associated with outdoor living.
Choose accessories that also feature a light colour scheme. Opt for outdoor-related accessories such as birdhouses, garden statues or outdoor cushions and pillows. For accessories at little to no cost, add bowls of seashells or a rock collection to the room.
Add faux rock panelling or veneer to the walls and a stone fountain that recycles water continuously. Faux rock panelling adds a natural element to the room and is simple to install following the manufacturer's instructions. Fountains are typically associated with outdoor spaces and are popular in outdoor rooms as well as in landscapes.
Add extra light to the room. Try light fixtures that are associated with the outdoors such as lanterns. Add string lights for romantic evenings.
Install hardwood floors if possible. Carpeting doesn't give the feeling of the outdoors, but wood does. Painted wood floorboards replicate the feeling of a beach cottage while hardwood alone is reminiscent of a deck.