Windowless Room: 8 Interior Design Tips / Tricks

January 24, 2017
Posted in Ideas

Replanning of the house frequently leads to the emergence of windowless rooms: they may serve as offices, living rooms, game rooms and even bedrooms. How to design them in such a way that they don’t remind of a dark closet?

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1. Additional light sources

The golden rule of windowless room interiors is the arrangement of versatile light sources. But this doesn’t mean that you must just buy a chandelier with powerful bulbs – your task is to simulate daylight. For this purpose it’s better to arrange a few lamps giving diffused light. Ideally if the lamps are out of sight – this enhances the illusion of natural light coming from a window. They can be installed on the ceiling or recessed. As for the color temperature, it must be close to neutral white (daytime) light.

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On the photo an LED band is installed into the wardrobe doors, which creates the effect of closed shutters on a common window.

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2. Internal windows

If the privacy policy allows, you may arrange an interior window. Of course, it won’t replace natural light, but at least some of it will come from the adjacent room.

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3. Transom

If an interior window is treated as an invasion of privacy, consider a transom. This small window in the top part of the wall serves as an extra light source.

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4. Artworks and Wall Murals

Photo-wallpaper or a beautiful white-framed landscape may become a “window into the nature”. And panoramic pictures with the image of open windows overlooking a green lawn may be a good alternative to the real window.

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5. Room Dividers

Room dividers arranged instead of walls are one more designer trick. On the one hand they provide necessary privacy, and on the other hand, can be removed to let the daylight flow into the windowless room when needed.

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6. Mirrors

So that the lack of a window wasn’t felt so forcefully, its presence may be simulated with the help of a common big-size mirror. It looks less fake than a faux window.

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7. White walls

Their potential in extending the space is known even by those who barely know anything about interior design rules. This is explained by this color’s ability to reflect light instead of absorbing it. So, the ceiling in a windowless room must be definitely white. Color scheme of walls and furniture should also be preferably light. Let small décor and accessories be a bright accent.

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8. Drapery

They are indispensable in creating the impression of a window. Drape the wall above your headboard or behind the back of your couch and you will believe that there is a window behind it!

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