One way of expanding space is by using mirrors to allow your eye to keep traveling, creating an invigorating depth and reflected light that can make a room grow. Another, more sophisticated way is to illumine areas that are usually dark; closets being our primary targets.
By removing the doors to bedroom or hall closet, replacing them with curtains, and lighting the closet from inside, you get:
1. much more room for getting into and out of your closet
2. an easier time finding what you are looking for
3. a beautiful indirect light that warms as it illuminates your room.
It is this light that will give your room a much more expansive feeling.
Curtains: For the best effect, sheer or light curtains that allow the light to pass through are recommended. We like cotton canvas panel curtains from Pottery Barn (Carlisle), Ikea or West Elm because they are cheap and have a nice off white color. For rods, we use whatever works and is the least noticeable. We like pressure rods that fit inside the frame, tension wire (if needed) or simple metal rods that don’t stick out (no finials). Lately, we really like the Drop-in Metal Rods from Pottery Barn (store only). MGR
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