Working With A Shade-y Home

Working With A Shade-y Home

Rebecca Orlov
Nov 6, 2009
[One of our two windows that didn't really see the light]
When we lived in New York a few years ago, we thought we had found the perfect studio with a full kitchen, a dishwasher, great layout, an exposed brick wall and two big windows. Once we moved in, we realized that the apartment was...

...completely shaded by other buildings. Since we viewed the space in the late afternoon, we just assumed that there would be light in the morning through the courtyard. Um, not so much (and a lesson learned about asking about light when viewing apartments).

We decided to deal with the shade issue by considering the lighting in our space. Although the space was small, we had a few table lamps and a chandelier. Not only did the lighting brighten our space but it add some balance to our small home. We also used mirrors to expand the space and reflect the light. This really helped.

Do you live in a shade-y home? Share with us your story and how you are working with it.

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