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Decor Q&A: Brighten a Dark Room?

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The Nest Q&A

Our den only has one small window. How do we brighten the room?

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The easiest way to perk up your living room is with paint -- think yellow, Tiffany blue, or bright green. Another light-catching trick: mirrors. Place a large mirror directly across from the window and you're practically adding a second window on the opposite wall. Not only will you get the same open feeling, but the light in the room is literally doubled. Or try an optical illusion: Install curtains not just on either side of the window, but also extended over part of the wall. That way, when you open the curtains to reveal the one small window, it will appear as if there is plenty more window you're simply choosing not to reveal. Get more window treatment ideas.

-- Amy Spencer

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