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Layer Light and Color

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Layer Light And Color

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Tools & Materials

Pale interior glossy or semi-gloss paint
Brushes.
Paint rollers
Paint trays
Inside shutters
Bamboo blinds
Sheer curtains
Wood planks
2x4s
Skill saw
Power drill
Wall paint
Electric sander
Wood stain (2 colors)
Lint-free rags
Wood screws
Measuring tape
Level
Silicone caulk
LED bulbs
Accent lights
Task lights
Torchières
Recessed flood lights
Dimmer switch

Paint the Walls

TIP: Combine multiple layers of light and color to make small room seem larger.

1. Paint walls new color.

TIP: The lighter the color and higher the sheen, the more light will reflect and the airier the space will appear.

2. Expand space even more by painting woodwork a shade or two lighter.

Create a Focal Wall

1. Build focal wall behind bed with frame of 2x4s and wood planks.

2. Paint some planks color of walls and sand them so color shows only in wood rings; stain others light shades.

3. Alternate colors and shades as you attach them to frame.

Bring in Natural Light

1. Bring in the sun.

2. Trade heavy drapes for sheers, bamboo blinds, or interior shutters.

Install Lighting

1. If ceiling is next to roof, install skylights.

2. If ceiling is not against roof, run solar tube through attic.

3. Add layers of natural-looking light.

TIP: LED bulbs or low emitting diodes provide warm light of incandescents; use up to 85% less energy; and can last up to 25,000 hours.

4. Use different kinds of LED fixtures to divide room into series of spaces.

5. Install recessed flood lights for ambient lighting.

6. Bring in torchières to bounce light off ceiling and back into room.

TIP: Torchière is tall lamp with open bowl and no shade; 75W to 100W bulbs work best in these lamps.

7. Use table lamps to create pools of light.

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