How to Make a Kitchen Without Windows Appear Lighter

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Your kitchen may be the center of activity in your home, but if it's located in the center of other rooms, you're stuck with no windows. A lack of outside light can make the room feel dark and closed in, but a few decorating tricks can offset this. For most people, adding light and life to a kitchen is a do-it-yourself project.

Things You'll Need

  • Painting supplies including white or light-colored paint
  • Flooring supplies including light-colored flooring
  • Lighting
  • Full-spectrum lightbulbs
  • Plants
  • Mirror
  • Paint the room white or a very light color such as pale yellow. Paint the cabinets as well as the walls and install a light-colored counter top. Use a glossy paint to reflect light and to make cleanup easy, a plus for kitchens where you need to clean up grease spatters and spills often.

  • Install a light-colored floor. Light hardwood or laminate or light-colored tile will help reflect light and keep the room from feeling closed in. A hard surface also makes it easy to wipe up kitchen spills.

  • Install additional lighting such as overhead lights and under-cabinet task lighting. Place full-spectrum bulbs in some of the light fixtures. Full-spectrum bulbs emit light closest to daylight, without harmful UVA or UVB rays. These bulbs have a bluish glow and are used to treat people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder. In your kitchen, they'll mimic the look of daylight pouring in through the windows.

  • Add plants to your kitchen decor. Plants bring the outside indoors and help clean the air. Plants such as English ivy, peace lily and philodendron do well indoors in low-light conditions and filter toxins from cleaners, plastics and other contaminants from the air.

  • Borrow light from adjacent rooms. Position a mirror so it reflects daylight and outdoor scenery into your kitchen. Or, cut a pass-through in a wall from the kitchen into a room with natural light.

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