Sometimes I walk into a client’s home during the day, and it’s dark; either surrounded by trees or perhaps north facing (and they start talking about pale colours–which will not help).
And not a single light is on.
That’s when I feel like I need to give people permission to turn a light on, certainly in the darkest corners anyways.
Years ago, I lived in one of those box apartments, with windows only at the front of the living room and bedroom (with an overhanging balcony) .
At the back was the dining room, right next to the walk-through kitchen where I had a floor lamp (below). The first thing I would do when I walked in, was turn this light on because it gave the illusion of having a window in that corner. It was on all day, anytime I was home.
So please, especially in the winter, do yourself a favour and keep a light on in the darkest corner of your house! Trust me, it will make you happy!
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Maria Killam is an acclaimed decorator, stylist, and a leading authority on colour. Known for her revolutionary Killam Colour System™ and her innovative Understanding Undertones® Neutral Colour Wheel, she's also an educator, sharing her expertise and insights on all things colour along with her timeless design aesthetic.
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