NY Good Questions: How Can I Brighten Up This Apt.?

NY Good Questions: How Can I Brighten Up This Apt.?

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 18, 2008

Dear AT,

Just signed a 2-year lease for a basement-level apartment in Spanish Harlem and I need help and advice on how to make the space brighter and less claustrophobic.

It's a railroad layout with about 8' ceiling (not very high at all) and the only sources of natural light are from the bedroom glass door facing the street and the window and door at the other end that leads out to the backyard...

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We basically need to have the lights on even during the day to illuminate the middle part of the apartment where the living room and kitchen are.

Right now the walls are painted a lighter olive green with white molding in the middle.

Should I repaint all white, paint the molding a different color, keep the molding white, or add mirrors?

Or can the darkness be resolved just by using the right ceiling and floor lighting?

If so, which ones will be "green" and bright enough?

Thanks! CB

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