Do you have an area of your home that doesn't have any, or enough windows? No windows can cause a space to look dreary and unwelcoming, but with a bit of creativity, some window shutters, a mirror and some lights, you can create the look of a window to brighten up even the darkest of spaces. You'll be using these pieces to create a faux window that can be illuminated to give it that real window look.
Choose the Shutters
How many faux windows do you want to hang in the room? You don't want to overdo it, but you can surely have more than one in an average size room.
You must choose the shutter before you can pick up any other materials. Take your time when choosing the shutter. Look for one that will be easy to keep clean and is only as functional as you need it to be. For example, if you want to be able to open and close the shutters to expose the mirror behind, then, look for shutters that open and close.
Get the Mirror
The mirror needs to be the same size as the shutter, slightly larger if you'd like to add some trim around the shutter. This mirror doesn't have to be made of the very thick glass – it can be a thin mirror since it will be protected behind the shutter.
Pick the Lights
You have a few options when it comes to the lights. You can pick up string lights that will fit into the tight space between the shutter and the mirror, or you can leave more space between the shutter and the mirror and pick up a fixture for fluorescent tube lights.
The bulbs that you choose will play a big role in how natural the light looks. Find bulbs that are natural, soft light. You don't want bright, white light coming through the shutter or it will be pretty obvious that it's not the sun shining through.
Get some mounting brackets and hang the mirror on the wall. Then, install the lights. Finally, a few more mounting brackets will get the shutters positioned.
This project will not take you very long to complete, but it will have a huge impact on how the room appears morning, noon and night. Hopefully, you find it as enjoyable to create as it will be for you to sit back and enjoy the light filling the formerly dark spaces in your home.