Typically dark, drab and cavelike, windowless rooms tend to pose a design challenge. They are often the space in your home that is most difficult to determine a proper use and, of course, how to add light.

Here are some tips on ways to shed light on windowless spaces.

DO:

Add plenty of mirrors. Mirrors in a windowless space instantly act as “windows” and will make a small space feel larger.

Consider size and scale. Proper scale is key in these spaces, so they don’t feel stuffed or closed in.

Add plenty of extra light. Light sources — ideally three or four different types — will help prevent a windowless room from feeling overly dark.

Consider adding an interior window or clerestory. Adding an interior window will help as far as emitting some light.

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Go light and bright. Light colors such as white, taupe and beige will help make a windowless space feel brighter.

DON’T:

Overdo it with dark colors. Dark or darker shades of warm colors will cause walls to visually recede and will close in a space.

Discard windowless rooms. These spaces can still be functional and purposeful. Common uses include home offices and even nurseries.

Overlook artwork. Artwork plays a key role in adding interest to a windowless space.

Forget greenery, accents and accessories. These spaces should shine and be presented just like any other room in your home.

Introduce too many colors. A palette of two or three colors will help the space maintain a clean, fresh look.