Listen, there's a reason basements have the reputation of being dark, dreary, depressing spaces where monsters tend to lurk. But just because natural light doesn't shine in this subterranean space, it doesn't mean you can't brighten up this valuable square footage with a little artificial help like did.
Her genius hack involves creating a fake (albeit very realistic-looking) 30-by-36-inch window for under $100 with the help of LED Plant Grow Lights (and some secretive curtains). She opted for these bulbs, because they're bright, shallow, have plug-in ability, and produce low heat. Even better? These savvy lights are designed to help plants grow, meaning she can have her faux sunshine and her orchids, too.
Here's what they looked like before:
To enhance the window imitation, she hung a frame with an acrylic cover on top of the lights, then painted a cornstarch matte finish on the cover to help diffuse the light. And the final touch was a pair of transparent, cozy curtains.
Here's the final look:
Genius, no? But we're curious: Have you ever tried a DIY like this at home? We'd love to hear about your best window or basement solutions.