Photographed by Marcia Prentice for Design Vidal.
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Sky High
“Whenever possible, my favorite way to add light to a dark space is by adding a skylight,” says interior designer Karen Vidal of Design Vidal. “If you’re considering adding a skylight in a bedroom, consider a model with an integrated solar shade so you can block out the sun again if you desire. I think it’s a great solution for a bathroom.”

Vidal also offers another alternative. “Consider smaller than standard windows, like a clerestory, that can be placed high in a room in between studs to let in more light,” recommends the designer. “This can give you a similar effect as a skylight when that option is not possible, and it’s less of a commitment.”