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It doesn’t take a scientist to know that a brighter room can improve your mood. (They do though, btw). Hence, our ongoing mission to make our homes breezier, lighter and all-around more relaxing. To up our efforts this season, we recently turned to the über-talented Alyssa Rosenheck: As a top interiors photographer and stylist, girlfriend knows a thing or two about maximizing light in a space—lucky for us, she was kind enough to share her secrets.

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Start With An All-White Canvas

“If done correctly, all white everything (walls, trim, etc.) is a powerful design tool. To reference a long-ago physics class, white is technically not a color—it’s a reflective agent with the ability to absorb and disperse light. So a little white paint has one of the biggest impacts in creating a clean canvas for any space. Plus, the lighter the space, the more bold you can be with layers, statement pieces and art.”

Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck, Design: Sean Anderson

Use Matte Paints

“This soft finish allows the most even and equal dispersion of light throughout the space, making it appear visually larger and airier."

Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck, Design: Amanda Barnes Interiors

All Hail Mirrors

“Incorporating mirrors close to, or across from, natural light sources, such as windows and doors, will visually enhance the scale of the space. I like to work mirrors into a design by using them as an extra layer on open shelving, or as platters on a coffee table to stack decorative elements on.”

Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck, Design: Katie Hackworth


“With every seasonal transition, I am a believer of cleaning the windows and removing window screens to allow more light into your space. The feeling of accomplishment when relaxing in a light-bathed space is enough to change my entire day."

Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck, Design: Jason Arnold Interiors


“Edit your space once a quarter, getting rid of unwanted items or pieces that don’t mean anything to you. Countertops, shelves and coffee tables are the most common places for clutter to accrue, which means they’re the best place to start when you’re wanting to make a big house purge.”

Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck, Design: Elsie Larson, Organized: The Home Edit

Keep Window Treatments Breezy and Neutral

“I’m a huge lover of fabric and texture, but it’s important to choose carefully when you’re introducing these design elements into your home, especially if you’re aiming for a feeling of airiness. When choosing drapes, go for the lighter tones, and even consider sheer.”

Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck, Design: Chelsea Robinson Interiors

Consider Vertical Shiplap

“I've been loving shiplap's renaissance lately. This traditional Southern staple is being reimagined in so many new ways, but when done in a vertical arrangement, it immediately adds so much height to a space.”

Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck, Design: Jennifer Robin Interiors

And Clear Furniture

“The best way to make a room feel open and light is incorporating acrylic, Lucite or glass pieces. These items allow all the light in the room to pass through without visually cluttering a space.”

Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck, Design: Raquel Garcia Design

For more airy, inspiring interiors, check out Rosenheck's gorgeous portfolio, and don't miss our exclusive interview on The Coterie.

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