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Switch to More Romantic Lighting
You may be tempted to light up every corner, but that strategy often backfires, says designer and Homepolish co-founder Noa Santos. Having a few shadows gives your eyes a sense of what's near and far—and when your farthest wall is just as bright as the one closest to you, the walls can look as if they're closing in. Instead, use a dimmer on the overhead fixture (set to half-light), which gives the room a general glow; then wall sconces near the mirrors, which can focus light and reflect it, maximizing the sense of space.