letting the light in…

Last week I did some spring cleaning, which included my home office armoire.  When I opened my own home office desk drawer, something struck me like lightening…why am I staring into a black hole trying to find a paperclip?

what's in here?

what’s in here?

What does this mean?  It’s the difference between dark and light…when you open a drawer or cabinet are you able to see what you have inside or are you looking for a flashlight so that you can figure out where things are?  It means that the interior of the drawer or cabinet is light enough to see into or that there is enough light so that you find what you need.

My reorganized drawer...

My reorganized drawer…

This has been brewing with me for a while now.  Since the dark cabinet trend took hold several years ago…you know, dark cabinets in the kitchen and expresso furniture…no one can find anything in the dark.

my current client's drawer divider...not for long

my current client’s drawer divider…not for long

When the interior of your drawers or cabinets is dark, you’ve got to have great lighting or only store white objects, if you want to see what is going on inside

consider lighting when choosing a dark bookcase over a light one

consider lighting when choosing a dark bookcase over a light one

White...easy to see everything inside

White…easy to see everything inside

a black metal desk...I've added bins to help the visual id of objects inside

a black metal desk…I’ve added bins to help the visual id of objects inside

a dark interior requires a lot of attention to find what you need

a dark interior requires a lot of attention to find what you need

Sometimes dark cabinets compensate by making the interiors lighter, which is smart in my books…

Making the interior light while the outside is darker is the best of both worlds...

Making the interior light while the outside is darker is the best of both worlds…

Does this mean you can’t buy a black bookcase or a house with dark kitchen cabinets…no, but it’s something to take into consideration…will you be able to see what you are looking for?


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