Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling increase natural light in their living room using this innovative trick

The Hitch actress presents a brilliant solution for filling her home with sunlight

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Have you ever wondered about how to make your home feel brighter? Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling just might have the answers. Eva, The Other Guys actress, took to Instagram to share her midcentury modern living room, and interior designers were impressed by how the couple increases natural light in their home.

Peek inside Eva Mendes and husband Ryan Gosling's rarely-seen living space below.

The humorous Instagram video shows Eva Mendes joking with the camera while dusting her glass Noguchi coffee table with a Skura-style wipe. Eva kneels on a tan and black rattan rug with a light greige sofa behind her. In the background of the bright room, we note Eva Mendes's large warehouse-style windows and the wall of door-sized windowpanes leading into the next room. Sky-blue reflections on the coffee table indicate that the room could include skylights as well. 

Interior design experts love the light living room idea, which they say is brightened by four main design features: the warehouse-sized windows, the windowed wall, the white walls, and the glass coffee table. We explored each in depth with the experts below.

Design experts say that warehouse-style windows and glass walls are the main light-increasing features in Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling's living room. Constantine Anest, a design-focused contractor, begins, 

'The contemporary warehouse-style windows contribute to the aesthetic appeal of the interior, adding a touch of modernity and industrial charm. The large, expansive windows on the wall create a sense of openness and spaciousness in the room, making it feel brighter and more inviting. The minimalistic design of the windows also adds a sleek and clean look to the space, enhancing the overall contemporary feel.'

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Constantine Anest

Constantine Anest is a Denver, Colorado-based contractor and owner of Orix Contracting. His company emphasizes creating spaces that will make his clients' lives better with a focus on style and quality.

Constantine continues, 'The benefits of these windows for natural light are numerous. The expansive size of the windows allows for a significant amount of natural light to enter the space, brightening up the interior and creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The warehouse-style windows are made of large glass panels, which maximizes the amount of light that can enter the room. The abundant natural light not only reduces the need for artificial lighting during the day but also creates a connection between the inside and outside.' 

He emphasizes that these windows are a brilliant mood-boosting design idea that can help boost happiness and productivity.

Jen Ebert, Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens, states that the white living room idea and reflective surfaces in Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling's home are also huge contributors to the light feeling in the space. 'The white walls and white floors create a reflective surface in this mid-century modern living room,' says Jen. 'This allows the bright light from multiple windows to bounce off the walls and multiply across the room, resulting in an exceptionally bright space.

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Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Deputy Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens online. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

Jen adds, 'Glass furniture like the clear coffee table further brightens Eva's space. It allows the light to flow through, rather than blocking the sun. This property offers the full, bright feeling in this living room.'

Shop Eva Mendes's coffee table below to get started on curating your very own light-filled space. With Eva's tips, you can learn to make even the darkest living room brighter.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.