Natural light changes the entire atmosphere in a home. When
was the last time that you walked into a poorly lit room and felt warm and
happy? I’ll bet the answer is never. Proper natural lighting creates a warm
ambience, making a home feel comfortable and homey.
Well illuminated rooms make your home feel bigger.
Natural light has a way of fooling the eye to make a room
feel more airy and spacious. Increasing the amount of natural light in your
home will make it feel a lot bigger.
Natural sunlight also has great health benefits. It is
essential for human beings to thrive. Our skin, eyes, hair and overall
well-being need natural sunlight to be healthy. Natural light is also very
therapeutic and is essential for people’s overall mental health.
How to include more natural sunlight into your home.
Keep your windows clean
Dirty windows block a lot of sunlight from filtering into
the room. Cleaning your windows from dust and dirt that accumulated on them
will allow more natural sunlight into the room.
Repaint the walls
The paint colors of a room have an effect on the amount of
light that is noticeable as well as how it’s dispersed throughout a room.
Lighter shades of paint reflect the light that comes in. Darker colors of paint
don’t reflect light that well, making the room feel darker. White paint around
the window trims helps more light filter in as well.
Choose Lightweight Drapes
Maximize the light coming in through your windows by
installing window treatments that allow the sun to filter through. Thick
drapery, heavy blinds and layered fabric curtains keep out a lot of natural
sunlight. Instead, install lighter weight fabrics such as linen and cotton to
maximize the amount of sun filtering into the room.
Add Reflective Decorative Elements
Reflective surfaces bounce light around the room and give
the impression of more light. Hanging a mirror on the wall opposite or adjacent
to a window reflects the light around different areas of the room. Experiment
with the mirror in different areas of the room to ensure that the light doesn’t
shine in people’s eyes before installing it.
Other reflective items like glass tabletops and chrome
increase the flow of light in a room as well. Mirrored furniture is a great
option as well and serves dual purposes. It provides a decorative element
and reflects natural sunlight in the room.
Install a tubular skylight
Regular skylights are quite expensive and often cause
problems such as rainwater leakage. Tubular skylights are a great alternative
and are more budget friendly. They reflect light into your home via a tube
that’s about 18” wide, that’s installed in the roof. The costs for installation
are minimal. A tubular skylight brings the warming rays of the sun directly
into your home.
What other tips have you found to bring more natural light
into your home?