Nothing beats the warm feeling of sunlight on your face after a long, cold winter. Bring it into your home, and it will lift your spirits, improve your health, and even save you money on energy.
Interestingly, the numerous advantages of increased natural light in your home have not gone unnoticed, as potential homebuyers are now citing “lots of natural light” as a major aspect they look for when selecting a new home, and they are willing to pay for it.
You’ll be surprised at how many different ways there are to bring more natural light into your home:
Choose The Best Colour Palette
Color, as you may recall from art class, can either absorb or reflect light. Dark colors absorb light, so a dark blue room with many windows will appear dull and dreary in comparison to a room painted white, light greyish, or light tan. The lighter colors act as a mirror, reflecting light around the room.
Don’t overlook the ceiling. The room will feel larger, taller, and brighter if the ceiling is a few shades lighter than the walls.
To improve the reflective properties of the surface color, use a glossier, satin, or semi-gloss paint.
Install Larger Windows or Doors
If you’re on the lookout for new windows or doors, now is a great time to increase the amount of natural light coming in. Because of advancements in window manufacturing, there is less framework, resulting in more exposed glass. For the most impact, choose picture, bow, or bay windows. These can be combined with fixed and operable units to provide plenty of light and ventilation.
Stack transom or radius windows above your existing windows to add light while maintaining privacy.
Wash The Windows
This may seem like a no-brainer, but washing your windows and glass doors thoroughly will ensure that the maximum amount of sunlight filters through the glass and shines brightly throughout your living area. Do you believe there isn’t much dirt on your windows? Take a look at the cleaning cloth you used. You’re probably wondering how any light got through at all.
Heavy, brocade draperies are out, replaced by light, airy sheers. Remember your grandmother’s old house, where the draperies were so dense that you couldn’t tell if it was day or night? Window treatments have evolved dramatically over time to reflect more simple trends.
It’s time to remove those Roman shades that block sunlight even when they’re open and let in some natural light. Choose sheer draperies in a single panel so that you can pull the back and enjoy the beautiful view outside. Plantation shutters are another popular option because they allow you to control the amount of sunlight you want and can be angled in any direction with a twist of the wand.
Skylights are a one-of-a-kind and efficient way to bring light into your home. They are available in a variety of sizes and designs and are frequently used in high-traffic areas such as bathrooms and family rooms. You’ll definitely want a professional to handle this project because you’ll need to cut a hole in the ceiling, site-build a skylight well, and then install the skylight so that it fits perfectly without leaking. Skylights are the ultimate “light magnet” because they not only let in sunlight, but a full moon may even save you money on your utility bill.
Add A Reflective Backsplash
Bathroom and kitchen backsplashes are very fashionable, and with so many material options, you’ll have no trouble finding something that matches your decor. Glass tiles are a great substitute for ceramic tile. Recycled glass tiles are more environmentally friendly than ceramic tiles, are resistant to stains and mold, and reflect as much light like mirrors.
For maximum reflection, use high-gloss tiles, such as the popular subway tiles, or metallic tiles.
Trim Trees Outside Windows And Doors
Outside your home, landscaping and trees improve the appearance and create an appealing curb appeal. Of course, as the greenery outside grows, the light inside diminishes. Trim any tree branches, shrubs, or climbing vines that are obstructing windows or doors. To keep an unobstructed view and natural light pouring in, consider replacing overgrown plants with low-lying perennials for flowering annuals.
We often take natural resources for granted, such as sunlight, but by making a conscious effort to incorporate them into our homes, we can improve our health, spirit, budget, and life quality. Have you found any ways to add more light to your home? Please share some of them in the comments below.