Date Published: October 17th, 2018
Natural lighting is an important factor in any home and not just because it makes everything look better. Natural light can impact your wellbeing, your mood and is a lot more economical too.
If your home doesn’t get much daylight, or you’d like to make the most of the natural light it does get, then follow this complete guide on what you can do to enhance the natural lighting around the house and in specific rooms.
Choose the right shade of white
While lighter colours are preferred to help bring brightness to your home, it’s best if you avoid using a brilliant white paint on the walls because it can leave the space feeling particularly cold. Instead, choose an off-white shade to have a warmer effect in the room.
You can also give rooms the illusion of height and space by painting the ceiling a few shades lighter than the walls.
Shutters in the home
For a minimally chic look you can have shutters installed in the home. White wooden shutters are great for adding brightness to any space and their design allows for natural light to flood the room whilst protecting your privacy. If you’re having them installed in the bathroom make sure you choose a style that’s waterproof so the wood doesn’t warp with the moisture.
Avoid heavy curtains
Curtains might bring a finish to the room design, but try and avoid heavy, thick designs as they can soak up a lot of the light from the room. If you really want curtains opt for sheer and light fabrics.
Install new windows
If your budget calls for it, you might want to install new and bigger windows to let more natural light into your rooms. If it’s possible install them facing south to ensure that you make the most of the sunlight from morning to night. Choosing white frames will also help to reflect the light.
Install a skylight
Again, this depends on your budget as well as your home’s structure. But a skylight is a great way to make sure your room has plenty of daylight whilst the sun is out.
Use mirrors effectively
Incredibly effective and a rather cost-efficient way of ensuring your home is filled with natural light is by using mirrors around the home. This helps you to use the light that is already there and reflect it wherever you choose.
Small shiny details
Not only can you use mirrors to reflect light around the room, but the addition of small mirrored accessories like photo frames, candle holders, placemats etc, can help the room to appear lighter. This will also make you think outside the box when it comes to your interior design.
Glass door panes
Another great way of encouraging a flow of natural lighting throughout the home is by using glass panes in the doors around your home. You can also apply this to interior doors.
If you’re worried about privacy in some of the rooms, or particularly your front or back door, you can use mottled glass panes.
Like the mirrored accessories, metallic touches in the rooms are a great way of dispersing light around the room. Brass, copper, silver or gold accents can be a really great way of improving the natural lighting in the house while keeping your interior design interesting.
Keeping your windows clear from shade and shadows that can be caused by furniture or trees or bushes outside is an easy way to let the natural light flood the home.
Make the most of the sun’s natural rays in your home all-year round with our tips above, and reap the benefits of natural light in your house.