Adding natural light to home

Almost every homeowner wants to know how to maximize natural light. After all, natural light can make a room look brighter and fresher and gives the illusion of spaciousness.  And on a personal level, natural light can put you in a better mood and offers you a good source of vitamin D. That’s right, and homebuyers are putting natural light on the top of their list as a key feature when looking to purchase a new home. Thus, If you want an abundance of natural light in your house, follow these ten tips.

 

1.     Lighten Your Wall Color

windows in living areaPaint your walls with lighter colors such as off-white, cream, or pastel colors. Lighter colored shades make the place look bigger and brighter as it reflects the natural light, unlike dark colors that absorb light.

For your kitchen and bathrooms, give your walls a glossy finish.  Glossy painted walls not only reflect light but also help with cleaning off any water stains.

Another trick is to paint the ceilings two shades lighter than the color of your walls to give the illusion of height.

2.     Add Skylights

Skylights seem expensive at the time of installation but can help you save on electricity costs in the long run. Install them in rooms that receive the most sunlight.

 

3.     Use Mirrors and Reflective Tiles to Help Diffuse Light

Add furniture and accessories that help diffuse light. Metallic, glass and mirrored pieces help make the most of the light that’s coming in and adds style to your house at the same time.

 

4.     Flooring

Wooden, ceramic, or stone floors work best with natural light. The polished finish reflects light as opposed to carpets, of course. However, if you still prefer carpets, stick to light colors.

wood floors

5.     Remove Obstacles

The amount of greenery outside your house has a significant impact on the amount of light inside. Trim the trees, bushes, and other plants that are blocking natural light.

 

6.     Clean!

After you’re done with cutting and trimming the trees outside, head over to your windows and doors and clean them thoroughly. Often, dirty glass is the reason behind lesser natural light.

 

7.     Install Large Windows and Doors

This option requires some extra expense but it is probably the best way to increase brightness in your house. Bi-folding doors are an excellent option since they can transform a wall of your home into a glass entrance.

 

8.     Use Artificial Light

You can’t have natural light in every nook and corner of your house so put up bulbs where natural light doesn’t reach. Install dimmer switches. They will allow you to alter light levels according to the changing levels of natural light.

 

9.     Remove Dark Furniture

Just like paint, opt for light-colored furniture and accessories, especially in spots where they are blocking light from windows and doors.

light colored furniture

10.  Net and Voile Curtains

Pay particular attention to the curtains in your house. Put up curtains that are made of net or voile with blinds behind them. This way, you can control the amount of natural light. Close the blinds if you want to nap in the afternoon!

We hope our article helped to inform you about how to maximize natural light in your home.