How Do I Light My House The Best Way?
8 Ways to bring more natural light into your home
Natural light is said to be the number one feature people look for when buying a family home. Daylight exposure has been related to changes in our health and mood, and natural light will make a room warmer and clearer in the home and give more space to breathe. Those eight top tips are a great place to start if you want to fill your home with natural light.
- Light colours
Bring lighter colors onto your walls by banishing wallpaper declaration and dark block colors in favor of a soft white paint tone. White shades can make space feel brighter because it reflects the natural light that enters the room, rather than absorb it.
Consider using brilliant white paint on walls as it can make you feel cold in space, and an off-white shade can create a much warmer effect. Another trick is to paint a few shades lighter at the ceiling than the walls to create the illusion of height and space. Choosing a paint with a satin finish helps to more than matt paint reflects the light.
- Shiny surfaces
Go glossy with shiny surfaces on units in your kitchen and bathroom, again this will reflect light flowing into the room and make space look brighter and larger.
In other rooms, it can help disperse light by installing furniture and accessories with a reflective surface. Metallic, glass and mirrored pieces can all help make the most of the light available and add trendy touches all over the home.
- The right flooring
Flooring can also be converted into light-friendly reflectors by choosing polished finished wooden, ceramic or stone floors which reflect much softer than carpets. Whether you like a carpet, stick to white, light colors.
Don't forget about the impact that greenery can have on the light levels inside out of your home. Turn your attention to your garden and decorate any trees, bushes or climbing plants that grow around your windows and doors.
- Clean windows
While you're outside, give your windows and glass doors a thorough clean to ensure as much light as possible can filter through the glass and into your home.
If you have the money then installing large new windows and doors is the best way to increase the natural light in your house. Bi-folding doors are a particularly good choice since they can turn your home's entire wall into a window for breathtaking views and unparalleled levels of light.
- Artificial light
Enhance the brightness with artificial light that will boost any natural light coming into your house, rather than taking over. Pay particular attention to places where light does not penetrate from the walls, such as tight corners, corridors or alcoves.
Installing dimmer switches will allow you to have greater control over how a room is illuminated, allowing you to slowly alter the light levels throughout the day as natural light in your home changes.
- Light furniture
Replace the dark furniture and accessories wherever possible in favor of lighter shades, particularly if they block light from windows and doors. Pay special attention to blinds and curtains because thick, dark window treatments will obstruct the entrance of light into your home.
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