How to Boost Natural Light in Your Home
Natural light is a secret weapon in your home. When we walk into a home with great natural lighting, we often think “wow I love this space, I enjoy being in it” without actually realising why. Natural light in your home improves the aesthetics and liveability of your space, freshens the air in a room, brings in warmth & vitamin D, makes rooms feel comfortable & cosy plus it connects us to nature and the outdoors creating positive energy and well-being. So how can we bring more of this amazing light into our home?
- Declutter your windows – use curtains or blinds that can be opened right up to allow as much natural light as possible to come in when they’re open. Move couches, cupboards, etc. away from the window if possible. The use of lightweight, sheer, white curtains can be great for privacy while still reflecting filtered natural light into the home.
- Introduce lighter colours to your walls – get rid of dark wallpapers and block colours in favour of a soft shade of white paint. This will make a space feel brighter as it reflects the natural light entering the room, rather than absorbing it. Another trick is painting your ceiling a couple of shades lighter than your walls, this creates the illusion of height and space. Paints with satin finishes will reflect more light than matt finishes too.
- Use mirrors – a strategically placed mirror will do wonders for bouncing natural light around a room. Mirrors hung opposite windows or glass doors would be ideal.
- Clean your windows! This one is pretty obvious, but a clean window visually removes the “barrier” between you and the outdoors (rather than looking out a dirty window!)
- Trim the trees outside your windows – again this one is pretty self-explanatory, you’ll want to remove any external blocks to natural light flowing in.
- If you have some money in your budget for bigger alterations, natural light could definitely be increased indoors by; installing a skylight in dark areas/rooms; removing a wall for more open plan living; installing glass doors (even if they’re tinted or frosted for privacy); using glass or highly reflective tiles for kitchen/ bathroom backsplashes.
Natural light in the home has positive impacts on our health, wellbeing and productivity, plus it can help you cut down on electricity costs. With the above tips we’re sure you will see and feel the benefits immediately!