Natural light is one of the most beneficial features to have in your home. It is the ideal tool to give your space an impression of openness, warmth and welcome. Which just happens to be at the top of the list of features most potential buyers want! Not all houses or rooms benefit from or are built with natural light. Fortunately, there are clever ways to make the most of the incoming rays that give the illusion of more light in their absence! Here are our tips for bringing light to your interior.
Paint with light colors.
When choosing an interior paint color, think about BRIGHTNESS. For dark spaces, the lighter the shade, the better. Light colors reflect the light entering a room, unlike dark colors. Wall painting is an important way to incorporate more light into your home. Metallic and acrylic accents reflect the light and also give the illusion of a more open and larger space!
White will obviously be the brightest color, but a cream or off-white shade will make the room feel warm. Other cool tones like gray or light blue will help make your space soft and inviting … without looking like a hospital room! So, you don’t have to go for white. Here are the colors that bring light:
- The White
- White breaks
- Pastel colors (ivory, pale blue, powder pink)
- Colors with metallic reflections
Also, don’t just focus on the walls to maximize the natural light in your home. Paint your eaves white to reflect more light into your rooms. Also choose a ceiling color a few shades brighter than the walls to achieve a stronger illusion of light.
Be ingenious with your windows
If you are in the process of designing your home, or at least have some flexibility in the jobs you want to do, remember these tips for natural light. Depending on where you live in the world and the orientation of your home, how the rising sun and the setting sun will affect you and your family. Consider your lifestyle. Are you an early riser? Do you like to wake up in the sun or do you prefer to keep the morning light for your main living places? Consider these important considerations for window placement when drawing natural light into your home.
Keep your windows clean to let in as much natural light as possible. It may sound simple, but cleaning windows, blinds, even lamp shades, and light bulbs makes a big difference. So wash your windows!
Keep the space open
Thus, the light will be able to reach a larger part of the room. Unintentionally blocking windows when arranging your furniture can cut off a room’s natural light. Rearrange your space so that natural light sources remain free and unobstructed. Keep the larger pieces toward the center of the room. Even trinkets on a window sill block a surprising amount of light. Many people cut off the flow of natural light into their homes by shutting off their larger light sources. Don’t make this mistake! Move your furniture a few meters from doors and windows. This will help prevent blocking the sunlight.
Your windows are your first asset in providing natural light. So avoid covering them with curtains or drapes that are too heavy. Instead, opt for a lightweight cotton or linen fabric. Also prefer light colors for your curtains. Also choose blinds that give you good light control. Remember to keep shrubs and bushes near your neatly trimmed windows! Large tree branches can cover windows and block sunlight. To maximize the potential for natural light, cut away any long branches that hang over the windows. If you are planting new trees or shrubs, place them away from windows or glass doors.
Adding mirrors to your home is an inexpensive way to increase natural light. Mirrors reflect light and bounce sunlight around the room. Placing mirrors in dark hallways and small rooms can brighten the atmosphere.
Replace solid interior doors
Interior doors contribute to soundproofing, which is very important in open spaces. However, solid doors obstruct the light. Try as much as possible to remove doors and open spaces that do not need silence. This will come in handy for sharing the light from room to room.
If you want to keep the spaces soundproofed, opt for glass doors instead.
Install a glass floor to add light
This is a bold enough idea to increase natural light and may not be a solution for those with vertigo.
If you have a first or second floor filled with light, you could install a glass floor to let light into the room below.
Because yes, glazing isn’t just for exterior windows. Interior glazing can be a solution for a dark room while providing a physical barrier between two spaces, for example. If you have a darker room next to a better-lit one but don’t want to physically connect the two, you can use interior glazing to bring the two together visually.
Likewise, if you cannot add additional windows to an exterior wall or make them larger, interior glazing is a good solution for transferring light from one room to another.