Studies have shown that more than 25 percent of homeowners would love to have natural light in their homes. Having spent more than a year indoors due to the pandemic, we have realized the importance of natural light and homeowners are looking for ways to let the light flow in. Poor natural lighting can contribute to feeling down and unhappy about the appearance of the home. Regular exposure to daylight has also been associated with the improvement in mood and it also makes the room brighter and lighter giving the feeling of more space. If you are looking to flood the home with natural light, here are a few ways you can start.
1. Choose light colors
It is best to use light colors on the walls by banishing the statement wallpaper or the dark block colors. Instead, opt for soft white paint. You can also consider different shades of white that can make the space feel brighter and reflect the natural light that enters the room, instead of absorbing it. It is best to avoid using white paint on the walls as it could make the space feel cold. However, using an off-white shade can create a warmer effect. If you already have brilliant white paint, you can let the light flow in and use blackout curtains when it gets too much to handle, especially mid-noon. You can also paint the ceiling a few shades lighter than the walls so as to create the illusion of space and height.
2. Shiny surfaces
Try going glossy in the bathroom or kitchen with shiny surfaces on the units. This will reflect the light that filters in the room and will make your space look bigger and brighter. When in the kitchen, look for a light color scheme and maintain the same through the cabinet doors and walls. It will allow the natural light to reflect off the surface and make it look spacious. You need not opt for cream or white. Think of greys or blues. For the other rooms, you can add accessories or furniture with a reflective surface to ensure it diffuses light. Glass, metallic, and mirrored accessories will help make the most of the light flowing into your home.
3. Focus on the flooring
You can choose the right type of flooring to reflect light. Transform it into light-friendly reflectors by picking ceramic, wooden, or stone floors that come with a polished finish. It helps reflect more light than the carpet.
4. Check the plants
The greenery outside the home can have an impact on the light level inside. You need to turn your attention on the garden and trim the trees, plants, or bushes. They could be growing around the windows and doors and could block the light from flowing in.
5. Clean the windows
When you are outside, you must give the doors and windows a thorough cleaning to ensure that maximum light flows in through the glass and inside the home. If you do not have glass windows, you can install them if the budget allows. This will increase light levels and will give breathtaking views.
6. Artificial light
You can boost the brightness in your home with artificial light. Focus on the areas where the light from the windows does not reach like corners or the corridors. Here, you can install dimmer switches to have better control on the space and alter the light levels as the natural light in the home changes throughout the day. You can also consider using LED bulbs. If you want to create a relaxing space, you should use warm white LED bulbs. Dimmers can also be used in the living room and the bedroom. They are convenient, affordable, and highly efficient.
7. Lighten the furniture
Get rid of the dark furniture and accessories from your home in favor of the light shades. If you have the budget, you can get the furniture replaced or move it to a different room and get lighter furniture in the living room, especially if it is blocking the light from the doors and windows. Focus on the curtains, blinds, and heavy dark window treatments that can block light when entering the home.
These are a few tried and tested ways to brighten the home naturally. You do not need to make huge changes or incur heavy expenditures to get the light flowing into your rooms. Consider how the furniture is placed, check the doors and windows and just make small changes to ensure that there is enough light at all times. It is necessary to have natural light flowing into your home every day. Whether it is the bedroom or the living room, it will look different when the light falls on it.