Bringing natural light into your home is both economical and enjoyable. The level of natural light in your rooms can really affect your mood. Those blessed rays, filled with sunlight and vitamin D make you feel positive. So, it’s natural that bright rooms make us feel happier, more alive and vibrant. Plus, you get to save a little cash and reduce your energy usage by increasing your home’s natural light.
There's not a lot you can do to increase the amount of sunlight coming into your home — unless you're planning on a major remodel. But if you're low on natural light, there are a handful of small things you can do to be sure you're using it to your advantage.
Let’s check out some of the ways to increase and maximize the natural light in your own home:
Use mirrors & other reflective surfaces in your décor
Shiny surfaces—especially mirrors—reflect light. Place them strategically to fill your home with new spots of brightness. Mirrors close to your windows amplify natural light by bouncing it into your space, making windows feel bigger and brighter. You can use smaller mirrors to line the backs of bookshelves, or arrange several of them on one wall. Another idea is to buy furniture with glass, chrome, or mirrored accents.
Pay attention to paint
Paint color, and finish have a big effect on how bright your room looks. Lighter colors reflect natural light better than darker tones. If you prefer a darker palette, remember that shinier finishes will help brighten things up. This is especially true for ceiling paint. White ceilings are popular because they reflect ambient light down into the room. Boost this effect by choosing a ceiling paint with a satin or high-gloss finish.
Work with your windows
Some window treatments, such as Roman shades, block sunlight even when they’re open. But sheer draperies hung on rings are easy to open fully to let in light. Hang a single drapery rather than a double set. Venetian blinds are also a good choice. They allow you to control the amount of light that comes in, and you can angle them to direct the light into a particular area.
Keep it Clean!
Keeping your windows clean to allow in the maximum amount of natural light. It may sound simple but cleaning windows, blinds—even lampshades, and bulbs makes a big difference. Tip: wash windows on a cloudy day to minimize streaking.
Move your furniture
Inadvertently blocking windows when arranging your furniture can cut into a room's natural light. Rearrange your space to keep natural light sources free and unobstructed. Keep larger pieces toward the center of the room. Even knick-knacks on a windowsill block a surprising amount of light.
Add a Skylight
This is a pricey option up-front, but because a skylight can help naturally heat a room, it could save you boatloads on your electricity bill over time! If you’re ready to take the plunge and add a skylight to a room, hire a contractor for the job – don’t try this one yourself!
Think outside of your home
For best results, don’t forget to maintain your outdoor spaces. Trim hedges or branches away from the windows. Also, carefully consider the placement of porch swings and other patio furniture. These steps will increase natural light inside your home.