If your home doesn’t get enough natural light, you may be wondering what you can do to welcome more light into your property. Natural light is one of the most important features people look for when buying a home; not only does it brighten up your property and make rooms look bigger, but natural light is a mood booster too – and who doesn’t want to feel great in their own home?!
Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to increase natural light in your home if you feel your rooms don’t get quite enough of it – and don’t worry, they don’t all involve installing new windows (but that does definitely help!). You can use both decoration and architecture to boost natural light in your home and distribute light flow through your property more evenly.
If you’re looking for ways to increase the natural light in your home, read on for our top tips!
Introduce light colours in your home
The first step to creating a lighter, brighter home is to decorate with light colours. Dark, heavy block colours will only make your home feel dark, dingy and cramped, so make sure you open up the space with light colours. Light shades and colours will instantly make any room feel brighter, as they reflect any natural light entering the room, whereas dark colours absorb it.
No colour is brighter than pure white, but this can make rooms feel cold. Off-white shades are a great option if you’re looking for ways to brighten your space with a warmer effect. Don’t forget your ceilings too. Painting your ceiling white will create the illusion of extra height, space and light.
Decorate with shiny surfaces
Choose glossy, shiny surfaces for your kitchen and bathrooms. Light, shiny surfaces will reflect any light filtering into the room, instantly making the space look bigger and brighter. Glass tiles reflect close to 100% of the light that hits them, so installing glass tile splashbacks is also a trendy and effective way to enhance natural light in your kitchen.
If you’re not in the position to install new surfaces, there are plenty of other pieces of furniture and accessories with reflective surfaces which can be used to reflect and diffuse light. Metallic and mirrored accessories can reflect light and add a touch of style to any space; even placing a mirror opposite the window can hugely increase natural light in your home.
Clean your windows
We know this one sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised by just how much of a difference a deep window clean can make. Every single day, dust and dirt builds up on your windows, so it’s important you take the time to regularly clean them if you want to welcome in as much natural light as possible. A good deep clean can truly make all the difference and will ensure as much natural light as possible can filter through the glass and into your home.
Remember to clean your windows from both the inside and out. You can either use a glass cleaner or a mix of equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Always use a microfiber cloth or squeegee to dry the glass without creating streaks.
Talking of windows, if you’re serious about increasing natural light in your home, skylights are an incredibly effective way to enhance natural light in any dark and dingy room. Skylights are essentially windows for your roof; however, they offer a more consistent light than standard windows as they face upwards towards the sun.
Installing skylights in rooms that require extra natural light will instantly brighten and open up the space, offering stunning natural views of the sky during the day and night. Plus, skylights can help you save on your energy bills too – skylights welcome more sunlight into your home and therefore more heat.
Pick a door with a window
Windows aren’t the only way to enhance natural light in our homes – don’t forget, the door you choose can have a big impact on how light your home feels too. Swapping your existing door for one with a window is a great way to introduce some extra natural light into your home – and don’t worry, you don’t have to compromise on privacy. Choose a door with a frosted glass window to ensure you can maintain your privacy while welcoming additional natural light into a room.
For example, if your hallway feels a bit dark and dreary, consider installing a new front door with a window to allow a flow of natural light through the room.
Opt for light furniture
Similarly to how using dark colours on the walls can make your space feel dark and cramped, using dark furniture can also have the same effect. Selecting light furniture to decorate your home with is an easy and simple way to welcome more light into a room. Light fabrics and finishes allow natural light to bounce off them, helping to open up the space and circulate more natural light around a room.
Cluttering a dark room with dark furniture is a sure-fire way to make a room feel small and claustrophobic, especially if they’re blocking natural light from windows and doors. Instead, choose light colours (just be careful to keep them clean!).
Utilise indoor window shutters
With interior design in mind, it’s important to pay attention to the window covers you use too. Pay attention to the blinds and curtains you choose; heavy, dark window treatments can block out natural light and make a room feel small and dark. Heavy drapes and thick blinds can be replaced with translucent alternatives, but our personal favourite option is wooden window shutters. In fact, in our opinion, shutters are in a league of their own.
Wooden window shutters are a beautiful addition to any home and complement pretty much every type of home decor. You can easily adjust the angle of the shutters, allowing you to control how much natural light enters a room in your home without compromising your privacy. If you want to increase natural light in your home while keeping your privacy, wooden shutters are the way to go.
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We’re proud to offer a made to measure service, ensuring you can find the perfect blinds and shutters for your home. The skilled and experienced team at Blinds Of All Kinds are dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers; we’re always on hand to assist you in finding the right shutters and can design, fit and tailor your window shutters to match your exact needs. Our specialised manufacturers build our shutters using only the best materials, ensuring each and every design is made with quality in mind.
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