Maximize Natural Light in Your Home

 

Studies show that incorporating natural light into architecture provides health benefits for its occupants. Some include increased productivity and reduction of stress. Besides this, natural sunlight can make a home look much more beautiful and welcoming. So unless you’re building a new home and willing to orient your house towards the sun, here are some changes you can make into your home to make your space brighter and cheerful.


The first impression of your home is its entry. Its were you first take off your shoes after a long day at work and where you hang your coat when it’s been raining outside.Your entryway is also a peak of what the rest of your home will look like so it’s important that if your goal is to transform your home, you start with the entry.

 
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The small changes you can start with are accessories. Mirrors give the illusion of a larger room and they also reflect light throughout it. Don’t go for the largest mirror as that can create the opposite effect, but rather one that fits the space and compliments the other elements of the room. If you have dark floors, you can add a light rug that matches the rest of your room or also reflective accessories like shiny pots that can reflect color and light onto the wood.


More than any of the small improvements would be to add a glass door or door with windows. This would provide the entryway with a natural source of light and would require less upkeep. To carry the light throughout the entire entryway, light wallpaper or paint would be used. With this, light reflects off the walls and bounces to every corner of the room.


 

From the entryway, we move onto where everyone gets together and guests spend most of their time. They living room area probably experiences the most traffic in the house. Therefore, it should be the room with the most space and light.

Though the most common fixes would be to add windows, you can play with furniture and and different textures to achieve the highest level of light your home will permit. Adding semi-gloss paint to your ceiling can help reflect light over the entire room. Similarly, if you add hardwood that has a glossy or reflective finish, light will reflect itself onto the furniture surrounding it.

Keep in mind that drapes and heavy fabric curtains can be the main reason why not enough light is entering your home. So, ditch the heavy drapes and replace them with sheer ones.

 
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Note that while light colors are what brighten up rooms, this does not mean you can’t have a fair use of rich, deep colors.

 
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When using dark colors for an accent wall, always place it adjacent to the light source and never opposite. The brightness from the opposite wall reflects onto the dark wall and continues to provide the rest of room with the light it needs. Otherwise, if you place the dark wall opposite of the light source, the dark wall will absorb the light thus defeating the purpose of your efforts.

Anything against the accent wall should be light colored, glossy or reflective. Notice that in the living room above the white sofa is against the accent wall, glass vase on top of the dark side-table and light-colored rug over the dark wood floor.

The kitchen tends to be the heart of a home so it should be a place that always feels welcoming and warm. To take advantage of all the light that comes into the room, use light colors with a semi-gloss finish on your walls. An upside of this finish is that it’s easier to clean as it handles a bit of water and soap. Another option you have is to add a glass or glossy backsplash to the kitchen area so light reflects much more throughout areas that tend to be dark.

 
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Add appliances with reflective finishes like glossy paint or steel. Similarly, your kitchen cabinets should be a light color or include glass like the image above. You can have dark accents like mentioned previously but make sure that there is a fine balance between the both and that the dark colors don’t overpower the light ones.

Finally, our place of sleep and rest is really important. Natural light has shown to enhance our sleep by regulating our sleep-wake cycle. The natural light in the morning helps us wake up naturally and the contract of darkness in the night allows us to fall asleep faster.

A few changes you can make are finding light colored or sheer drapes as well as roller shades. If you have dark floors, find a light colored rug to place it strategically where light hits so it can illuminate the room.

 
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If there is absolutely no natural light in your room and are considering adding windows, take into consideration adding skylights as well. Since there is direct light going through the skylines, your room will receive the most light throughout the day.

Along with this, make sure you add accessories that will reflect more light like mirrors and light furniture.With this all, you should be on your way to creating the beautiful, light home of your dreams!

 

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Written by

CASSANDRA ENRIQUEZ-Morales

 
DESIGNJeff Li