The Best Ways To Get Natural Light Into Your Home | Pip Milburn
Natural light is one of the key features that most people look for when they’re buying a home. However, it’s not always possible to buy a home that has all the natural light you want. Natural light makes your rooms feel lighter and brighter, but that can soon be ruined if your neighbour has a big tree or your home is in a naturally shadowed area. Here’s how you can get more natural light into your home.
Add More Or Larger Windows
If you have the time, budget, and inclination for some renovations, you could change your windows. You could add more windows, or enlarge the windows you already have. You could also look into adding skylights or roof lanterns to let in light from above—these work well in extensions, or on flat roofs.
Use Lighter Colours
If you can’t face home improvement stress, look at your decor instead of changing windows. Get rid of statement wallpapers and dark colours, and swap them for lighter colours or even white. White makes rooms feel brighter, as it will reflect natural light into the room, instead of absorbing it.
Don’t use brilliant white paint on walls, as this can make rooms cold. Off-white is much warmer. You could also paint the ceiling a shade or two lighter than your walls to give the illusion of height and space. Choose paint with a satin finish, as this will reflect more light than a matte finish.
Add Shiny Surfaces
In the bathroom and kitchen, use surfaces with a glossy finish which will reflect light into the room.
In kitchens, you should choose a light colour scheme and use it consistently throughout your walls and cabinet doors. This helps natural light to reflect off the surface and make the room more spacious. You don’t have to choose white or cream. Pale shades of blue and grey work well too.
In other parts of the house, use furniture and accessories with a reflective surface to diffuse light. Metallic, glass, or mirrored accessories all make the most of the available natural light.
Use The Right Flooring
Your flooring can be transformed into a light reflector is you choose wooded, ceramic, or stone floors with a polished finish. These will reflect a lot more light than carpets. If you prefer the look of the rug, choose light, neutral tones.
Trim Back Greenery
Greenery outside your home can have a significant impact on the light levels inside. Take a look at your garden and trim back any trees, bushes, or climbing plants that are obscuring your doors and windows, blocking light from coming in.
Clean Your Windows
While you’re working outside, make sure you give your windows and any glass in doors a thorough clean to make sure that as much light as possible can filter in through the glass and light up your home.
By adding more natural light, your home will feel more spacious and be a nicer place to spend time in.