17 Bright Ideas to Increase Natural Light in your Home

17 Bright Ideas to Increase Natural Light in your Home

Natural light is an essential part of any home. In fact, according to almost all premium moving companies, It's the number one thing families look for when they move into their new homes. Natural light not only makes a living space feel bigger and brighter (and well, more beautiful), but it also saves energy! So, to help you this winter - here are several ways to draw more natural light into your home.

  • 1

    Use bright colours in your decor. - Bright and bold colours reflect light and therefore help to magnify even the smallest amount of natural sun to reach every corner of your home. On the other hand, darker shades absorb light make your home look dull.

  • 2

    Use gloss paint - The idea is to increase the amount of light reflected in your home when it comes through the windows and the doors. If your trims and doors have a higher gloss level, they behave like mirrors and increase the amount of natural light in your home.

  • 3

    Open your doors and windows during the day, and draw the curtains - This may seem like a no-brainer but you'd be surprised how often it's missed!

  • 4

    Think about what rooms you use - Sometimes a home has only one or two rooms with large windows and doors to let in more natural light. Sometimes you cannot install new windows and doors, especially if you are living in a rental apartment. Try to utilise these spaces much as you can.

  • 5

    Use shiny furniture pieces - think glass tables or chairs with a metal finish. Again, the reflectiveness is going to help you get that light in! The great news? Both design & furniture experts agree that metal and glass is definitely on trend at the moment.

  • 6

    Tap into the mirror magic - Hang as many full mirrors on the walls as you can. Mirrored walls are not just a luxurious room accessory, but they are also highly functional in reflecting and lighting up every corner of your home.

  • 7

    Use lighter window treatments - Consider switching to transparent window treatments. Curtains and blinds of dark shades will block natural light from reaching your home. If it's within your budget, consider updating all your window treatments for new lighter ones.

  • 8

    Consider using glass blocks on your wall space - This one here will take plenty of remodelling resources, but it will be worth every cent. Replacing parts of your exterior walls with glass blocks allows natural light to have more access points into your home.

  • 9

    Clear trees and shrubs around your home - It takes the right landscaping for more natural light to flow into your home. Trees that grow big near your windows and doors can substantially block the amount of daylight you receive in the house. To improve the situation, start by cutting down or pruning such trees and bushes.

  • 1

    Use bright colours in your decor. - Bright and bold colours reflect light and therefore help to magnify even the smallest amount of natural sun to reach every corner of your home. On the other hand, darker shades absorb light make your home look dull.

  • 2

    Use gloss paint - The idea is to increase the amount of light reflected in your home when it comes through the windows and the doors. If your trims and doors have a higher gloss level, they behave like mirrors and increase the amount of natural light in your home.

  • 3

    Open your doors and windows during the day, and draw the curtains - This may seem like a no-brainer but you'd be surprised how often it's missed!

  • 4

    Think about what rooms you use - Sometimes a home has only one or two rooms with large windows and doors to let in more natural light. Sometimes you cannot install new windows and doors, especially if you are living in a rental apartment. Try to utilise these spaces much as you can.

  • 5

    Use shiny furniture pieces - think glass tables or chairs with a metal finish. Again, the reflectiveness is going to help you get that light in! The great news? Both design & furniture experts agree that metal and glass is definitely on trend at the moment.

  • 6

    Tap into the mirror magic - Hang as many full mirrors on the walls as you can. Mirrored walls are not just a luxurious room accessory, but they are also highly functional in reflecting and lighting up every corner of your home.

  • 7

    Use lighter window treatments - Consider switching to transparent window treatments. Curtains and blinds of dark shades will block natural light from reaching your home. If it's within your budget, consider updating all your window treatments for new lighter ones.

  • 8

    Consider using glass blocks on your wall space - This one here will take plenty of remodelling resources, but it will be worth every cent. Replacing parts of your exterior walls with glass blocks allows natural light to have more access points into your home.

  • 9

    Clear trees and shrubs around your home - It takes the right landscaping for more natural light to flow into your home. Trees that grow big near your windows and doors can substantially block the amount of daylight you receive in the house. To improve the situation, start by cutting down or pruning such trees and bushes.

  • 10

    Clean your windows regularly - Might sound obvious but Another often missed piece of advice!

  • 11

    Use reflective backsplash on your kitchen and bathroom tiles - There is now a wide variety of kitchen and bathroom splashes that you can use to brighten up your home. Glass tiles are a perfect choice. They also perform much better than ceramic tiles when it comes to resisting mould and stains.

  • 12

    Watch where you place furniture - Place furniture such as cabinets and bookshelves perpendicular to window walls so as not to obstruct light.

  • 13

    Beware of dark paintings - might love art, but natural light is essential too (especially if you want to save on energy or have some indoor plants around the home). So, large dark paintings sitting across the walls can obstruct the path of light. These paintings also absorb the little natural light flowing into your home and leave your space feeling darker

  • 14

    Upgrade your ceilings with skylights - Skylights help to pull in more natural light, and they work wonders to allow light to enter a room that may be other wised blocked off.

  • 15

    Choose shiny floors - Choose flooring types (wood, ceramic, or stone) with a polished finish, or carpet with lighter colours to improve reflection. Dark carpet is a real no-no if you're looking to get a light, bright, breezy feel.

  • 16

    Supplement your natural light with florescent - Near-natural artificial light such as fluorescent bulbs can help to complement, rather than take over the natural light in your home. These bulbs should be installed in corridors and other darker corners.

  • 17

    Make the most of your outdoors - If you live in a crowded suburb with tall apartment buildings, the amount of natural light flowing into your living space might be obstructed from every angle. Try to make as much as you can out of the out door space you have. Set up a chair to sit out, add plants to your windowsills or even a bean bag on a balcony can help give you a light bright space outside.

  • 10

    Clean your windows regularly - Might sound obvious but Another often missed piece of advice!

  • 11

    Use reflective backsplash on your kitchen and bathroom tiles - There is now a wide variety of kitchen and bathroom splashes that you can use to brighten up your home. Glass tiles are a perfect choice. They also perform much better than ceramic tiles when it comes to resisting mould and stains.

  • 12

    Watch where you place furniture - Place furniture such as cabinets and bookshelves perpendicular to window walls so as not to obstruct light.

  • 13

    Beware of dark paintings - might love art, but natural light is essential too (especially if you want to save on energy or have some indoor plants around the home). So, large dark paintings sitting across the walls can obstruct the path of light. These paintings also absorb the little natural light flowing into your home and leave your space feeling darker

  • 14

    Upgrade your ceilings with skylights - Skylights help to pull in more natural light, and they work wonders to allow light to enter a room that may be other wised blocked off.

  • 15

    Choose shiny floors - Choose flooring types (wood, ceramic, or stone) with a polished finish, or carpet with lighter colours to improve reflection. Dark carpet is a real no-no if you're looking to get a light, bright, breezy feel.

  • 16

    Supplement your natural light with florescent - Near-natural artificial light such as fluorescent bulbs can help to complement, rather than take over the natural light in your home. These bulbs should be installed in corridors and other darker corners.

  • 17

    Make the most of your outdoors - If you live in a crowded suburb with tall apartment buildings, the amount of natural light flowing into your living space might be obstructed from every angle. Try to make as much as you can out of the out door space you have. Set up a chair to sit out, add plants to your windowsills or even a bean bag on a balcony can help give you a light bright space outside.

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