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5 Tips to Maximize the Natural Light in Your Home
March 15, 2019

In terms of the ambiance of your home, natural light can transform the appearance of a room. Many architects and designers seek well-lit spaces because they’re more aesthetically pleasing and appear to be larger. Seriously, what’s not to love about a little sunshine streaming through your windows? But what if your house doesn’t have many windows, and skylight renovations aren’t in your budget? Here are 5 affordable tips to help you maximize the existing natural light in your home:

In terms of the ambiance of your home, natural light can transform the appearance of a room. Many architects and designers seek well-lit spaces because they’re more aesthetically pleasing and appear to be larger. Seriously, what’s not to love about a little sunshine streaming through your windows? But what if your house doesn’t have many windows, and skylight renovations aren’t in your budget? Here are 5 affordable tips to help you maximize the existing natural light in your home:

01.

Incorporate Mirrors in your Home Decor

Mirrors reflect light. It’s kind of their job. Hang them (or other reflective decor pieces) opposite your windows or glass doors to make your space appear larger.

Mirrors reflect light. It’s kind of their job. Hang them (or other reflective decor pieces) opposite your windows or glass doors to make your space appear larger.

02.

Choose Light Color Palettes

Light color palettes reflect sunlight better than darker ones. When choosing an interior color scheme, spend some time in each room and get to know the space. How does the shifting sunlight affect your surroundings throughout the day?

A room with northern exposure receives less daylight than southern-facing rooms. So, in this case, a warm color palette would soften shadows and bode well with more hours of artificial light.

02.

Choose Light Color Palettes

Light color palettes reflect sunlight better than darker ones. When choosing an interior color scheme, spend some time in each room and get to know the space. How does the shifting sunlight affect your surroundings throughout the day?

A room with northern exposure receives less daylight than southern-facing rooms. So, in this case, a warm color palette would soften shadows and bode well with more hours of artificial light.

03.

Rearrange Your Furniture

Position your furniture so that it’s at least a few feet away from windows and glass doors. That way, it won’t block any incoming light.

03.

Rearrange Your Furniture

Position your furniture so that it’s at least a few feet away from windows and glass doors. That way, it won’t block any incoming light.

04.

Ditch Heavy or Dark Curtains

For many people, having curtains or drapes is necessary for privacy. Choose light, airy curtains or consider blinds as an alternative. Blinds still offer privacy at night, but give you control over the amount of light that comes in during the day.

04.

Ditch Heavy or Dark Curtains

For many people, having curtains or drapes is necessary for privacy. Choose light, airy curtains or consider blinds as an alternative. Blinds still offer privacy at night, but give you control over the amount of light that comes in during the day.

05.

Clean

Regularly cleaning your windows keeps them dirt-free and transparent so sunbeams can come through and dazzle your home.

Regularly cleaning your windows keeps them dirt-free and transparent so sunbeams can come through and dazzle your home.

Natural lighting in the home has several advantages. Most obviously, sunlight can save you big bucks on your electric bill. In total, about 47% of the energy we use is dedicated to heat and light. What’s amazing is that the sun provides both of these resources for free. But the benefits don’t stop there. It’s scientifically proven that exposure to sunlight improves productivity and makes us happier, healthier, and calmer by promoting restorative sleep patterns, reducing eye strain, and increasing our Vitamin D levels.

Natural lighting in the home has several advantages. Most obviously, sunlight can save you big bucks on your electric bill. In total, about 47% of the energy we use is dedicated to heat and light. What’s amazing is that the sun provides both of these resources for free. But the benefits don’t stop there. It’s scientifically proven that exposure to sunlight improves productivity and makes us happier, healthier, and calmer by promoting restorative sleep patterns, reducing eye strain, and increasing our Vitamin D levels.