Natural light will lift both your home and your mood ,so it’s important that you find as many ways as you can to let the light come in. With a few practical tips here, we have some advice that we think you will find useful.
Use lighter colours in your home
Dark colours will absorb the light coming in, so you may want to get the paintbrush out to brighten up dimmer rooms. Lighter colours will reflect the light coming in, and will instantly make your home feel brighter and more spacious. Consider shades of white for maximum effect, but use off-white shades rather than something too bright to create a warmer feel. You might also want to replace any dark furniture you have in your home with items of lighter shaded colours or use bright throws and cushions as a cheaper alternative.
Use reflective surfaces
Mirrors are great for bouncing light around the room, but you can use a range of other reflective surfaces around your home to create a brighter feel. This includes your flooring, with polished wooden or ceramic surfaces, which are far more effective than carpets when trying to reflect the light that is coming into your home. Using glossy finishes of glass and marble on your kitchen and bathroom surfaces will also reflect light, as well as adding a stylish touch to these areas.
There may be obstacles outside that are blocking the light from coming in, such as shrubs and climbing plants, so trim them to allow more natural light to flow through your windows. Certain larger items within particular rooms may act as blockages, so keep the space around your windows as free of clutter as possible. Just having dirt on your windows can make a difference, so if you haven’t cleaned the glass for a while, it maybe time you did!
Replace your curtains
Check the cost of custom curtains here if your current set is responsible for keeping the light out. Those of a lighter fabric and shade are better than anything dark and thickset, so shop around and match your existing home decor. You might also want to consider a set of blinds, as you can then filter as much or as little light as you want coming in during the day.
Renovate your home
Despite the expense, the best way to bring more natural light into your home may be to replace your doors and windows. Bi-folding doors are especially worthwhile for bringing in more light, as well as adding in the wow factor to your home, and aluminium windows with their wide-glass panes and slim frames are also a useful purchase. You might also want to add glazed doors inside your home to reflect the light from outside, as well as a skylight to bring light in from above. Another good idea is to extend your home with a conservatory, giving you one area that is guaranteed to have as much natural light as you could hope for.
These were just a few ideas, but if you have managed to shine more light into your home, then let us know how you did it. Thanks for reading!
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