However, if it’s a kitchen or living area, you need to maximise light capacity. Natural light improves our mood, happiness and gives the feeling of space. Here’s how you perfect it in your home.
1. Glass doors
Our first suggestion is an obvious one. Replace your thick wooden entranceways with glass interior doors. You don’t need us to tell you that glass doors will open up the space and let the light flood in. Try to encourage a flow of light right through the home. Make use of sliding glass doors at the rear of the property. The natural light will make its way through the entire lower level if you get it right.
Shiny and reflective objects work wonders for increasing the perception of natural light. They glint and shine when the sun hits them, increasing the light flow. Not only that, but mirrors open up the space in a room. They make small, dark spaces feel bigger and more airy. Placing a mirror opposite a window is the best way to double your natural light.
3. Take a look at your curtains
Big, thick curtains often look luxurious. Unfortunately, they have a habit of absorbing all the light! If you’re after more natural light, switch them for thin, lighter curtains or blinds. They won’t absorb so much or block the flow of light into the home.
4. Choose the right paint
Again, you want to choose colours and surfaces that reflect and enhance the sun’s rays. Neutral colours are your best option here. Search for creams, mushrooms and light yellows. They’ll all help that crucial sunlight bounce around the room and fill the space. The darker the colours, the more they’ll absorb the light.
5. Soft furnishings
Often, a dark room is exacerbated by emptiness. When you fail to decorate wisely, a space can feel dark and empty. We like to use lots of soft furnishings to alter this feel. You don’t have to go too light on the colours here either. Darker soft furnishings, like rugs and cushions, will add character and texture to a room.
6. Open up the rooms
The best way to open up the light flow in your home is to carve out the passage! Perhaps you could knock down a dividing wall and increase the space. It’s a drastic option, but it could really work. If you’ve got a separate kitchen and living room, convert them into one large room. You could even take away upstairs space and create a vaulted living area.
7. Embrace the dark
Finally, if none of these options are working for you, embrace the dark! Make it a cosy, comfortable space. Fill it with lamps and cosy lighting. Lay out rugs, beanbags and cushions and turn it into a library or play room.
As you can see, there are so many options to make the most of natural light in the home. Try a few in your house and see what works for you!