Controlling Natural Light in Your Home

Controlling Natural Light in Your Home

Choosing beautiful lighting fixtures for your home is an enjoyable part of interior design. But during the day, and to a point at night, nothing beats natural light. It's fantastic to have the sunshine and moonlight streaming through your windows, even if sometimes there might be a bit too much of it.

Although we might not be able to control the sun or moon, we can influence how their light behaves once it's inside our homes. Whether you want to maximize the amount of natural light in your home or keep it out to create a cool room, you can make design choices to do so.

Boosting Natural Light with Reflection

A lot of people find that their home doesn't have as much natural light as they would like. They can leave their windows entirely uncovered, and at no point in the day does the sun reach in far enough. But if you despair at your dark corners, you can give the sunlight in your home a boost. One of the best ways to do it is with reflective surfaces, from mirrors to shiny furniture. If you hang a mirror opposite a window or another point where the light shines in, it can maximize the light for optimum satisfaction. Try choosing metallics and reflective materials for furniture too.

Choosing the Right Colors

Getting the colors of your rooms right is essential if you want to either maximize or minimize the natural light streaming through your windows. If you don't get enough sunshine, lighter shades will help to make the room brighter and avoid too many dark corners. But if you have a room that perhaps gets too much light and becomes a suntrap, you might prefer to go for darker colors to help create a sense of being in the shade.

Window Coverings for Light Control

Sometimes you want complete control over how much light comes through your windows and doors, as well as privacy. Some days you might want to let in as much light as possible, but others it might be too warm to have so much sunlight streaming in. And during the night, a lot of people don't want to have the moonlight, or artificial street lamps, disturbing their sleep. There are lots of options for controlling the light coming into your home. Some people prefer polywood shutters, while others would rather hang blinds or curtains. You could have blackout blinds or drapes at night for an entirely undisturbed sleep.

New Windows

If you're renovating or even building a new home, you can think about the sunlight when you make plans. You could position windows, glass doors and skylights in the perfect place to get just the right amount of light into each room. Think about where you want to put them to get the best use out of each piece of glass.

Natural light plays a significant role in the look and feel of your home. Take charge of it by assessing how it behaves and making use of it.

Nhu Anh

Nhu Anh is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Nhu Anh attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.


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