Natural lighting is extremely important for our health and wellbeing. It also helps to make a space appear much brighter. So, what better way to enhance the home than to make the most out of its natural lighting?
There’s lots of ways you can utilise the natural light in each room. Here, we’ll look at some of the best ways you can do it.
Consider adding larger windows or a skylight
It’s hard to make the most out of the natural light in the home if there is very little available. So, if there’s one room in particular which is really lacking natural light, it could be worth adding either extra windows or a skylight.
Be aware that if you opt to install larger windows, you may need planning permission. So, this is something you’ll need to check with your local council. However, you don’t usually need planning permission for a skylight, plus it provides a lot more privacy than a window.
Use blinds instead of curtains
Blinds have become a much more popular choice than curtains in modern homes. There’s a lot of different varieties available, but wooden blinds are a great choice in rooms such as the bedroom and lounge. They help to let more light in during the day, while still allowing you your privacy at night.
It’s important to make sure you’re choosing the right style to fit the room. Take a look at companies such as Direct Blinds to see the different styles on offer.
Using mirrors to maximise the light
Mirrors are a clever way to maximise the natural light in a room. They help by reflecting the natural light back into the room, making it instantly appear much brighter. They’re also fantastic at opening up a space, making it appear larger than it actually is. Just be sure to choose the right size mirror to fit the room.
You’ll also want to make sure that the mirror is actually facing the window slightly so that it can adequately reflect light back into the room.
Keep reflective surfaces clean
Of course, your home isn’t going to make the most of natural lighting if the windows and reflective surfaces aren’t clean. If you do have a skylight, it’s worth investing in phot-catalytic coated glass as this has self-cleaning properties. Reaching a skylight to clean it isn’t easy so investing in this type of glass will ensure plenty of light shines through.
As you can see, there’s lots of ways you can maximise the natural lighting in the home. Making sure your reflective surfaces are clean, adding a skylight if you can and keeping window coverings light, will go a long way to making the home appear larger and brighter.