Letting a greater degree of organic light bathe your home has various merits – and they extend beyond the obvious plus of helping you save money on electricity needed to power artificial lighting.
For example, natural light can make your fabrics and furniture look nicer, perk up your mood and strengthen your immune system, Reader’s Digest explains. To help yourself maximise all of these benefits, you might only need to physically tweak your residence through the following methods…
Clear obstacles from the light’s path
If your windows aren’t bringing in as much light as you might have expected, the culprits could be physical objects blocking enough light from entering.
Take a peek outside. Are some overly large hedges or trees getting in the way of those openings? If so, trim that greenery. The problem might even simply be clutter left on your windowsills.
Use window treatments that allow stronger lighting
On the subject of windowsills, you might often have something else that largely covers those and, in the process, conceals natural light as well: curtains! If they are bulky due to layered fabric or thick drapery, it could be time for you to replace those coverings.
If the temperatures are moderate, Freshome recommends lighter-weight fabrics like cotton or linen. More extreme climates could call for more versatile materials that block sun glare.
Have new windows fitted in convenient settings
In some parts of the home, the problem might be not strictly the window coverings, but instead the actual windows… or, more to the point, where they are positioned.
Think about it: do you enjoy waking up to sun shining on your face? Maybe you would prefer to instead leave the morning daylight in other living areas away from the bedroom. Whatever the case, a local window fitter – Ideal Window Solutions being one example in the South East – could help.
Add some skylights to ceilings
You might find that your chosen window-fitting company can also install skylights in your home. Skylights can effectively turn large parts of ceiling space into glass through which natural light could shine unhindered. Despite the upfront cost of installation, skylights can trim long-term energy costs.
That financial benefit could be especially maximised if you have skylights installed in your most commonly-used rooms – like bathrooms – and spaces that are particularly exposed to sunlight.
Reflect on a job well done with mirrors
Mirror, mirror, on the wall – what reflects the most light of them all? Well, if you hang or prop a significantly-sized mirror on – yes – a wall, you could double the discernible amount of light… provided that this wall is opposite a window, at least.
There are various light-reflecting possibilities with mirrors – including lining bookshelf backs with small ones or arranging several mirrors across a single wall.
Light-reflective qualities can also be abundant in furniture accented with glass, chrome or, indeed, mirrored surfaces. As you put such furniture into place, remember that natural light can even make your eyes, hair, skin and mind healthier.