Daylight Saving Time will arrive soon, and that means brighter evenings and later sunsets. With its cheerful first reminder of spring and summer’s approach, don’t you want to do all that you can to let all that gorgeous natural light into your home?
We thought so.
That’s why we’ve put together a few strategies that will help you do just that. Add some of these to your late winter to-dos or “spring cleaning” list for a home that truly feels refreshed and light!
In order to improve the natural lighting in your home, you must first have natural lighting to work with. Consider adding windows to let in more light. For smaller rooms, such as bathrooms, consider adding a skylight. This will bring more light into an otherwise windowless space, and you can then open up the rest of your home by widening doorways or removing unnecessary walls. Glass doors are also a wonderful option: try swapping a solid door for one with window panels. For added privacy or interior door options, go with frosted glass or mirrored doors.
Of course, having additional windows doesn’t help if you are employing heavy window treatments. In order to brighten your home, avoid heavy, light-blocking treatments such as heavy or dark curtains. Instead, opt for lightweight fabrics in lighter colors – even translucent shades are a great option, as they can provide privacy while still allowing light into your home.
Keep furniture away from windows to ensure that it is not unintentionally obstructing light, and be sure to place larger pieces toward the center of the room. Even small items that sit on windowsills can contribute to obstructing natural light. If you really want to step it up, consider using glass tabletops, acrylic chairs or other pieces that will reflect light instead of absorbing it.
Once you’ve begun to let light through, you can maximize it by using strategically placed mirrors. To make your windows seem larger, place a similarly sized mirror adjacent to a window. To reflect light throughout the room, place a mirror directly opposite the window. Incorporating other shiny fixtures and accent pieces into your home will also help reflect this light, from chandeliers to door knobs to picture frames and candlesticks.
When it comes to the feel of a room, paint colors make all the difference. To brighten up darker spaces and improve the natural lighting in your home, use neutral colors as well as gray and white. These tones will reflect natural light better than darker tones, and even using these colors on your ceiling along with a satin or high-gloss finish will have a significant effect. If you’re someone who still prefers a darker palette, however, never fear – simply use shinier finishes to help brighten up your spaces.
While it may sound simple, keeping your spaces clean can greatly impact the effects of natural lighting inside your home. Maintaining fixtures, bulbs, windows, blinds and lampshades will keep everything shiny and ready for maximum light reflection. But don’t forget to maintain your outdoor spaces, too – trimming hedges or branches away from windows and strategically placing porch furniture so that it doesn’t obstruct light will help improve the natural lighting inside your home.
Looking to renovate your home to allow for lighter, more open spaces? Turner Homes would love to sit down with you and talk about your next custom build or remodel. Give us a call today!