Not only is natural light in your home important for overall physical and mental health, but it also helps to regulate healthy sleeping patterns, concentration and productivity, and also ensures healthy hormone production. Above all, it just makes your home feel inviting and beautiful!
There are plenty of affordable solutions you could introduce into your home to enable more natural light to penetrate the rooms and provide you and your family with an added dose of positivity and productivity! Here is how to bring more sunlight into your home.
Add more windows
One of the most effective solutions to brighten up your hallways and dark corners of the house is to punch through some walls and add windows. Hopefully, your bedroom gets enough morning sunlight and the kitchen or the living room both get a beautiful golden hue during the setting sun, but that is not enough to provide your entire home with adequate brightness throughout the day. You need to brighten your home in order to make it more welcoming.
The best places to add windows are staircases, hallways and bathrooms, but you can also expand existing ones in the kitchen, the bedrooms and the living room. The possibilities are endless, and don’t be afraid to do the necessary reconstructions in order to bring more light into your home.
Mirror on the wall
The next step in your “enlightening” project is to expand your mirror collection across your house. Mirrors are perfect for reflecting light throughout your home and you should place them in every room, including the hallways and staircases. Not only will your home become instantly brighter, but you will also benefit from the widening effect of mirrors, as they are commonly used to add an illusion of spaciousness in rooms.
Perhaps one of the best ways to ensure your home gets natural sunlight during the whole day is to introduce a skylight or two. You can fit various skylight designs in every room in your home, depending on its purpose, use and number of windows. For instance, tubular skylights are a perfect solution for hallways and places that are hard to reach, but they can also be used for brightening up specific areas around your house, such as the bathroom or your walk-in closet.
In addition to being practical and useful, these skylights are also surprisingly easy to install. You can probably do it on your own, as long as you have some free time and the rights tools. Start by finding a useful proper corded reciprocating saw that will be your most important piece of equipment, but don’t forget to get enough supporting boards and nails as well. Keep in mind that vented skylights are perfect for combining air circulation with natural light distribution and protection from heat accumulation, so don’t be afraid to build one on your own as soon as possible!
Use glass to your advantage
Yet another excellent way to let light travel deeper into your home is to exchange traditional, solid doors with glass or French doors. French doors are an excellent way to add a touch of style and personality to your interior design and they let natural light travel seamlessly from room to room, unlike their solid counterparts.
Additionally, a reeded, etched or frosted glass door is a perfect substitute for your traditional front door that not only allows for plenty of sunlight to penetrate the foyer or the hallway, but also provides you with undisturbed privacy.
Choose the right colours
The colour hue you opt for can make or break a room. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you choose your colours carefully according to your personal taste but also to achieve the desired end result for the room. If you want to create a modern interior, there are some rules you need to follow. It is still possible to paint the room in darker, moody hues if that is your preference, as long as it is done subtly and precisely. In fact, darker colours, when used on accentuating features, can break the possible monotony of the room’s bright paints and even accentuate its brightness with their contrasting effect.
It seems counterintuitive, but it works. However, don’t forget that the primary colour of a room will greatly determine its brightness, so it is best to stick with lighter hues, such as white, yellow, aqua blue and bright green.
As you can see, there are plenty of creative ways to imbue your home with natural light and ensure a healthy lifestyle with its numerous benefits. Start implementing these solutions today and witness an instant increase in productivity, happiness and well-being in your life and the lives of those closest to your heart.