Ways to Bring More Natural Light into your Home
It goes without saying that lighting is an important part of a building’s architecture. The right lighting can completely change the aesthetics and ambience of a space and can make the occupants happy and healthier. Design professionals take their time to examine how different light sources and colours can alter the look of a project. However, the most abundant and beneficial light source is the sun. Not only does sunlight assist with vitamin D production among other benefits, but is completely free to use. Harnessing natural light for your project is a great way to conserve energy and increase the enjoyment of the occupants. This article will examine several ways to bring more natural light into a building.
This seems like an obvious one, but optimising your windows to allow as much light as possible to come through is a good place to start when increasing natural light in a space. First of all, replace any dark coloured curtains or blinds with light ones to reflect more light. Then, check if the window fitting itself is bulky and preventing light penetration. If you can replace your window fitting with one with a wider frame that fills the space, this can add additional light to an area. Another thing that can prevent light from entering a room is grime building up on the windows, so there’s nothing wrong with giving everything a good clean.
If you remember your grade three science class, you’ll know that white reflects all wavelengths of light, whereas black absorbs them. You can use this basic theory to increase the natural light that is bounced around a room. Don’t go overboard and start painting everything white, however. Try mixing light browns with some cream, light grey can also look great in a naturally lit space and can soften the yellows of sunlight. Another quick way to increase natural light is with reflective surfaces like mirrors. Replacing your floors with a more reflective material will increase the distribution of light, but too many reflective surfaces can make room glary.
Another way to introduce more natural light into a space is to change your doors to ones with window panels. The front door usually leads into a hallway and living space, which can look dingy with no natural light. If privacy is a concern then frosted glass is something you should consider. For interior doors that don’t require privacy, there’s no reason to keep them solid and will prevent lighting “dead ends” inside.
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Take this chance to remove any unnecessary interior walls that block natural light. Open plan designs only started to become popular in the 90s so chances are, if you live in an older house, your kitchen will be separate from your dining space. Open plan spaces allow for more light to flow between the kitchen and dining areas and can create a more casual atmosphere for the residents. Ensure the wall you wish to remove isn’t load baring, and that power is switched off completely before you start.
Smart use of furniture can also improve your lighting. As we mentioned earlier, light coloured furniture will reflect more light around a room, but you also don’t want any furniture blocking the flow of light. Examine how light enters the room at different times of the day, and if any objects are blocking it. Keeping your furniture close to the walls and away from windows will enhance the natural light in a space.
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