When people begin their search for a new home, natural light is on top of their minds. Many surveys indicate that homeowners list natural light as one of the ‘must haves’ in their new home. They prefer it over artificial lighting because it makes any room luminous to the degree that artificial light can only hope to replicate.
Poor lighting can make way for the blues, whereas a home having ample natural light can significantly boost serotonin levels. Apart from elevating mood, natural light comes free of cost and makes the home appear spacious.
While there might be some homes these days built with natural light as a consideration, there are many that aren’t. In this article, we will list six fool-proof ways with which you can fill your home with loads of natural light.
Use Light Colors On The Walls
Get rid of your statement wallpaper in favor of light wall colors. Most shades of white can make your space feel brighter by reflecting the natural light instead of absorbing it. Opt for off-white rather than brilliant white paint for added coziness and warmth. Also, satin finishes work much better than matte ones. For creating an illusion of height, you can also paint the ceiling in a lighter shade than the walls.
Paint The Eaves
The overhangs on the roof, or eaves, have the purpose of reflecting natural light into the home. It is little known that if you paint the eaves white, more light will enter the room.
If your home’s exterior is painted a different color, you can still paint just the eaves white. They tend to angle toward the house, which will ensure that the aesthetic of the curbside will not be hampered in any way as they are visible from inside the house only.
Go For Window Screens
Screens, especially a security windows screen, are the perfect way to make your home safer without compromising on natural light and feeling the intensity of the scorching sun. They let the air flow freely, reduce heat, and access the outside view without blocking anything. So, if you are looking to enjoy your summer, give security screens a huge nod.
Take The Glossy Route
Start by placing shiny surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom. This approach will reflect the natural light and make the spaces feel much bigger than they are. Lighter color schemes in shades of white, cream, pale grey, and blue work best with kitchen cabinet doors and walls.
In the case of other rooms, you can try adding accessories and furniture pieces with reflexive surfaces to diffuse light. Metals, mirrors, and glass accessories work best for this purpose.
Pick The Right Tiles For Kitchens And Bathrooms
If mirrors aren’t your thing, you can try placing glass tiles on the bathroom and kitchen backsplashes. Glass has a quality of reflecting close to 100% of any light that hits its surface. You can also consider glossy ceramics, subway tiles and even metallic backsplash tiles for maximum effect.
Don’t Forget the Flooring
To leverage whatever little natural light your house receives in the best way possible, begin by transforming the flooring. Make your floors into a reflector by going for ceramic, stone, or wooden floors with polished finishes. These materials can reflect natural light way more than carpets as the latter is more of an absorber of light. If you want to go for a carpeted look, make sure to choose light and neutral hues.
A few simple (and cheap) changes can greatly change the appearance of your home to yourself and others and make it a more spacious and welcoming space.
We hope these tips have given you some ideas and if you’ve recently made any home improvements, let us know what you did in the comments below.