There are countless advantages to natural light. Multiple studies have shown that increasing the natural light in your home directly correlates to a number of health benefits. With more natural light, people are more productive, calmer, happier, and healthier. But there are other advantages as well. For one, it can help reduce energy usage in your home, which in turn leads to environmental benefits, as well as cost benefits for you in terms of lower energy bills. So, if you’re looking for ways to increase natural light in your home, here are a few things you can do:
Create The Illusion of Natural Light with Mirrors
Depending on the placement of the mirrors, you can use them to make a room appear larger, more open, and brighter. The simplest and easiest way to position the mirrors in your home to give the illusion of more natural light is by placing the mirror directly opposite your windows. The light will bounce off the mirror and double the appearance of natural light in your home. If there are particular corners in your house that are still not getting adequate natural lighting, you may need to angle a mirror or two to make the light bounce off the mirror and into that darker area.
Painting Your Walls
Dark colors absorb light, rather than reflect it. If you have dark walls in your home and you want to brighten up your living space, you may want to consider painting the walls a lighter color. Neutral colors such as whites, light browns, beiges, and light grays are the best colors to use if you want to increase natural light, as they reflect colors the best. High gloss paint is an even better choice as it reflects even more light.
Opening Up Your Home to the Outdoors
Is your front door completely solid, our does it have glass panels? The more glass you have along the exterior of your house, the more natural light you are going to have in your home.
So, replacing your solid exterior doors with doors that have glass panels is another great way to brighten up your space and give your home more natural light. If you’re concerned about privacy, you can try using translucent or frosted glass. They’ll give you significantly more privacy than transparent glass, while still bringing in ample natural light. Some other options along that same vein include replacing your patio door with sliding glass doors or French doors, and/or replacing your current windows with bigger windows. The same basic concept applies as adding doors with glass panel: more glass to the outdoors leads to more natural light inside your home.
While we may not be able to help you with the mirrors and painting of your house, we can help you with replacing your windows and doors. Give us a call today to schedule a no obligation appointment! We will give you the best recommendations given your wants, needs, and budget, and provide you with a completely free estimate. Don’t hesitate. Give us a call today!