If you want to add style and enjoyment to your abode, why not make canny use of natural lighting? Many homebuyers today cite natural light as a desirable characteristic, so you’ll instantly boost your resale value. Plus, you may improve your mood, as natural light acts as an antidote to seasonal depression, also known as a seasonal affective disorder, which is something I know Claire suffers from and she recommends this SAD lamp to combat the symptoms.
How can you create more natural light in your home? You might need to hire a contractor for some fixes, but others you can complete yourself in a weekend. Here’s how to let the sun and natural light shine in so you don’t have to rely on artificial lighting.
7 Nifty Natural Lighting Tweaks For A Sensational Interior
1. Swap Out Your Curtains
Maybe you opted for blackout curtains or focused on keeping your curtains shut during the summer months to save on air conditioning. But now that the days grow shorter, it’s time to take advantage of the passive solar heat the sun provides.
Take your heavy curtains down and replace them with sheer or lacy numbers. However, if it’s Autumn in Britain, this might mean you lose a lot of heat out the window. An alternative is to hang the lace panels as a bottom layer. You can buy double poles like these so you can do that very thing and have two curtain layers. That means it saves energy while still allowing light in.
These let natural light stream in while still preserving your privacy. If you’re going to leave your old curtains up, invest in beautiful tiebacks (Anthropologie have real jaw-droppers) or make your own with pretty scarves to take advantage of the sun.
2. Update Your Wall Colors To Reflect Light And Add Light Colored Interior Design
Did you know lighter colors create the illusion of more natural sunlight even on a cloudy day? Plus, you can complete most home painting projects in a single weekend.
You can find a variety of lighter shades, so you don’t need to confine yourself to ecru or eggshell. Light yellow energizes the body and light blue or lavender relaxes you. You can also add a stylish border on one wall to create an interesting focal point. Using white will obviously allow light to bounce depending on the paint finish. Improve your mood by allowing the light walls to reflect natural lighting as much as possible for your daily dose of the sunshine vitamin to improve your mood! The best part is that it will also help to reset your circadian rhythm to help you get a much better nights sleep.
Related: The Ultimate Guide To Choosing Bedroom Colours [Expert Guide]
3. Consider Skylights For Optimum Sunlight Indoors
You’ll probably need to hire a contractor for this project unless you happen to be one. However, skylights can result in a 45 percent improvement in your overall energy consumption, making this project pay for itself over several years. Plus, skylights increase your home’s resale value, putting more money in your pocket if you eventually decide to sell.
Let light bounce around like crazy when you have a skylight. It can cause additional shadows if there is a recess in the roof, which doesn’t actually help with natural lighting. They tend to create a bright rectangle but it never adds light to the rest of the room. Keep skylights flat to the roof to ensure you’re getting as much as you possibly can from this light source.
4. Expand Your Outdoor Living Spaces
Do you have a screened-in deck? If so, you can extend the outdoor life of it by constructing 1×1 wood frames lined with glass, plexiglass or plastic sheeting to create a greenhouse effect. While your outdoor living space will cool overnight, you create an instant and economical Florida room. You can enjoy all the benefits of sitting outside (or letting the children play there) without freezing, even during colder days.
5. Replace Your Screens
Many homeowners hesitate to open their windows if their screens have holes for fear of insects entering. Replacing your screens costs relatively little but enables you to take advantage of natural light — and fresh air. If you live alone, concentrate on the upper stories first if you live in a two-story or more home. This way, you can take advantage of cooler night temperatures free from security concerns (most thieves won’t scale walls to gain entry).
6. Upgrade to Security Doors
Security doors let you fling open your entryway without feeling unsafe. They let natural light stream in while keeping you secure. If you live on the front range of the mountains or another windy area, seek out security doors with an additional wind chain to prevent gusts from blowing your door off the hinges (or letting precious pets out).
7. Invest in Window Tint For Privacy & As Much Light As Possible
Finally, quality window tinting lets you take down your curtains altogether if you wish. It allows you to see out while keeping would-be miscreants (or looky-loos) from observing your private moments.
Window tinting also cuts UVA and UVB radiation, preserving your youthful skin — and your furnishings. Over time, natural light can fade fabric or leather furniture. It can also dull hardwood floors. The right tint helps protect your investment.
Let the Natural Light Shine In!
Whether you hire a contractor or decide to DIY, the tips above will allow you to let more natural light stream into your home. Here’s to fun in the sun all year long, courtesy of your upgraded abode!
About The Guest Author:
Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Guides for Brides, Hotel-Online and more!