Sunlight is one of the most important elements of your home’s design. The angle it enters, its intensity and what it passes through can all transform the appearance of a room. As a bonus, natural light can be used to help you save on utility costs by minimizing the use of artificial lighting. It also brings out the beauty of woodwork and fabrics, and can go a long way toward lifting your spirits. Here are a few ways to increase and maximize the natural light in your spaces.
Get creative with windows. Windows are the key to bringing light and brightness into a home. If your kitchen or living room is hopelessly dim, add a pair of double-hung windows or large picture windows. Replace solid exterior doors with a sliding glass door or a glass-paned door with matching sidelites, and swap solid interior doors for light-transmitting French doors. Smaller specialty windows are great for lighting stairwells and landings.
Choose light color palettes. Whites and light colors reflect more light than dark colors, helping to maximize the effects of natural light. On ceilings, flat white paint is best paired with white walls, while a slightly lighter ceiling color should be used with dark walls. In very small rooms, keep large furniture pieces light in color and add contrast with pillows and smaller furnishings in deeper or brighter colors.
Play tricks with mirrors. By placing a mirror on the wall opposite or adjacent to a window, you can trick the eye into believing the room is larger thanks to the reflection of light and views. Use mirrors on glass tabletops and cabinets to give your room a more open feel. Reflective surfaces like glass tile can also give the impression of more light.
Lighten up window treatments. Avoid the use of heavy, opaque window treatments. Sheer draperies provide privacy while still allowing soft light into the space. Venetian blinds are another versatile choice – particularly for a recessed bay or bow window – because they can be opened for light and angled to direct light to a particular area.
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In addition to these changes, be sure to trim back trees and shrubbery that may block natural light from entering. For more tips on using windows and doors to maximize light and brighten the mood of your home, please contact a Sunrise Windows & Doors dealer near you.