Natural light is an incredibly important part of your home.
With just a little bit of light, each room in your home can be transformed from a dark, unused space to a more habitable, open room full of potential.
Natural light not only opens a world of possibilities for your home but also has positive effects on your health and wellbeing.
Acting as a natural disinfectant, natural light can reduce bacteria growing in your home and boost your immune system. It can also help regulate your natural body cycles, helping you sleep and feel more refreshed.
Most importantly, natural light makes you feel more energised, productive and happier, ensuring you can quickly shake off the winter blues.
With all the benefits of natural light, it only makes sense that incorporates designs that emphasise and increase the light in your home.
To help you make the most of your natural light, we’ve put together our top five design tips to keep your rooms open, light and stylish.
1. Use reflective surfaces
Reflective surfaces will reflect the light and views from your windows, increasing the amount of natural light in the room.
A great and easy way of achieving this is through a range of decorative mirrors. If you don’t want to include mirrors, reflective surfaces such as back-painted glass backsplash are also a great way to ensure that the light bounces around the room.
2. Don’t block the light
Blackout blinds are amazing at giving you total control of the light, helping you to sleep better in the total darkness.
In the daytime, make sure you remember to open all your blinds and curtains and make the most of what daylight you have.
For those that want the light but not the heat, blinds such as thermal or awning blinds are excellent for letting soft light into the room without the heat, giving you comfortable and consistent temperatures all year round.
3. Use light colours
Dark and warm colours absorb natural light, while lighter colours reflect it.
To make your room look more light, open and spacious, use light colouring and paint, particularly on the walls.
That doesn’t mean that everything in your room needs to look clinically white. The light colours could be paired with splashes of vibrant colour for an eye-catching and open room, or incorporate subtler pastel tones for more understated looks.
For those that want a more elegant look, silver accents are also fantastic at reflecting light and blend beautifully into a light colour scheme.
4. Use hard flooring
Although carpet may be comfortable, it isn’t reflective.
To exaggerate the natural light, choose a hard floor with a polished finished. Whether wood or stone, hard floors will make the room look more open and light, as well as give a sleek and modern look that complements the light style of the room.
For those that want to add a little comfort, try adding decorative rugs to complete the look.
5. Increase the light
In rooms that get little or no natural light, most design tips can’t make the most of what simply isn’t there. Sometimes, the best way to make the most of natural light is to increase it.
If the room is underneath the roof, skylights or roof windows are a simple and luxurious way to increase the natural light in your home. Skylights are installed above your line of sight, while roof windows are installed lower in your roof, allowing you to walk up to and open them manually.
If the room isn’t directly underneath the roof, sun tunnels are a brilliant way of adding natural light by reflecting it down into the room.
With a variety of different styles, designs and options, there’s bound to be a natural lighting option perfect for your home.
Natural light is an amazing way to transform your home while making you feel healthier and happier.
Believing that everyone should experience the benefit of natural light, our tips help your rooms make the most of their light.
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