Light has a huge effect on a person's mood and well-being. The right amount at the proper time of the day serves as a signal for the body’s internal body clock. If disrupted, it can affect mental and physiological functions. Here’s how you can add more natural light to your home:
Windows and doors
Let in natural light by enlarging your available windows or adding more. For places like the bedroom and the bathroom where you need more privacy, add high windows (about a little close to the ceiling). You may also consider adding external lourves to let in a desirable amount of light and protect your home from direct sunlight.
Change your doors to glass or French doors. Not only will these let in more light, they can also make your home feel wider. Keep the light coming in by cleaning your windows and doors on a regular basis.
Skylights and solar tubes
A skylight can bring in natural light. Not only that, it also has the added benefit of making a room feel higher. If skylights are not an option, consider installing solar tubes. Using reflective pipes, these tubes bring natural light down from the roof of your house.
Lighting for dark areas
In any house, there are nooks and crannies that natural light cannot reach. Think underneath shelves and cabinets or inside closets. Light up these dark corners by installing concealed or pendant lighting. Your space will get brighter instantly and even feel wider.
Mirrors and shiny objects
Mirrors reflect light and they can make any space feel bigger. Put wide mirrors up in areas of your home that need brightening. Likewise, add more objects that reflect light, such as shiny vases and picture frames. Consider adding more transparent pieces, too. Think glass tabletops and acrylic furniture pieces.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but keep away from sombre paint colours as they absorb light. Light colours, on the other hand, reflect light. If you intend to use white paint, choose a cooler shade (think less yellow, more blue or green).
Even if you have a small space, you can make it a bit bigger with the correct lighting, paint, and fixtures.