Fresh air and natural light are two things that are needed in every home, to ensure proper health and well-being. If you are planning to carry out some big renovations, you might need to do a few changes at some placs, in order to have more sunlight into your house. Here is how to go about it.
Survey your home
Do not make changes hastily. First, you should walk around and assess each room to find out where there is less light. Do you have small sized rooms, with dark floors, heavy furniture and small windows? Begin the process by shifting around furniture, and find out whether that helps admit more light into the rooms. If that fails to help, you can try out a few ways to make your rooms look brighter.
Set up mirrors
Mirrors are not only for cosmetic improvement. These can be great indoor decor items. When you have more reflective surfaces inside your rooms, there will be more light and the spaces would look apparently bigger in size. You can get in more natural light with mirrors, silver reflective photo frames, crystal chandeliers etc placed strategically as well as door knobs made of brass. Basically, any reflector that you like can be used with success.
It is important to hang mirrors on walls that lie opposite your windows. The light that reflects from the window can make the rooms look brighter and bigger.
Opt for curtains
In case curtains are a must-have for you, opt for lighter colors and fabrics to get more sunlight in. Darker curtains can absorb more sunlight. Lighter curtains with layers can be great if you love some exuberance in your indoor decor. However, real or faux wood shutters can be best if you love minimalist decorations. These can block heat but admit enough light into rooms. Do you have smaller rooms? Get in natural light with slim blinds. You can have cooler, airy spaces with curtains made of woven, organic fabrics.
Use light fixtures carefully
It is important to put light fixtures with a lot of care. When there is indirect lighting that points at the ceiling, you can make rooms look well-lit and brighter in form. By having a floor lamp at the rear part of the room, you can direct the light in an upwards fashion. This can let more sunlight enter during the daytime, and help retain the daylight ambience when night falls. To be able to do this with more ease, try keeping a brighter floor lamp at the room’s rear end.
Paint the walls brighter
If you want to make your rooms look brighter and bigger more easily, have them painted in a lighter color shade. It is easily know that light is absorbed by darker colors, which means darker rooms tend to look smaller in comparison. If you are preparing to have your walls painted, choose pastel shades such as eggshell blue, lemon, beige or off-white. It would not cost much, but the effects can be very satisfying.