How to enhance the natural light in your home

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How to enhance the natural light in your home

It’s great to have a good light flow within your home, and even better when it is natural light. Not just because it makes your home feel more spacious but also due to the many health benefits that natural light provides. This includes sleep improvement, reducing the risk of seasonal depression and increasing your vitamin D. Does your home struggle to allow natural light in? If so, then take note of these 6 tips:

Replace your windows

When was the last time that you replaced the windows in your home? If you can’t remember, it may be a sign that they need updating as well as a great way to allow more light into your home. If your living room has minimal natural light, perhaps look at installing large fixed windows into your space? Fixed windows mean that they cannot be opened, however they do create opportunities for large amounts of natural light to fill the home. If your home currently contains leaded windows you may find that they make your home appear darker and allow less light in the home so perhaps it is time to switch them out?

Switch out your back door for bi-folds or exterior pocket doors.

To some, back doors are just a necessary feature to allow you in and out of the garden and that is about it. If this is the case in your home, and your back room feels dark and dreary then you are missing out on an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of patio doors. Now you don’t need to have a patio to install these doors, but it does make the installation more worthwhile if you are opening your home out onto an inviting garden. Patio doors are not only a practical feature for the warmer months, but they are an excellent way of making your home feel spacious and bright. Do your research into the different style of doors to ensure you have the best suited for your home and remember, find a professional to do this!

Re-decorate, brighter, lighter colours

The colour of your room can have a big effect on the light. Dark colours within a home absorb natural light rather than reflecting it however a brilliant white can also make a home feel cold. Light plays a huge part in the home, so it is important to get the colour right. An off-white colour can help to brighten yet also warm the room.

Sliding barn door into an open plan kitchen and dining space

Walls into mirrors

Mirrors are a fantastic feature for every home. Mirrors reflect light which makes a room appear bigger. Large floor length mirrors are a great asset in various rooms such as the living room, hallway, bedroom and even the kitchen. For maximum effect, position your mirror directly opposite a window to create maximum light within the room however, you must make sure your mirror is not magnified. Magnified mirrors opposite windows can magnify the sun’s rays onto nearby objects, causing them to set on fire. If you are going to incorporate this tip then remember, the larger the mirror the more light that will be reflected.

Implement skylights or sun tunnels

If your space requiring more natural light isn’t suitable for standard windows, then why not research skylights or sun tunnels? Skylights are perfect for loft conversions but also regular homes with flat roofs. Skylights and sun tunnels help to add light into closed rooms or corridors where windows are not possible. You may be surprised once you see the amount of light that both features can bring into your home. With so many products on the market, it is vital that you do your research surrounding these features to ensure that you have the best possible option for your family and your home.

Guest suite in a converted loft space

Shiny surface furniture

A home renovation or redecorating isn’t for everyone. If this is you but you still want to make your home brighter, then try changing your furniture. We mentioned previously that mirrors are a great way to help reflect natural light through the home. Combine this technique with light neutral tones to make the room appear more spacious. Materials also play a part in this. Silk, satin and other shiny/lustrous fabrics can help to add further shine to your home creating the illusion of them being lighter. Mirrored and high gloss furniture is another way to help reflect the light around a room.

There are so many avenues to explore when it comes to enhancing the natural light within your home. From installations to extensions, if you would like some help to find the best solution for your home, then just get in touch with our team today. We promise to help you through every step of the process and ensure the work is completed to the highest of standards. Call us today on 01206 396667 or send us an email at enquiries@jdoconnell.co.uk to help you brighten up your home.

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