Natural light is extremely important in your home especially as it can boost your vitamin D intake, improve your sleep, reduce the risk of the “winter blues” and in general, help you to feel less stressed and more happy.
But how do you make the most of the natural light in your home? Below are our handy little tips…
Stick to soft, light colours
We all (well, most of us) like big bright and bold colours but adding these to your home and plastering them all over your walls can actually make your room look darker, especially in the colder months where there is a more limited level of natural light.
So leave the statement wallpaper and bold colour choices on the shelf and pick up a lighter, softer shade such as a off-white or this beautiful sage green – avoid brilliant white too, as this can make your home feel cold and clinical!
Keep your garden tidy
This may seem super obvious but it is one that is easily forgotten. Keeping the greenery in your garden tidy by trimming trees, bushes and any climbing plants around your windows and doors can help to maximise the light coming into your home.
If you have the option to, it may even be worth cutting back on the number of trees or bushes in your garden to increase the natural light coming through even more.
Choose the right flooring
Just like with the paint and wallpaper you choose to put on your walls, it is important to select flooring that will help to reflect the light, such as this plush light grey carpet.
However, even if you really like the feeling of carpet between your toes, we know how impractical it can be to have light coloured carpets in your home, especially if you have children and pets. This is where wooden flooring, as well as ceramic and stone, can be great options, particularly in kitchens, hallways and other areas with a larger footfall.
Reflect the light
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? That’s right, a great way to increase the natural light in your home is to introduce plenty of reflective surfaces such as mirrors, which will enable natural light to bounce around the room. In the kitchen, choose gloss work surfaces over matt!
Also, don’t limit yourself to one mirror. Why not have fun making a feature wall with multiple mirrors of different shapes and sizes? You could also mix them in with some of your most treasured family photos too!
Create walls of glass
It may not always be possible to increase the light coming into your home without making modifications, which of course comes at a cost. If you do have the spare budget, adding sliding or bifold doors can really help to let more light in.
Our aluminium UberSlide sliding doors, as seen below, are a perfect way to make the most of the natural light available to you. With their minimal sightlines and wide panel options, you can maximise the light coming into any room. They also add a super sleek touch to your home interior design.
Fixed glazing is also ideal if you want to make the most of the natural light in smaller spaces, such as hallways, or if you don’t need your glazing to open up to the outdoors. Internal glazing should not be overlooked either, as they not only offer a source of natural light from another room, but they can create an interesting feature too.
Why not go all out and use a mix of fixed panels and bifold doors to create a whole wall of glass, like in the beautiful home below – just look at our alu-clad fixed glazing panels in the gable area above our aluminium bifold doors – what a great way to maximise the space and light available!
Glazed gables are also great at creating an interesting internal or external focal point, ideal for both traditional or contemporary homes, and as our bifold doors allow you to open up to 90% of an aperture, this pairing lets the light flood in whilst connecting your home’s indoor and outdoor spaces.
Rooflights can also provide you with a beautiful focal point and are perfect for enhancing the look of an extension or existing living area where you do not have external walls for side glazing. Flat or pitched, placed above a dark staircase, a dining table or kitchen island, a rooflight can bring in twice the amount of light of an average window.
If you need some advice on how our products can help maximise the light in your self-build or extension project, why not contact our expert team today who will be more than happy to help!