Have you ever wondered how to increase natural light in your home?
Does your lounge or bathroom always seem gloomy no matter what you try? You're not alone! This is a very common problem interior designers are asked to solve all the time.
A bright and well-lit space isn't just inviting, it increases your overall mood too. So, if you're sick of glaring lightbulbs and you want rooms which feel bathed in natural light then read on.
There are a number of ways in which you can make the most of the natural light coming into your home. Here's our top five.
Number One, Glass Doors
The most effective way to bring more natural light into a room is by installing doors that let the light pass through. This might mean replacing solid panels with decorative glass or installing sleek and modern sliding glass doors.
Traditional hinged doors can also be entirely made of glass and suspended glass doors and panels can replace interior walls. If you're looking to brighten up a gloomy room then opening up space with glass doors and partitions is the perfect solution.
Bi-fold, French and patio doors are also a fantastic way to open up your space to the outdoors. There is a huge range available, take a look at some ideas here.
Number Two, Windows
The position and size of the windows in your room have an enormous effect on the amount of light which flows into it. Depending on the size and style of your property, there are a huge variety of windows to suit any taste. From bespoke shaped or clerestory windows in hard to reach places to traditional sash windows for a period property windows are key. If you're not sure what the possibilities are for windows in your home, contact an expert. Window design and manufacturers such as Abelglass can advise you on the perfect windows for you.
One more thing. Although obvious, by just cleaning your windows this will have a big impact on how much natural light enters the room. The cleaner they are, the more sunshine can enter.
Number Three, What's Outside?
As mentioned in tip number two, windows are the best way of making the most of natural light. For this to be effective the light needs to be un-obstructed. Sounds obvious? It is, however, you'd be surprised at the number of homes with trees and plants blocking the light. Avoid planting trees on the southern side of your home, and trim any which are existing. Find out why here. Make sure you trim plants or bushes which are in close vicinity to your windows. If the light can't reach your windows, it won't be able to brighten your room. Utilising space above your front door to add windows will also add more light.
Number Four, Mirrors
Allowing sunlight to bounce off reflective surfaces will double the amount of light in your room. Hanging a large mirror directly across from the largest window in your living room will have a huge impact. Similarly, a large mirror in a small bathroom will dramatically increase the feeling of light and space. In other more awkward spaces, you can hang an arrangement an of smaller mirrors to help brighten a dark hallway or ensuite.
Number Five, Flooring & Decor
Use light and bright wallpaper and paints, just make sure they have a warm tone to avoid a ‘clinical’ feeling. Matte finishes will also improve the feeling of natural light, as gloss paint produces a glare which actually reduces the sense of light. Another trick is to create a feature ceiling using gloss paint. Unlike gloss paint on the walls, this will reflect light and increase the feeling of space.
When your space needs additional light then paler wood flooring will help brighten up the room. Lighter colours are also perfect for well-used areas as scratches aren't as obvious. Add metallics to your decor and accessories. Similarly to traditional mirrors, shiny surfaces will both reflect and increase the light in the room. Whether this means copper accents in your family room or a mirrored splashback in your kitchen, the possibilities are endless.