If your house is very dark and you want to brighten things up then there are a few techniques you can apply to make a difference. Incorporating more light into your property’s design can save you money, reduce eye strain and significantly improve your mental health. Various studies have shown that people who are exposed to natural light are less likely to develop depression, anxiety, and stress disorders.
However, if you are not experienced in interior design then you will likely have no idea how to get started with using natural light. Don’t worry though, this post will tell you everything you need to know.
The most effective way of getting more natural light is to install more windows. Many people’s houses don’t get a lot of light, mainly because of bad design, or other houses blocking the sun. According to the experts from Windows Are Us, a bespoke windowmaker will be able to listen to your requests, and then create a window that’s entirely unique and designed exclusively around you. It is true that bespoke windows can be expensive, but they are a fantastic investment. If you plan on adding more windows to your house, then you will need to apply for planning permission, because adding windows alters your home’s structure.
If you aren’t able to add new windows to your house because it’s rented or for any other reason, then add in as many mirrors as you can. Mirrors reflect light, so if you place them opposite a window, they can then spread light throughout the room. The larger the mirror, the more light you will get. Bear in mind though, if there are no windows in the room that you are adding mirrors into, they will not make your room look any brighter unless an artificial light source is placed in front of them.
Houses that have lighter colour palettes tend to have the appearance of getting more natural light than they actually do. The best colours to paint your walls if you want to improve your home’s appearance and make it look like it gets more natural light than it does are beige, white, and light green. You may also want to invest in a light-coloured carpet, too. You can repaint your walls yourself, but you might want to hire a professional to fit a new carpet for you. A contractor will be able to fit a carpet more effectively, and much quicker than you would be able to.
Another change that requires planning permission is the installation of glass blocks, in place of walls. You will have to knock down walls in your house in order to fit glass blocks. Glass blocks are best if you live in an apartment, or if you do not want to alter your home’s facade by adding in new windows. You should be aware that the installation of glass blocks can be very expensive, and will require the help of a professional contractor, for obvious reasons.
If your home doesn’t get a lot of natural light, then it can be very bad for your mental health. Thankfully though, if you follow this post’s advice, then you will be able to improve the amount of light that the rooms in your home get.