There are only a few things that can match how natural light changes the look, feel and appearance of colors and space in your home. Natural light does way more than enrich our bodies with vitamin D and improve mood by lowering cortisol (stress hormone) in the body. Natural light has been known to greatly improve the aesthetics of homes and make small spaces look bigger.
Do you feel like you’re living in a cave in your home? Have you ever asked yourself “how can I increase natural light in my house?” You don’t need to ponder anymore. Compiled below is a list of tips that will help you increase the amount of natural light in your home;
1. PAINT YOUR EAVES WHITE
Eaves are the overhangs created by your roof that towers over your window. Eaves can either be left open or covered with horizontal soffit. Due to the reflection of rays, eaves contribute immensely to the amount of natural light that comes into your home. Painting your eaves white is one easy way to direct more natural light to every room in your home.
2. CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS
Windows are the main source of natural light in every home. When they’re dirty, murky or dusty, they block out a great deal of natural light that would illuminate and beautify your home. Worse than a dirty window is a damaged window. Asides from posing security threats, damaged windows do a poor job in channeling a good amount of natural light as they should. When you have a damaged window, improving the amount of natural light in your home only means you get window replacement done as soon as possible.
3. TURN YOUR WALLS INTO MIRRORS WITH HIGHER GLOSS PAINT
It is a well known fact that sunlight easily bounces off surfaces painted with high gloss paint than one with a matte sheen. The higher the gloss paint level, the higher the natural light reflectance in your home. So when you need more light reflection in any space in your home, it is advisable you introduce more high level gloss paint to give that mirror-like effect that would keep the room illuminated at all times.
4. INSTALL SKYLIGHTS IN YOUR CEILING
Little wonder they are called “window for the roof”. Skylights in home play important roles in pulling in natural light from the surrounding. Due to their placement, skylight does a great job of bringing in natural light because they’re less likely to be shadowed by outdoor objects. Asides from facing upwards (where the sun is located), they also provide so much glazing area (that direct natural light reflected off of clouds right into your home) that can be said to be equivalent to a medium-sized window.
5. MIRROR MAGIC
Whether images or light, mirrors reflect whatever bounces on them. Mirrors properly placed opposite windows or hallways create larger reflection of natural light that sets upon them. This reflection brings a large amount of natural light into your room, making your space look much bigger and lively.