Flooding a home with natural light instantly makes it appear larger. Natural light also has a positive psychological impact and it can make us feel healthier and boost our wellbeing. Below, you will find some practical tips and easy-to-apply techniques that will bring more light into your home and make the space feel brighter.
Opting for bathroom and kitchen units with shiny surfaces (i.e., highly-reflective tiles) will contribute to making the rooms look bigger and brighter as the light diffuses on these glossy surfaces, turning them into mirrors. You may also add mirrored, glass or metallic accessories and even furniture with a reflective surface blended with other matt surfaces to create a statement look. Besides helping you maximise available light, they also make a stylish addition to the home décor.
The same applies to flooring, surfaces with a polished finish (whether stone, ceramic or wooden) are an ideal choice. However you should choose your material carefully, high gloss surfaces can be slippery and this can be dangerous when used for flooring. You can choose a matt surface that has light reflective flecks in it you can also buy a rough surface like ceramic tiles or slate and then apply a specialised gloss floor sealant.
Use Bright Colours
Swapping dark block shades with lighter hues will help give the place a more airy feel. This is because brightly-coloured walls reflect the natural light coming through the doors or windows rather than absorb it (which is what darker tints do). The same applies to wallpaper and carpets – choose something lighter with more vibrant colours for the same reason. However, opt for a warmer, off-white shade when planning to paint your walls as pure white can make a room feel a cold. To create the illusion of space and height, consider painting the ceiling slightly lighter than the walls. Remember that matt paints reflect less light than those with a satin finish.
Replace the Windows
If you have the budget, adding new windows or enlarging existing ones can make a tremendous impact on the amount of light that flows into your home. For example, installing large bi-fold doors can immediately transform an entire wall into glass, leaving you with optimal light levels and a gorgeous view of the outside. If this isn’t possible then you can consider a smaller project like a skylight. Adding one of these can dramatically improve the light levels in a room.
Replacing windows is too expensive and messy for many people. In this case, the best (and less disruptive) alternative is to replace the fussy curtains with a beautiful set of roller blinds. The good news is that this is a rather simple task for DIYers. You can do that with either inside mounts that fit on the inside of the frame or outside mounts that attach to the trim or the wall.
Take a look at how to install blinds with these easy steps:
- Measure the windows and select the right size depending on whether you will mount your blinds outside or inside the windows. Read the directions on the package for directions (size-wise). Take into account those guidelines and mark the width.
- Mark the centre of both the blind head rail and window opening.
- Slip the mounting brackets on each side of the headrail. This will create a frame. Centre the blind inside it (the frame) and then mark the locations of the brackets.
- Remove the blind and mark the holes. You can easily do that by holding the brackets in place. Drill pilot holes and use screws to lock in place.
- Drill pilot holes again, after you mark the centre bracket location.
- Attach the bracket and put the blind head rail in the brackets. Don’t forget to secure.
- Attach the wand to the hook and then snap the clips of the valence on the headrail.
- If the valence returns don’t fit, just cut them.
- Place the bottom end caps of the rail.
Play with Light
Artificial light can work wonders on enhancing any natural light that enters the home and boosting brightness. An excellent idea to achieve that is by installing dimmer lights. That way, you will have better control over how an area is lit. Dimmer lights also enable you to change the light levels per your preferences (i.e., improve brightness after sunset).
Install Glass Blocks
Not the simplest task for a DIYer but it is definitely an effective fix to bring more light in areas that lack natural light and give the space a different stylistic direction. The job includes adding glass blocks to sections of the exterior wall. You follow the same procedure as with fitting a door or window, which means that you need to install headers over the glass block sections. Giving any glass surface a good clean (i.e., your glass door or your windows) will also increase the amount of light that fills your space.
It doesn’t take much to bring more natural light into your home. From simple tricks to more labour-intensive projects, these handy tips will help you boost the light levels inside your house or apartment.