Natural Lighting - How to Make Your Space Shine
Presented by:   Jenn Walker, Leading Integral Blinds

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One of the benefits of natural lighting in your home is the elevation of your mood.Photo by Leading Intregal Blinds.

There is no doubt that natural lighting can add cheer into our home. It almost feels like the joy we have during the summer instead of winter. Besides other substantial benefits of natural lighting, it also helps you save money on your utility bills in the long run. In this era, the last thing that we want in our lives is stress on how to clear our utility bills. More so, we want the rooms in our home that see the most daytime activity to have sufficient natural lighting even during the colder seasons.

Where is the problem?

Well, if your home is already built, it is almost impossible to make any structural changes since it will be too expensive. In the UK, for example, rooms and gardens facing the south enjoy maximum sun exposure, unlike those facing the north. So, if your home has already been built facing the north, probably due to other structural reasons, you’re already in a permanent situation.

If you’re still looking for a home, you’re lucky since you now know what to look for in addition to your other preferences. However, if you are already in the permanent set-up, worry not! Consider making lasting modifications to achieve a brighter home.

Here are top solutions to help you solve this:

1. Clear the Windows Of Blockages

The first thing to think about would be adding more windows into our rooms or making them bigger, but you could be overlooking simple things like dust on the panes or trees out in the yard blocking the light. Clean the interior of all the windows at least once a month and the exterior side quarterly in a year, using squeegees. Also, clear the bushes outside your yard and ensure they’re always below the window level. Remove the stump if you need to remove a tree near the house permanently.

If you’re afraid of doing this yourself, call in a tree professional to do it safely. If you still need trees in your compound, these pros will advise you on the best trees to plant in your yard and especially on their final look when they mature. They suggest that you grow a large tree at least 40 feet away from your home and fix smaller trees at least 20 feet away.

2. Rearrange the Room's Layout

Your interior home arrangement could be the reason why your home is not receiving ample natural lighting as it should. Therefore, look through each room to ensure that all the furniture is well arranged to allow optimum natural lighting into the room. Try to create space and move tall and bulky furniture to the room's dark side. Ideally, you should arrange your furniture in an open layout that’s not obstructing the windows in any way.

3. Consider Window Treatments

Consider how much natural light your window treatments will let in.Photo by Shutterstock.

People often consider changing window treatments to get rid of the busy curtain look and bring in more light. However, there could be too much of a good thing. At times, your home could be receiving too much light which becomes destructive and uncomfortable for the occupants.

Luckily, the right window treatments can help balance this since they can be easily adjusted to suit the season, and apart from that, can add to your privacy. If you need appropriate window treatments, consider consulting experts dealing with windows with internal blinds to ensure that you get the right choice for your home.

When choosing blinds, a good rule of thumb is to select soft ones that can filter out excess light while still letting in the light you need. Each room may require different blinds, so be open to that option if the experts advise you.

This extends to the interior design work of your home since you should be cautious enough that it matches the color scheme and style of the room. However, if you’re afraid that your home will have a mismatched look, use the same window treatments in each room that equally match up your home while enhancing its look.

4. Sun Tunnels or Skylights?

There have been many discussions surrounding the use of skylights or sun tunnels. However, this is all dependent on preference and your location. Over time, skylights have faded in popularity because they are expensive, need more labor, and expose you to direct light exposure, which is unhealthy for the occupants.

Most homeowners are now shifting to the new alternative of sun tunnels because they’re cheaper and less stressful to install. They also add a decorative spark to your home and do not expose the occupants to direct sunlight. If you don’t want to add reflective mirrors to your space, sun tunnels are the best option since they operate on the same principle. Sun tunnels capture light and reflect it downwards into the room.

Before settling for any roof additions, consult a professional roofing contractor to advise you on the best choice for your home.

5. Check the Colors

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Lastly, it's essential to note that the painting in your home will significantly affect how much natural light gets reflected into the rooms. Darker tones absorb the light, while lighter tones reflect light into the room. The same principle also applies to the color schemes of your furniture and artwork. However, it’s easier to lighten up those dark walls and the ceiling.

Consider using lighter, more natural shades like blue, green, or gray to reflect the light as desired. Also, ensure that your ceilings are bright and clean to ensure that light bounces sufficiently around the room. This effect will make the room feel larger and more open than it actually is. You can also add colorful rugs to dark floors to lighten up the floors.

No matter the design of your home, it's possible to enhance each room's lighting. With the solutions listed above, look through each room and identify the best way to address each situation. Be careful not to overheat your home and if you need any fixtures or main modifications, get the best experts to do it for you in the right way.

About the Author

Jenn Walker is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.