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How To Introduce More Natural Light Into Your Home

As summer approaches and the hours of daylight in the UK increase, many of us will wish that our homes had more natural light. Unfortunately, most homes aren’t typically built with natural light in mind.

The great news is that there are lots of other ways you can increase the natural light in your home. In this blog, we explain the benefits of natural light and how to introduce more natural light into your home.

Why is natural light important in your home?

Natural light helps your home to feel more spacious, open and decluttered, which not only improves its appearance but also makes it a more pleasant place to live. 

Increasing the natural light in your home means you don’t need to be as reliant on artificial light sources, such as overhead lights and lamps. Artificial light can not only disrupt your sleep and mood but also comes at a cost when you go to pay your fuel bill!

Meanwhile, natural light can improve your body’s serotonin levels, which helps to elevate your mood and alleviate stress, making your home a more relaxing and enjoyable place to live.

Here are some ways to introduce more natural light to your home.

Repainting

One way to increase the natural light in your home is to consider the colour of your walls. Trade darker, light-absorbing colours for light-reflecting alternatives, such as white, cream or pale grey. These shades can enhance your existing natural light and help brighten your home’s interior. Keeping your ceilings white when decorating will help too.

The type of paint you use is also important. Using a higher gloss paint on your walls can give them a mirror-like sheen, which can help reflect natural light. 

Skylights

A skylight is one of the best ways to introduce more natural light to your home, as it allows light to really flood in, even on overcast days. You can use a Korniche roof lantern on an existing flat roof or extension to fill the room and surrounding areas in your home with lots of natural light.

Mirrors and reflective surfaces

Increasing the number of mirrors and reflective surfaces in your home can also improve the natural light, as these will reflect the existing light rather than absorb it. Utilise mirrors, reflective furniture, glossy cabinets or surfaces and picture frames to make the most of the natural light in your home.

Windows and doors

Windows and doors are the main gateways for natural light to enter your home so you really want to maximise on these and ensure that they allow plenty of light to enter.

Choosing a door with a window panel, or installing bifold doors is one way to increase the natural light coming into your home. You could also add windows to any spaces in your home that are particularly dark, such as hallways and landings.

In Summary

Your home may not be blessed with lots of natural light, but there are plenty of ways to introduce more natural light to your home to benefit your wellbeing and improve the look and feel of your home.

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