As we move into more of the colder months and the sun sets earlier, you may be wondering how to maximize the natural light in your home. Sunlight can not only help our space look bigger, but it can also help aid in curbing seasonal depression, help stop sickness, and saves on energy in your home.
Natural light is such a big selling point in homes today, so remodeling your space or working to add more light can not only improve the home while you are there but can increase the value of the home when you look to sell. Rosewood Home Remodel wants to make your home a sanctuary, so we will do our absolute best to increase the comfort of your space.
1- Add Mirrors Or Extra Shine
Mirrors can help make a room look bigger, but if you put one strategically across from a window it can almost double the amount of sunlight that enters the room. Shiny objects or finishes can help reflect light and add it back to the space rather than absorbing it. Some items you could try are silver photo frames, accessories with glass, glossy floors, metallic ceilings, or metallic vases.
2- Choose A Light Color Palette
If you took art in high school, you probably learned that dark colors absorb light, while whites and other light tones reflect light. When designing your home or remodeling, choose a color palette with more light colors to include natural light in your home. One painting trick that can help lengthen your room is to paint the ceiling just a few shades lighter than the rest of the room.
Opening the window shades and adding gloss finishes to your light surfaces will help the room feel much brighter and airy.
3- Try New Accessories
New accessories and furniture can help brighten the space. While furniture doesn’t bring natural light, it can help make the space lighter. Try accenting lighter colors and choosing large pieces to help light stand out. This tip can be done on a budget because you do not need to remodel the whole space and can choose pieces that will complement what you already own.
4- Install More Glass Or Taller Windows
More windows automatically mean more natural light. If adding more windows is in the cards for your home remodel, think about making them taller, rather than just adding too many windows. Other glass objects or walls can help increase the light in your home without a remodel.
Installing a sliding glass door, creating a wall of glass blocks, adding a skylight, or just one window to a small space.
5- Wash Your Windows Often
Since your windows are how the natural light enters your home, it is important that the light can get through. If your windows are dirty, light can have a hard time reaching all of the spaces in your home. Cleaning your windows will allow more light to be received in your home and make it easier to see out of. Clean windows improve the look of your space and if you want the natural light to be your focal point, that often means people will be looking closely at your windows.
6- Add A Skylight
Adding too many windows can sacrifice privacy for rooms like a bathroom or bedroom. These spaces are a great place to add a skylight. Skylights are essentially just a window that is made in the ceiling and can let the natural light spread through the whole entire room.
Skylights can be placed in more than just the bathroom or bedroom, just make sure that they are properly sealed and not installed somewhere that sacrifices the integrity of your roof.
7- Pick A Door With A Window
Installing a solid door may seem like the safest option for an entrance to your home, but if you are working on adding natural light, installing a front door with a small window or glass insert can help flood your entryway with a soft glow. Your entryway is meant to be inviting, adding more light can help people feel welcome and help you feel ready to tackle the day.
8- Skip Window Treatments
Curtains and blinds are meant to keep the sunlight out and add privacy. If you are wanting as much natural light as possible, ditch the window treatments and let it in! It may be best to do this in areas of your home that are face away from the street, or other neighbors. Living rooms, dining rooms, or areas where you don’t need as much privacy, are good places to start.
9- Make Light Your Focal Point
Designing your space around the window or point of natural light will make it seem brighter and most important. If furniture pieces and decor were facing the light and centered around it, the sunlight will be able to illuminate the best parts of your design. This can also give your guests a great view of the landscape or view from your home because the seating is optimal.
Noticing what natural light you can incorporate in your home is important in small or dark homes. Focus on the positive by facing natural light and window fixtures.
10- Opt For Light Washed Floors
Just like paint colors, light-washed floors can help reflect the light around your space. While dark wood floors are in style right now, opting for a lighter tile or a gray wood can help make your space feel more light and airy.
If you live in a home with little to no windows, dark paint, or low ceilings, improving the floors can be a budget-friendly way to increase the illusion of giving yourself more breathing room.
Work With Rosewood Home Remodeling
Looking to upgrade your home? Look no further than Rosewood Home Remodeling. We offer to remodel multiple areas of your home and we offer painting services. We are your one-stop shop for home improvement. If you are feeling bored with your current look or need a more functional space, we can take your wish list and turn it into a reality. Contact Rosewood to schedule your consultation today!