THE BEST WAYS TO LET LIGHT IN
Natural light is a must-have feature for a family home, a new survey reveals.
Brighter homes are nicer spaces to be, after all. Additionally though, a lack of natural light can negatively affect your wellbeing. In order to stay healthy in mind and body throughout the winter months then, it’s imperative that we let in as much natural light as possible in.
Our experts have put together these tricks and tips for letting more light into your rooms. Whether you're going big with skylights, or keeping things small with a few more mirrors, you're sure to find the option that's right for you.
Mirrors are a great way of directing more natural light into your home. Simply place one or more opposite your windows so light is reflected into the room. A little strategic mirror placement and you can bounce light into any dark corner you might want perking up.
Colour can either be a friend or a foe. Dark colours naturally absorb light, so if you want to brighten your home, going for light or neutral shades is best. Avoid using brilliant white paint on walls as it can make a space feel cold, an off-white shade will create a much warmer effect. Another trick is to paint the ceiling a couple of shades lighter than the walls to create the illusion of height and space. Choosing a paint with a satin finish will help reflect the light more than matt paint.
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c| Pendant light
Struggling to light your home when the sun goes down? Pendant lighting offers a trendy solution. For an added boost, select copper fixtures, which help reflect light across the room. There are plenty of styles to choose from, so you are guaranteed to find one right for your space.
D| Partition wall
If you are trying to divide your space, opt for a non-traditional partition wall. For example, using slatted wood allows light to pass through into either space and gives any home some dramatic flair. Ask your architect what option is best for you and your home.
Got some budget to hand? Then look into skylights, the ultimate solution to brightening up your home. Not only do they let in reams of natural light, but they may also increase your home’s value. Skylights come in a range of shapes and sizes, so you can easily find the perfect fit for your home.
Flooring can also be transformed into light-friendly reflectors by choosing wooden, ceramic or stone floors with a polished finish, which will reflect much more light than carpets. If you prefer a carpet then stick to light, neutral colours.
Don't forget the impact that the greenery outside your home can have on the light levels inside. Turn your attention to your garden and trim any trees, bushes or climbing plants that are growing around your doors and windows.
While you're outside, give your windows and glass doors a thorough clean to ensure as much light as possible can filter through the glass and into your home.
Why not talk about your options with our team? Our consultations are free for all homeowners, with our experts helping you get readying to transform your home.