When homeowners begin the process of shopping for a home, emotions such as excitement and anticipation may take over the process. You may not realize that your dream home has very little to offer in the way of natural light until after you have signed on the dotted line.
No worries, however, because there are several options to create a lighter and brighter space for your home even it does have limited natural light. Natural light on home entryways, patios, and the interior of your home can give the feel of lightness. Sometimes, however, there just is not enough light found naturally.
While skylights may seem like an expensive alternative from the outset, skylights may save you money in the long run. Skylights brighten and lighten up a room naturally and have the potential to save you money on your energy bills.
Also, skylights bring a little bit of the outdoor sky indoors creating that natural lighting you may not get elsewhere throughout the home.
A Little Can of Paint
Believe it or not, a little can of paint can go a long way. Painting your living a light, soft, sunny shade of pale yellow will give the impression that the room is bigger than it appears and that there is much more natural light than there appears.
Painting trims and moldings bright glossy white, on the other hand, is one of the oldest tricks in the books to get your home looking pristine and light in no time. Adding crown molding in white also gives the room a lifted look as though natural light is just pouring in from the outside.
If you have an area of your home that you can replace smaller, shorter windows with floor to ceiling glass doors or windows, that is the best option to let in more light. Not only will you let in more light, you will also give the room a feeling of being connected to the outdoors and of being larger than it really is.
Placing windows above patio doors on blank empty spaces of wall and wherever one may not exist is an excellent way to bring in extra light.
Of course, there are dozens of ways to play with lighting in order to obtain a look that is lighter and brighter. Placing lights above pictures or décor on the walls gives an illuminating look to the room.
Tubular daylighting devices are a brilliant way to mimic skylights and bring light to rooms that either have none or have that closed-in feel to them.
Candles, sconces, and mirrors also play an integral part in reflecting light from other parts of the room that are well lit.
So, as you can see, there are many ways to be creative when it comes to adding natural light to your place.
Posted December 22, 2013
by Gabriel Posternak.