We are all busy these days. From work to home, rinse and repeat. Rarely, do we have time to spend soaking in the necessary sunlight to maintain a well-balanced life. Natural light is more important than ever for our well-being.
Benefits of Natural Light
Basking in 30 minutes of sunlight a day reduces stress and tension. While it would be awesome to be able to relax outdoors, busy lifestyles make is difficult. Allowing natural light into your home or office provides stress reduction while you complete your day to day tasks.
Allowing the light to stream into your home reduces your need to rely on artificial light. Within plenty of sunlight, your costs and energy use greatly reduces.
Many of us spend long periods of time staring at our computer screens. This has been shown to increase brain fog and eye strain. Taking a few moments throughout the day to glance out the window has shown to increase focus, reducing strain.
Increased Home Value
Bringing in natural lights creates the impression of larger rooms with an overall feel of health and happiness. Maximizing great views and open spaces increase the value of your home.
Natural light can make a home lighter and brighter and give the feeling of more space. Increasing the amount of natural light in your home reduces your reliance on artificial light during the day (also reflected in your electric bill!) while boosting your sense of well-being.
If you want to flood your home with natural light, these six tips are a great place to start.
Natural Light Tips
Open the Door
Replacing a solid exterior door for one with windows or side lights instantly brightens a room. If you are concerned with security, add one or two windows to the top to increase daytime visibility without adding a birds-eye view to your home.
Use Existing Windows
Opening the curtains or blinds during the day immediately illuminates a room. Trade heavy drapes for sheer curtains. Rearrange the furniture if heavy furniture blocks light coming through those windows.
Painting walls white or other light colors will help move the natural light around a room. Dark molding can absorb light, so consider a lighter hue for those, as well.
Trade Walls for Windows
Let the sun shine in and take advantage of a view by installing a wall of windows or sliding glass door.
Place mirrors around the room to reflect existing natural light. Experiment with different sizes of mirrors and how they’re placed. An added benefit is that mirrors will also make the room appear bigger while doubling your light.
Without enlarging the opening in the wall, you can increase daylight with replacement windows that have thinner frames, or bay windows whose three sides naturally grab more light.
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