Natural Light: How to get the most of the light in your home in 5 easy steps
Natural light is beneficial to our health.
That’s right, daylit environments increase our productivity and provide lots of mental stimulation.
With heaps of benefits, it makes sense to encourage its presence around our homes.
Now, you may be thinking, ‘but my home does not have much natural light‘.
While its worth acknowledging that daylight is often unpredictable, with a little strategic design you can maximise even the smallest amount of light in a property.
Its actually really straightforward, and our 5 easy steps will help you get started. So let’s begin!
Step #1 Pull Back The Curtains!
Beginning with an easy one, pull back the curtains, or raise your blinds and let light into your home.
Well, by letting light in, you can identify where and, more importantly, how it enters your home.
Once you know this, you can begin planning how to better facilitate incoming light in these spaces.
Step #2 Merge Natural Light with your Interiors
The next step is to combine daylight with your existing décor.
What does this mean exactly?
Well, light naturally reflects on surfaces, and so too will reflect on objects and colours in your interior. This is a great opportunity to create an interior design that will utilise this reflective effect and spread light throughout the house.
Go for a lighter minimalist look where possible with reflective surfaces in mind. For example, try to use white paint or accent colours, especially for your walls and ceiling, and add accessories such as glass and/or mirrors.
Light will bounce off all of these surfaces, giving your rooms a fresh bright ambiance that you can thrive in.
Step #3 Create New Opportunities for Light
Sometimes you need to create opportunities for light, so this next step is focused on doing just that.
Little things to do could be swapping out your pre-existing doors to one with a window or try translucent fabrics for curtains.
Don’t limit this to inside either. Light can even be obstructed from outside by greenery, so do check. You would be surprised how often this happens!
Depending on how far you would like to transform your home, you can also consider making some architectural changes such as installing skylights. Though this should be considered a little further down the line.
Step #4 Introduce the Right Kind of Shade
So we know where light is entering the property (and where it isn’t), and our interiors are doing their best to accentuate this light, so what’s next?
Not the answer you were expecting?
Hear us out.
While these steps have been encouraging you to let light in, it may seem kind of counter productive to suddenly talk about shade. However shade is actually an important part of how light works.
Shade offers a reprieve from light, letting us determine how much pure light we want in our lives at anytime.
Plus over exposure to light can create glare and even cause thermal stress. So having shade options lets us maintain a healthy relationship with the light in our property.
Its worth noting that shade doesn’t automatically mean blackout blinds either. There are many options to diffuse light without losing the beneficial effects of natural light.
Step #5 Consider Silhouettes, Twists and other Helpful Furnishings
With shade in mind, next its a good idea to assess your existing shade options.
Do they work well with light? If not, consider new options that may work better.
So where to start?
For us when it comes to preserving existing light, the silhouette blind immediately springs to mind.
The silhouette is a unique blind that uses floating vanes to soften entering light. Its specifically designed with harsh light in mind, so a big asset for creating and maintaining sunny spots at home.
It also has a designer presence that gives your home the best of both worlds.
Another solid option is the twist roller blind. This is a roller blind that alternates between sheer and opaque fabric panels. It lets light through in manageable doses.
Think about light curtains too, as these will give your windows a bigger airier appearance.
There are lots of options but finding the right fit will help you to manage light in your rooms.
Want More Advice?
We hope you now feel ready to reconnect with natural light in your home!
Light is full of positive effects and we have lots of unique products that can help you achieve a healthy balance.
If you would like to learn more about any of our blinds, curtains, translucent fabrics or general design advice, please contact us.
Thanks for reading!