How to Make the Most of Your Home’s Natural Light

November 18, 2016

Natural light makes every home feel more alive and spacious. It’s also good for you. The vitamin D in sunlight is a positive force for your body and your mood, making it worthwhile to maximize your home’s lighting with mirrors, bright paint colours, and picture windows.

Spread the Light Around

Mirrors are a brilliant and affordable way to get more mileage out of the light already entering your home. The glass reflects the incoming rays around a room, making it look bigger than it might actually be. Mirrors can also double as pieces of decorative wall art, particularly along staircases if you don’t have any picture windows.

One of the most effective tactics to enhance your home’s natural light is to place a large mirror at the end of a hallway—long or short—to reflect light coming in from windows, doors, and adjoining rooms with open doors.

Reflect the Light Rather Than Absorbing it

Walls that are painted a neutral or bright colour better reflect natural light than darker walls. Dark colours actually absorb the light, preventing it from reaching the rest of the room. You can also apply this strategy to the furnishings and accents in the room, including upholstery, tablecloths, and curtains.

Painting your ceilings a lighter colour than the walls also helps to reflect the natural light in a room. White or cream coloured ceilings will carry any reflected light along the length of the room with minimal effort, while retaining a warm and inviting feeling.

Upgrade Your Windows to Let More Light into Your Home

Ultimately, the best thing you can do to brighten your home is to let in larger amounts light from the outset by installing large-scale picture windows or tilt-and-turn windows. Both window types employ a single pane across a large surface area, without cross-sections. This maximizes a room’s natural light by allowing an unfiltered, inward flow of sunlight and gives homeowners an unobstructed view of the outdoors.

Finding the right window for your home is easier than you think—especially when you can have them custom-made to fit your design and decorative needs! Call us at Catana Windows to learn how tilt-and-turn and picture windows can brighten your day!

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