Research has proven that natural lighting helps people be more productive, happier, healthier and calmer. Natural light has also proven to regulate some disorders. Exposure to sunlight is the primary method in which people receive a sufficient amount of vitamin D.
Sunlight boosts your immune system. Natural light increases endorphins and serotonin. Daytime sun helps persons sleep better at night. Sunlight helps to balance the body’s hormones.
Whether you’re looking for a quick fix or an extensive remolding project, here are ten tips for accomplishing just that:
- FREE UP YOUR WINDOWS Perhaps the best way to start is by clearing your windows of obstruction and opening them up to the sunlight.
- INTEGRATE YOUR HOUSE WITH YOUR YARD Sometimes the amount of natural light a home receives is just as much about perception as it is about reality. If your doors are open and if people are constantly going in and out of your house, for example, it is often easier to perceive that the home is getting its fair share of sun. As such, embracing your yard and your porch is a great way to help share the light.
- KEEP LIGHT COLOR WALLS Dark walls absorb light while brighter walls tend to reflect it. On this note, painting your walls white is a great way to get more use out of the natural light that filters through your home’s windows.
- USE LIGHT COLOR & REFLECTING FLOORING On a similar note, reflective floor surfaces can be equally helpful in creating a brighter interior space. The best options for this approach are white tile floors and well-shined hardwood flooring. Dark carpets, on the other hand, are generally to be avoided.
- REMOVE FOLIAGE AND OTHER OBSTRUCTIONS If you have trees or shrubbery around your home, you probably appreciate the beauty they provide and have no desire to cut them down. But, by trimming strategically, you can remove a branch or two that allows for more light without decimating your trees
- REPLACE WOOD AND BRICK SURFACES WITH GLASS Any wall in your home currently composed of wood, brick, or plaster can be replaced with glass so as to bring in more light. Since replacing a full wall is an incredibly expensive undertaking, many people choose instead to get rid of their wooden doors and put glass ones in their place – a far cheaper proposition. Glass can also be used as a reflective material in kitchen designs and other interior spaces.
- INSTALL A SKYLIGHT It goes without saying that a skylight can obviously help bring more natural light into your home. You can maximize its benefit by placing a new skylight in a room that, by design, doesn’t get much sun. Candidates include bathrooms, walk-in closets, and hallway corridors.
- ENLARGE YOUR WINDOWS Bigger windows will quickly translate into more light absorbed into your home. If you live in an older house with traditional square windows, an enlargement project of this sort could truly go a long way.
- RAISE YOUR CEILINGS Large rooms are usually more capable of trapping and reflecting natural light. Towards that end, knocking down your ceilings, eliminating your attic, and making your common areas taller can help these rooms feel far airier and brighter.
- MAXIMIZE MIRRORS There is one final reflective material that can be used to increase light: mirrors. While mirrors will surely bounce any sunlight onto opposing walls, make sure to position these mirrors so as to avoid directing the sun straight into a person’s eye.