If you feel that your home is darker than it should be, here are some ways to create more natural light at home.
How many times do you look at a house picture on Instagram or Pinterest and think, My house doesn’t look that bright? So, Photoshop probably had something to do with it. But there are also ways you can get more natural light in your home without clever editing work.
Think of the natural light as if it’s water. A wall or a doorway will block it off. Your house could be dark for a whole number of reasons, but allowing the light to flow better will make all the difference.
If you have a separate kitchen and dining room, you’d benefit from knocking a wall down and creating one large kitchen diner space. Both rooms would have double the number of windows they started with, and it would allow the light to come in from both sides of the house.
If you have lots of walls downstairs with doorways blocking the light, the best way to fix this is with glass doors. It’ll make your hallway feel bigger and brighter. Install a glass front door as well, and there’ll be plenty of natural light coming through each internal glass door.
This is basically common sense, so I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you. Dark colours will suck the light out of any room, as will dark furniture. You’ll need to brighten as much as you can through light colours, light wood, and light furniture.
It’s also best to think about ‘light’ furniture (and not the colour kind). Avoid heavy fabrics like velvet, and instead choose lighter fabrics in light colours.
It would also be best to choose high gloss furniture over anything wood. The gloss will act in the same way as glass, reflecting the light.
Light From Above
The best way to get more natural light into your home is from the ceiling. Homes are being built closer and closer together, which means many of your windows might look out onto your neighbours’ wall (lovely view).
Fixed Glass Rooflights are a great option if you have a large, open plan space. They’re ideal if for some reason you can’t add more windows, or if adding windows won’t actually make much difference.
Rooflights are good for a north-facing room which might not get as much natural light. They also look stunning.
Do you struggle with a dark house? There are plenty more tips and tricks that I haven’t written about here: adding more lamps into the corners of the room, adding mirrors where possible, changing your flooring, or getting a light coloured rug. The list goes on.