Natural light is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to increase the comfort of your home. With the right décor solutions, you will see a huge difference in your living environment. If you are having a home built or purchasing a luxury home with a flexible floorplan, it's the ideal time to use all the available natural light.
Here are a few tips to help you maximize your home's natural light.
When you are ready to decorate your windows or choose window coverings, be sure to consider how they will affect the light that's coming in. While plantation shutters are a functional option, they block a lot of the natural light – even when you leave them open.
Today, homeowners are starting to see the benefits of motorized blinds. You can open these daily and close them easily when you want privacy. These blinds are extremely convenient and let sunlight come in with just the push of a button. For shades or curtains, be sure they are hung on the tops and sides of your windows. This will ensure the full amount of natural light can come in without sacrificing the style of your home.
On the exterior of your home, be sure to avoid installing window overhangs that will shade your windows. A porch may also block natural light and make your home feel much darker.
If you have limited natural light available in your home, you should try to maximize what is available by installing mirrors. Decorating with mirrors will help reflect the light around the room and make the room seem brighter and lighter. You can hang a mirror across from a window, letting the sun bounce off and around the room. You can also use metallic or shiny décor pieces reflecting natural light. Taking these steps is a great way to maximize the natural light in your home.
Color can greatly impact the look and feel of your home. This is especially the case if you have limited natural light. In this situation, it's best to avoid using dark colors. These are going to absorb light instead of reflecting it.
It's best to use light neutrals and whites to make the space feel larger and brighter. You should also consider the LRV – Light Reflectance Value – of your paint color. You will find that the options range from zero percent for black paint up to 100% for pure white. Your ceiling color will also affect how "light" your roof seems.
No matter the age or type of home you have, there's no question that natural light offers many benefits. Use the tips here to ensure that you achieve the maximum benefits of natural light in your home. Being informed is the best way to ensure that your home is comfortable and a pleasant environment to be in.