There’s nothing better than a light-filled home. It brings a sense of fresh brightness, making a house feel warm and inviting.
There are plenty of benefits of natural light, from creating the illusion of more space to enhancing your wellbeing.
Here are some of the benefits of welcoming more natural light into your home and the best ways to let it shine in.
Choose the right window coverings
A great way to allow natural light into your home without comprising on privacy or insulation is incorporating window coverings that can be easily raised off the window at the optimal times of the day.
You can even opt to motorise your blinds with options such as PowerView Motorisation, that can be programmed to automatically lift your shades at sunrise to let the light in.
Functional window coverings are essential, as they provide the best of both worlds – they create the balance between allowing natural light into the room and avoiding the dark cold hole that’s left in your windows of an evening when the sun goes down.
How to achieve it: Blind options such as Silhouette Shadings are a great choice as they diffuse the incoming light to provide a soft warm ambiance even when they are lowered. They also allow you to reduce the glare and restrict the view through from the street.
Better light, bigger space
Welcoming natural light can enhance a small space by making it appear bigger. All you need to do is set up a space to take full advantage of the natural light pouring in.
Keeping to a light colour palette for furniture and decorative items while streamlining your furniture will help light filter through a room, creating the illusion of space. And who doesn’t love settling in to a beautifully light-filled room that looks and feels spacious and open.
How to achieve it: Ensure that light is coming into a room from two separate points so that it eliminates glare and shadows. Consider installing tubular skylights which can be relatively inexpensive.
A healthy, happy home
The health benefits of natural light are undisputed. A room with an abundance of natural sunlight can be an instant mood booster, making you feel more energised. While it’s also been proven to enhance your immunity, increases circulation and increases vitamin B and D.
Apart from creating a space that feels energised and bright, natural sunlight is seen to be a natural disinfectant and will rid the home of any bacteria that could be lurking on surfaces.
How to achieve it: Concentrate on filling the rooms you use most or are most productive in, with natural light.
Save on energy costs
Creating a well naturally lit space means eliminating the use of lights during the day and potentially at night too. The windows and skylights on the market today have their own energy saving advantages, so if you are building do your research and choose what will work with the orientation of your house.
The less light you use will definitely have an impact on your electricity bill, not only from lighting but from heating and cooling costs too.
How to achieve it: Choose products that insulate your home properly and consider window placement carefully. Alternatively, use mirrors to bounce light around a room making it stretch further.
Control your climate
If you have the luxury of living in a home with an abundance of natural light, you also have the luxury of being able to control your climate by minimising the amount of times you turn on your heater or air-conditioning.
A room that has been heated with lovely, warm sunlight is much more cost-effective and sustainable than running a heater.
That’s why selecting the right window coverings – which gives you the option of letting in the right amount of light – is so important.
How to achieve it: Opt for window coverings that block out harsh sunlight and instead create a soft, gentle glow to lighten a room. A good option for this are Duette Shades, which not only insulate your space by trapping air within the honeycomb cell, but are also available in a wide variety of styles such as Duo-Lite.
This style can be opened from the top, from the bottom or adjusted to sit anywhere in between for the perfect balance of light and privacy.
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