Natural light is the best light. Not only is it free, but it is also the best light for photography, art, and reading. However, not every house is set up to take advantage of natural light. Any number of things can cause your home to feel dark and cave-like. It could be that your house has too few windows, low ceilings or trees surrounding the property. However, you don't have to "put up with it". There are a few things you can do to improve matters! We've collected a few tips to help you:
- Add Skylights – Adding skylights is a big job and you may need assistance with the project. However, this is an amazing way to add natural light to the top floor of your home. You may also be amazed by the energy savings that skylights can have—since you will be using less artificial lighting.
- Change Out the Doors – That big heavy front or back door is blocking a lot of sun! Why not choose a door with glass panels to up the light flow into those rooms? A new door is an easy way to add a lot of light. If you are worried about privacy, consider a curtain panel that you can open and close as desired.
- Paint Contrasting Colors – Light colors are an excellent choice for bringing light into your home. However, choosing to use some darker shades will add contrast and depth to the house. This opens it up and allows the natural light to flow through the house in the best way possible.
- Utilize Well-Placed Mirrors – Mirrors, when placed correctly will reflect natural light that is already flowing into your home. It is important that you put some thought into where you hang the mirror and make sure it will provide an element of reflection and openness.
- Open (or remove) Interior Doors – Closed doors make a space feel confined, and no lighting can pass through the space. Look at doors that could be opened or removed and see what a big difference it makes to leave them open. The light that shines through your home will increase, and you will feel like you're in a larger, more open space.
- Cut Down a Tree or Two – In some cases, the bigger problem is outside, not inside. While no one likes removing trees, if you can add a significant amount of light to your home by sacrificing a tree, it might be worth it. Perhaps you will choose to plant another in its place somewhere else on your property.