Let’s face it: Nobody feels at home in a dark cave. Natural light is something everybody needs! In fact, natural light can even boost your mood and make you more alert. That’s why you should accentuate your house’s natural light wherever possible.
Here are some practical tips on maximizing natural light so that your home feels more welcoming and comfortable.
1. Add Mirrors to Your Decorating Scheme
Mirrors reflect nearly all light they receive and bounce it into the surrounding areas. Evaluate your home for places where there isn’t much natural light and place mirrors strategically to brighten them up. Corners and rooms with few or small windows are the perfect spots to hang a mirror. Don’t go overboard, however, as having multiple mirrors in every room can come off as a bit strange! A few tasteful, decorative mirrors create the perfect balance.
2. Replace Heavy Curtains
Heavy curtains and drapes block out sunlight. Replace them with sheer alternatives or Venetian blinds. That way, the sunlight streams in while still providing the option to cover the windows for privacy or to reduce glare when necessary.
3. Remove Obstructions
Sometimes there are shrubs or trees outside windows that block out large portions of light. To combat this, reorganize landscaping to let more light inside the home. This could include moving plants and shrubs or trimming down larger trees. For the interior, rearrange furniture so that it is not blocking the windows.
4. Utilize Reflective Surfaces
Mirrors aren’t the only reflective surfaces you can incorporate to maximize light. You can also use chrome objects or other glossy decor throughout your home. Place them on mantles or coffee tables so that they become focal points.
5. Keep Windows Clean
It’s amazing how much light a dirty window can block. Keep your windows clean, and you’ll enjoy significantly more sunlight. We recommend doing a thorough window washing every 2-6 months and spot treatments as required.
6. Implement A White or Neutral Color Scheme
The lighter your walls and overall aesthetic, the more light is reflected. Darker colors tend to absorb light, so use them sparingly as accents. To really go the extra mile, paint the ceiling in a glossy white. That will really brighten up the area!
7. Embrace Doors with Windows
Glass doors or doors with windows brighten up entryways and contribute to a more open floor plan, allowing more light to illuminate your home. (And, as a side note, you can invest in high-security glass to make these options safer than ever.)
By following these tips, you’ll have a bright, welcoming home that embraces natural light, and you’ll wonder how you ever lived in that dark cave!
Craftmark Homes has served the Washington, D.C. area for over 27 years. We’re a luxury home builder who prioritizes expert craftsmanship for all of our properties. Our homes feature big windows, skylights, and lots of natural light! If you’re in the region and are ready to move from your cave into a new home, please contact us today to discuss your needs. We have gorgeous offerings in a wide variety of amazing locations, and we’ll make your dream home a reality.