7 Ways to Improve the Natural Light in Your Home

Posted by Ben Thompson on 07.11.14

Natural light in your home enhances mood, adds ambiance and promotes a healthy environment.

Who doesn't want a home that's warm, inviting and healthy? One of the easiest ways to improve your home in these areas is by enhancing and improving the flow of natural light. Better use of natural light also reduces energy consumption and can lower your utility bills.

Here are seven ways to improve the natural light in your home.

1. Windows

Examine how the sun moves around your home and add windows where you will gain the most sunshine all day long. You may choose to change the size and shape of your windows or add an entire wall of windows to bring more natural light into your home.

natural light Wall of windows added in living room.

2. Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDD's) or Skylights

If you don't know what a TDD is, its a reflective cylinder that is installed between your home's roof and ceiling. There's a clear plastic dome that sits on top and the bottom has special glass to allow soft light into your home. Skylights are great for providing overhead light in a space. They are a great option when wall space isn't available for windows.

3. Glass Doors

Replace solid exterior or interior doors with glass doors to allow the flow of natural light throughout your home. For private spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms use a glazed or etched glass.

4. French Doors

Another option for door replacement is a French door. French doors are very visually inviting and also offer a wider entrance into a room. They are perfect for doors into outdoor spaces and offices.

natural light Walls were removed to create an open concept floor plan

5. Remove Walls

Create an open concept floor plan by removing non-load bearing walls. This type of floor plan allows light to travel through all the connected spaces and can also greatly improve the function of your home. Not only will you have more light, but you will also be able to see into the other rooms of your home, which is great for entertaining.

6. Add Mirrors

One of the more economical ways to improve the flow of natural light is to install windows to reflect light from windows or doors on opposite walls. You will also create the illusion of a larger space.

7. Paint

Choose your colors wisely to enhance the room. Dark hues look great in a room with lots of natural light. Although you may be tempted to use a light or pastel shade in a small room, they can make the room appear darker. Bright primary colors (yellow, red, and blue) work well in basements.

When you are ready to improve the natural light in your home, please contact Thompson Remodeling to discuss your ideas.

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