Maximising Natural Light in your Home - 5 Interior Design Tips
Most people know that humans rely on the sun as their primary source of vitamin D. When we lack it, we tend to feel tired, we get sick more often, and we can begin to feel depressed.
Unlike decades past, a great deal is now known about the benefits that natural light can have on morale, employee productivity, and on the physical space itself, but there is one question that remains: How can you make use of interior design to maximise the amount of natural light flowing into your home?
1. Keep windows clean and clear
Like any part of your home, dirt and dust will accumulate on your windows over time, obstructing the flow of natural light. Keep them clean at all times to ensure that you have beautiful windows with plenty of sunlight flowing through them every day.
2. Opt for light wall colours
Dark colours absorb the majority of the wavelengths of light energy. When dark colours are used in interior design, it can cause the house to appear dull and dim.
However, if you use a lot of white and bright colours, such as pale yellow, light creams, and pastels, they reflect more visible wavelengths of light that shine on them. This means that when natural light enters your home, it will bounce off multiple surfaces, illuminating most of the rooms. This eliminates the need to turn on artificial lighting to brighten up spaces.
3. Pay attention to Furniture arrangement
Furniture is an opaque item that, if not properly positioned, can block the flow of light into your home. To maximise light flow and reflection, we recommend arranging your furniture pieces away from windows, mirrors, or glass fixtures.
This may not be possible due to space constraints in HDB flats and condominiums, but it is a good tip to follow for landed property interior design.
4. Use day curtains
If you value privacy, opt to swap your heavy window treatments out for light and airy fabrics such as linen. You can also achieve the same effect with white and sheer day curtains.
Having natural light during the day would not be an issue for high-rise buildings such as condominiums and HDB flats. On the other hand, one will need to put in more thought when doing up landed property interior design because some properties may be obstructed by other high-rise buildings or the surrounding houses.
5. Use mirrors and glass
Mirrors and glass are fantastic materials to have in your home if you want to maximise the amount of sunlight that comes in. Mirrors can effectively reflect light, whereas glass allows light to pass through it. However, in order for these items to serve their purpose effectively, they must be strategically placed.
We recommend placing large mirrors opposite windows to reflect more natural light into the home, making it appear as if you have added another window. For a similar effect, include coffee tables or side tables with mirrored tops.
You can also use glass or transparent furniture next to the window to let in as much light as possible while still making use of the available space.
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