Best Ways to Increase Natural Light in Your Home
Natural light is fundamentally different than artificial light it bathes your room in a rich full spectrum color that light bulbs can only hope to mimic and it boosts your body's levels of feel-good serotonin. The best part is that natural light will not come with the electricity bill at the end of the month. It's free.
Many houses, apartment, real estate project were not built with natural light in mind. Short of taking your home and turning it in the direction of the sun or relocating it entirely to a sunny location – there are a few remodel projects you can do that can extensively increase interior natural light.
Paint Your Eaves White
Overhangs are eaves or soffits created by your roof. Either they are left as open eaves or they are covered with a horizontal soffit.
In any case, this section reflects natural light and sends it to your home. Painting your eaves white is a little-known way to promote natural light in every room in your home.
Even if the exterior of your house is a different colour, you can still paint your eaves only in white. Because of how the eaves angle toward the house, the appearance of the curbside will not be affected. You will mainly see them from inside the house.
Use lighter, brighter interior wall and ceiling paints
Painting walls and ceilings white or another light color may seem like an easy way to add more light, and it is. But if you're not completely convinced, consider these tips:
Your best bet: Interior wall color is the number one way to reflect natural light back into your room. The Light Reflection Value, or LRV, can range from about 100 percent for pure white to close to 0 percent for black. All colors in between will have more or less LRV.
White is the brightest: nothing is brighter than white. If you don't really like white, but really want lighter, look into white with some other color tone; White comes in a huge range of subtly different colors.
Ceilings are important: Most ceilings are white for a reason: White reflects light. And since ceilings often go unnoticed when surveying room decor, there's no design penalty for going with white. Flat white is preferred over glossy gloss because matte finishes reduce shine, and ceilings do not require the wash ability of glossy paints because they are not regularly touched upon, such as walls and trim. We do.
Turn Your Walls Into a Mirror With High Gloss Paint
"The higher the brightness level," says paint maker Sherwin-Williams, "the higher the light reflectance—more light will bounce off a surface painted with higher gloss paint than one with a matte sheen."
In other words, by using glossy paint for your walls, you give them a mirror-like effect. And as everyone knows, mirrors reflect light.
That doesn't mean you should use high-gloss paint, although you can. It means going up a notch in the bright direction. So, if you like matte, try eggnog. If you like the shine of an eggshell, try a semi-gloss. If you have an extremely dark room, you may want to consider lustrous paint for your walls, even though it is not commonly used on walls. Just be aware that more brightness means more glare from bright light, especially artificial light.
Use Glass or Highly Reflective Tiles
Glass tiles are the next best thing to mirroring your kitchen or bathroom backsplash. In the right lighting, glass tiles reflect almost 100 percent of the light that falls on them.
After glass, install highly glossy ceramic tiles for an almost equal reflective effect. Compare a low-reflection (and trendy) backsplash material like concrete or pallet wood against a simple white subway tile backsplash. In terms of light reflectance, subway tile is superior to many other materials. And at only a few dollars per square foot, it's pretty cheap too.
For maximum reflectivity, intensify the light even more and install metal backsplash tiles.
Replace Wall Space With Glass Blocks
Not the easiest solution but an effective solution, replacing parts of your exterior wall with glass blocks lets in a fair amount of natural light, otherwise no light will enter your home.
Glass block is not a structural replacement for a wall stud system, so headers must be installed over block sections, as you would with any window or door unit.
Install Skylights in Your Ceiling
Skylights are a surprisingly effective way to draw in natural light. In fact, skylights are often called windows to the roof. Skylights not only offer as much glazing area as a medium-sized window, but they also extend upward, depending on where the sun is located.
Skylights bring in more consistent light than most windows because skylights are less likely to be shaded by outside objects, and sunlight reflected from clouds comes directly into the home.
Add Reflective Room Features
When sunlight falls on a chandelier, it sends more light into the room. And the chandelier doesn't even need to be on for this to happen.
Think in terms of room elements that are bright, glossy, and reflective: mirrors, sconces, and glossy cabinet pulls.