Natural light is one of the most sought after features in any home, and there’s nothing more pleasant than sunshine streaming through the windows to warm up the house on a wintery morning. Especially in rooms like the basement, they can feel incredibly dark and cut off if the windows are small and they don’t get a lot of natural light. Fortunately though, there are a lot of ways to increase natural light in your home so you can brighten up your space. Here are a few ideas.
Install larger windows for natural light
One of the most obvious ways to increase natural light in your home is to install larger windows. While you can’t change the positioning of the house, what you can do is maximize how much light can enter your home. French doors are wonderful additions to a kitchen or dining room, especially as they open up into the garden. Big windows are very on trend at the moment and there are plenty of styles to choose from.
Opt for lighter coloured paint
If you can’t install larger windows, then one option is to get creative with what you already have. White, cream, and light coloured walls reflect light really well and can make a room look and feel brighter. Large mirrors also work really well for reflecting light, so perhaps consider redecorating to maximize your space.
Remove thick curtains
One very simple way to increase the natural light in your home is to replace big, thick curtains with wooden or rolling blinds. This will make a big difference especially if you have small windows, as the light won’t be at all blocked by thick heavy curtains.
Prune large trees
If you have large trees and hedges blocking the sunlight from entering your home, this can easily make your home feel dark and small. Look at the area around your home and if any large trees in your yard are providing too much shade and blocking the light, it might be time to cut them back or remove them completely.
If you can’t enlarge or add windows to the walls of your home, how about installing windows in the roof? Skylights are a great option especially in the kitchen, as they allow sunlight and sunshine to stream right into the home. Another great option is to replace your inside doors with ones that have glass panels, so that existing light in the home can continue to flow through into other rooms.
As you can see, there are plenty of simple and creative ways to increase natural light in your home. Want to chat more about enlarging or replacing your windows in Vancouver? Get in touch with us today to talk about your options and what’s best for your home.