Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Clever Solutions For Natural Light Problems

As the winter nights start to draw in a little earlier, the opportunity to get some natural light becomes smaller with every passing day. And if you live in a home where natural light is virtually non-existent, it can be a dark and gloomy time. However, whether your home lacks enough windows, or is just in the wrong position to receive the sun’s rays, there are plenty of solutions. Some will cost you a lot of money, others will be as cheap as chips - so let’s take a look at all your options.




Lighten up


First of all, take a good look around your home and see if any walls could do with brightening up. If your home is gloomy and dark, a splash of light and bright colored paint - preferably a satin finish - will be much more effective than dark, block colours and statement wallpaper. You will be surprised at how much lighter your rooms become - although you should always avoid that glaringly brilliant white, as it can often feel cold and sterile.


Ditch the carpets


Carpets suck the light in, rather than reflecting it. So if you are thinking of new flooring, now might be the time to rip it up and start again. The cheapest option is to expose your floorboards, sand them down, and then apply some wax or oil to finish. But if you have some money put away, why not consider some natural stone tiles? Both options will reflect every last bit of light that comes through your windows, making it appear much brighter than it was before.


Make some holes


If you really want to go to town on this, it’s time to get busy with a sledgehammer. Most homes that suffer from poor natural lighting do so because they feature tiny windows, meaning no light can get in. Widening the window holes will have an instant impact - as will knocking through a wall into your garden. If you want to add a touch of luxury, why not take a look at some bi fold door systems? They are available in wood or aluminium, and basically turn half of your wall space into one giant window.


Get busy in the garden.


Before you spend a fortune, however, make sure you check your garden. Big trees, large bushes, and towering climbing plants can all block light from your windows - so consider whether or not it would be beneficial to cut them down. If the offending trees are growing in the next door garden, it’s worth popping in to see your neighbours. Most people will be reasonable and consider your request - just be polite!


Metal accessories


Finally, think about replacing your old wooden furniture and accessories and looking for metal or steel replacements. Again, the reflective surfaces will direct any natural light into all four corners of the darkest room. Metal and steel accessories can add a touch of style to your home, too.


Any more tips to add? Leave your natural light advice in the comments section below!


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