What Are The Home Design Tips To Let In The Light?

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    When you're designing your home, one of the most important things to consider is how much light will be able to come in. Too little light can make a space feel dreary, while too much can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are some simple tips you can use to let in as much light as possible without sacrificing your sense of style. Read on for our top tips!

    Make A Lighting Plan

    If you're starting from scratch or redecorating a room, create a mini brief or lighting plan that tackles the essentials. Think about what activities take place in each room (eating, relaxing, working), key features of a room you want to highlight and what architectural boundaries you may need to consider. Consider style, scale, output, and even light colour temperature before rushing into design decisions. Early planning makes for fewer headaches and rushed last-minute decisions.

    Layer Your Lighting

    Take a layered approach to light with different light sources across different levels to create ambience and interest in a room. Use lighting to make the most of a room's size and shape –uplighting makes a room feel larger, low hung pendants will create an illusion of height and clusters of lighting make large rooms seem cosier.

    Make Sure The Lighting Is Helpful

    Consider what tasks you may be undertaking in each room where lighting can affect or aid you. For example, cooking requires more concentrated lighting. Therefore, bright downlights and recessed lighting in cabinets and above stove tops are useful. For reading, flexible and directional lighting aimed away from you is better. Powder rooms require a combination of sidelights and downlights. Dimmers will quickly become your new best friend, providing an energy-efficient and effective way to change the atmosphere and warmth of a room quickly.

    Use Spotlights To Highlight Your Favourites

    Use lighting to subtly (or not so subtly) focus on a feature wall, architectural element or key possession (like your mahogany leather sofa or winged armchair). For example, wall-mounted lights symmetrically arranged on either side of a statement mirror above the mantelpiece of a fireplace will add warmth, sophistication and elegance to a room.

    Less Is More

    Keep theme, colour schemes, and material finishes consistent throughout the home, especially when lighting. Too many different styles in a sordid array throughout the home can confuse the eye and cause uneasiness. Neutral, lighter tones will open up a space and make it appear larger; statement pops of colour (e.g. through lampshades) will add interest, while darker hues add a touch of luxury and cosiness. Could you keep it simple and consistent?

    Light Colours

    Introduce lighter colours to your walls by banishing statement wallpaper and dark block colours in favour of a soft shade of white paint. Shades of white will make a space feel brighter as it reflects the natural light entering the room rather than absorbing it.

    Avoid using brilliant white paint on walls as it can make a space feel cold; an off-white shade will create a much warmer effect. Another trick is to paint the ceiling a couple of shades lighter than the walls to create the illusion of height and space. Finally, choosing paint with a satin finish will help reflect the light more than matt paint.

    Shiny Surfaces

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    Go glossy in your kitchen and bathroom with shiny surfaces on units; this will reflect light filtering into the room and make the space look brighter and bigger.

    In other rooms, adding furniture and accessories with a reflective surface can help diffuse light. Metallic, glass, and mirrored accessories can all help to make the most of the light available and add stylish touches throughout the home.

    The Right Flooring

    You can also transform flooring into light-friendly reflectors by choosing wooden, ceramic or stone floors with a polished finish, reflecting much more light than carpets. If you prefer a carpet, then stick to light, neutral colours.

    Greenery

    Don't forget the impact that the greenery outside your home can have on the light levels inside. So turn your attention to your garden and trim any trees, bushes or climbing plants growing around your doors and windows.

    Clean Windows

    While you're outside, give your windows and glass doors a thorough clean to ensure as much light as possible can filter through the glass and into your home.

    Glass

    If you have the budget, then the best way to increase the natural light in your home is to install large new windows and doors. Bi-folding doors are a particularly good choice as they can transform an entire wall of your home into a glass for breath-taking views and ultimate light levels.

    Artificial Light

    Boost brightness with artificial light to enhance any natural light coming into your home rather than take over.

    Pay particular attention to areas where light from the windows doesn't reach, such as awkward corners, corridors or alcoves.

    Installing dimmer switches will allow you to control how a space is lit, enabling you to gradually alter light levels as the natural light in your home alters throughout the day.

    Light Furniture

    Remove dark furniture and accessories favouring lighter shades wherever you can, particularly if they block light from windows and doors. Also, pay attention to blinds and curtains, as heavy, dark window treatments can block light from entering your home.

    Natural Light Can Change You & Your Home's Mood:

    When was the last time you went into a dark closet and felt warm and happy? For most of us, the answer would be "not lately". Natural light is needed for all humans to thrive, and our skin, eyes, hair, mind and well being need natural light to be healthy. At the same time – your home reaps the benefit as well.

    Natural light can kill bacteria that bloom in dark and wet spaces in your home, and it creates an ambience that artificial lighting sources can't rival.

    Illuminated And Bright Rooms Make Your Home Feel More Spacious:

    Natural light and illumination can fool the eye for those who struggle to make your interiors feel larger. Dark rooms with larger furniture and well-lit rooms with less furniture can have the opposite effect on interior design. Consider using multiple lighting sources in the evening to avoid dark areas in your home.

    Ambient, task and ambience lighting such as wall sconces throughout your home will enlarge your interiors visually and make you want to linger in them longer.

    You Can Maximise Natural Light With Versatile Window Treatments

    In many homes, the problem isn't the light sources through adjacent windows, but rather the ability to let light ineffectively. First, take a look at your current window treatments. Heavy blinds, thick drapery and layered fabric curtains often keep out much-needed natural light.

    Instead, consider using lighter-weight fabrics such as cotton or linen fabrics, especially in climates that allow moderate temperatures to filter in. For more extreme climates, opt for versatile materials that you can tie back to let in light or close when the sun is glaring or too bright.

    Therapeutic And Mental Health Benefits Of Natural Light:

    We forget about the health benefits of allowing natural light into our interiors and daily lives in many of our homes. Whether you enjoy the glow of natural light through translucent glass blocks in your shower every morning or open your blinds wide in your home office every morning, natural light has a health benefit.

    Try walking outside, soaking up sunlight, and returning to your home. If your body lacks sunlight's new and therapeutic benefits, think of ways to bring it into your home in greater abundance.

    Artificial Light Can Beautify Your Home

    Lighting technologies have come a long way in residential design. From eco-friendly varieties such as compact fluorescents and LED fixtures to innovative ones like this in-floor light strip in a home bridge. The Design Group – 186 Lighting says, "From the exterior, warm glows reflect off the wood ceiling from an invisible source.

    The only linear source creates an unexpected connection between the master wing and the main house." These technologies enable the homeowner to show off their architectural detailing and still have a wonderful experience with artificial lighting.

    Therapeutic And Mental Health Benefits Of Natural Light:

    We forget about the health benefits of allowing natural light into our interiors and daily lives in many of our homes. Whether you enjoy the glow of natural light through translucent glass blocks in your shower every morning or open your blinds wide in your home office every morning, natural light has a health benefit.

    Try walking outside, soaking up sunlight, and returning to your home. If your body lacks sunlight's new and therapeutic benefits, think of ways to bring it into your home in greater abundance.

    Design Your Home With Wise Window Placement:

    If you are in the process of designing your home or you at least have some flexibility in the placement of your furniture, remember these tips with natural light, depending on where you live in the world. The orientation of your home will affect how the rising and setting sun affects you and your family.

    Consider your lifestyle – are you a morning riser and enjoy the sun waking you, or would you rather save the morning daylight for your main living areas. Think of this important window and furniture placement considerations when beckoning natural light into your home.

    Choosing The Best Lighting Fixtures For Your Interiors

    There are so many lighting fixtures on the market – we as homeowners are fortunate to have so many! Walk through your home at different times of the day to determine what activities you do the most in each room. Ambient or overall lighting usually consists of overhead lighting – while task lighting comes in the forms of under cabinet and table lighting.

    Ambience lighting such as chandeliers and wall sconces add a unique ambience to your space and are perfect for entryways and foyers. Choose lighting that compliments your interiors and allows you versatility in your everyday living.

    Use Houseplants As An Excuse To Let In Natural Light

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    Greenery and houseplants go hand-in-hand with healthy green living for humans and letting natural sunlight into your home. Give yourself an excuse to have to open your window shades daily by using greenery around your home.

    Houseplants in a sunroom or a kitchen garden can be perfect for growing herbs and small plants. Small terrariums grown on a side table or hanging in your bathroom are great for areas where you don't have a lot of space. Either way, plants give you an excuse to let in more light!

    Make Your Home Feel Like Home With The Addition Of Lighting

    You can change the mood in your home instantly with the flipping on of a switch, the closing of a blind, or the lighting of a few candles. You will enhance your lifestyle and all it offers with natural and artificial lighting. Create a home that you love to be in with these lighting ideas.

    Orientation And Sunlight 

    When designing or buying a house, we all have a list of must-haves and deal-breakers – walk-in robe, yes please; poky bathroom, no thank you. However, we often forget to prioritise natural light until it's far too late in the design process to make much of a difference.

    So whether you're designing a floorplan for your new house and land package or choosing a façade for your knock-down-rebuild, natural light and orientation should be top of mind. 

    The optimum orientation for your home will depend on the size and position of your block, but as a rule, the longest side of the house should face north/south where possible. The north, east and west sides will catch the morning and afternoon sunlight. 

    Windows And Doors – Your Secret Weapon 

    Give sunlight a chance to fill your home by strategically placing large windows, skylights and glass doors throughout the design. For example, the middle of the house can often become the darkest; installing a skylight above the staircase can draw sunlight deep into the home. 

    High-level windows in the bedrooms and bathrooms will bring light in without compromising privacy. Creating flow between communal and outdoor areas is easy with floor-to-ceiling windows and glass bi-fold doors. Not only is maximising natural light an affordable and sustainable design hack, but the effect the sun's rays have on your overall mood will mean you enjoy spending time in all spaces of your home. 

    Easy, Breezy And Light 

    Creating a design that brings natural light into your home shouldn't come at the expense of temperature control, energy costs or sustainability. Designing a house that maximises light isn't only about aesthetics; it can also be a cost-saving mechanism. For example, installing strategically placed blinds – or deep eaves – on the northern windows will allow you to control your home's temperature in the summer months and cash in on the sun's warmth during winter.  

    Ensuring you have good thermal mass on the floor – such as concrete or tiles – in north-facing rooms will mean the winter sun heats the ground and slowly releases warmth throughout the evening. Installing solar panels on the roof will allow you to use sunlight to power the hot water and electricity or heat the pool in your home.

    Conclusion

    In conclusion, by following these simple home design tips to let in the light, you can enjoy all of the benefits of natural light. Of course, your home will be more inviting and comfortable, but you may also find that it's easier to relax and rejuvenate in a bright and airy space. Have you tried any of these tips in your own home? Let us know how it goes!

    • Choose the Right Colour Palette. 
    • Bring in New Furniture and Accessories.
    • Install Larger Windows or Doors. 
    • Replace Wall Space with Glass Blocks. 
    • Wash the Windows. 
    • Lighter Window Treatments. 
    • Add Skylights.

    Design your interior surfaces with high reflectance to increase the daylight level in the depth of the space. However, be careful with shiny and very bright surfaces that could cause glare. Therefore use matte light colours to improve the visual comfort.

    Light is meant to enhance certain surfaces and subtract or add to the overall colours of some space. So, if it's a room in your home in question, lighting can improve the room's mood. For example, darker colours make a place feel cramped and smaller, while lighter colours do the opposite.

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