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How to Manipulate Light in Your Dark Interiors

So you are about to move or have just recently moved and, while you are aware of the importance of quality light distribution in your home, you aren’t exactly sure how to achieve it. This article will help you successfully manipulate the light within your home, throughout the day.

Natural Light

Having to keep the lights on during the day is not only inadvisable budget-wise, but it may also compromise your sight, as well as cause psychological problems, if used to a large extent. Luckily, there are ways to bring in more light into your home, without too much investment

  • Mirrors – Even if the sun doesn’t shine at a mirror directly, a lot of sunlight will be reflected. Placing your mirrors strategically – on a wall adjacent to a window, will help you bring a lot of light in.
  • Reflective surfaces – Mirrors aren’t the only objects that provide reflections. A back-painted glass backsplash can help you welcome a lot of light into your home.
  • Keep the windows clean – Although it might not seem so, your windows are dirty! Glass is a surface that smudges easily and even if you can’t see it, the tiny particles of dirt are preventing the sunlight from coming in.
  • Ceilings – Ceilings play a huge role in providing your home with enough light. If you are looking to buy a house, make note of homes with high ceilings. However, when it comes to paint, whatever the color of your walls is, aim at painting the ceiling in a lighter shade. Furthermore, do not refrain from using matte paint – although it is not as reflective as glossy and semi-gloss, it will bring in a lot of light.
  • More windows – Obviously, windows play the largest role in keeping your home well-lit. Wherever there is enough space for installing a window, you should aim at doing so.

Natural light

Caves

A large number of gorgeous homes are actually quite badly lit. Commonly known as caves, these houses will need some work, if you are aiming at achieving a healthy amount of sunlight.

In addition to the obvious solution of adding windows, aim at installing Daylighting Devices, also known as Skylights. Skylights are reflective pipes installed between the roof and ceiling that help you bring in even more light. While these seem like lighting installations, the daylight that these windows bring in is tremendously different to the artificial lighting.

Adding glass doors can also help boost the amount of light that your home receives.

However, certain room – such as bathrooms – aren’t really compatible with windows, for obvious reasons. Luckily, faux wood blinds are perfect for bathrooms, because they were designed to let as much light in as possible, without being see-through.

faux wood blinds

Cardinal Directions

Commonly known as “North, South, East and West”, the points of the compass greatly influence how you should make room arrangements.

  • North facing rooms – These rooms get a lot of indirect sunlight, which is somewhat colder and bluer than light received from other windows. Aim at making north facing rooms bathrooms and utility rooms.
  • South facing rooms – South facing rooms benefit from a lot of sunlight over longer time periods, which makes them automatically warmer and brighter. This is why avoiding strong colors is the name of the game when it comes to these rooms.
  • East facing rooms – These obviously get a lot of sunlight in the morning and in the early parts of the day, yet tend to turn colder once it’s past noon. Aim at using warm colors here.
  • West facing rooms – Once the day is past noon, these rooms get a lot of direct sunlight. Maintain cool colors to make the room relaxing and enjoyable.

direct sunlight

When looking to properly illuminate your new house while the sun is still up, make sure that you aim at never having to turn the artificial lights on. Follow the mentioned guidelines and you are looking at a welcoming, bright and inspiring home.

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