It is easy to do if you bring more sunshine into your home! If you are selling a house or just looking to make your home better, then bringing in more natural light is the answer.
I am sure you would agree that a nice sunny day does wonders for a foul mood. Sunlight is associated with improved moods, better concentration, and more productivity in the workplace.
If you make a few simple changes to bring in more sunshine it will make your house look and feel much more pleasant. Not only will it boost your mood, bringing in natural light also makes your home more attractive to buyers.
Here are a few ways to bring more sunshine into your home’s interior:
Add More Reflective Surfaces
Reflective surfaces, such as mirrors, will increase the number of times that daylight bounces around inside the room. Other than the cost of the mirror, this is a super cheap way to brighten up your house.
You can also paint your ceilings and walls with light or off-white colors. It may surprise you that matte finishes are actually better than glossy surfaces. Matte finishes reflect light in all directions at once.
You can also add some accessories that are going to reflect the light, such as chrome or metal.
Move Your Furniture Around
If you have furniture that is blocking the sunlight, then moving it is going to make a dramatic difference! Relocate your furniture away from the windows so that the sunlight can enter the room.
Change the Doors
If your budget allows it, swapping a solid door for a glass door can make a huge impact. This will instantly increase the feeling of brightness in your home. And it does not have to be just an exterior door. Changing a solid door to a glass door will let the light in a well lit room travel into a darker room.
If you are concerned about using glass exterior doors, don’t be! There are plenty of glass doors with superb security features. Something else to consider is adding sliding glass doors. This is great if you have an outdoor area such as a deck or garden.
Pulling the curtains back and keeping the blinds open during the day will make a big difference and won’t cost you a dime. You may also want to consider shades that travel from the bottom of the window upwards instead of from the top down. This will allow light in without sacrificing your privacy.
Clean the Windows
I know that common sense tells you a clean window will let more light in than a dirty window. But considering how cheap elbow grease, Windex and some paper towels are, this should be at the top of your list.
If your budget and the design of your home will let you add more windows, this is going to be one of your best ways to get more natural light. However, this means you need to consult with a professional before you start cutting holes in your walls!
If you cannot add more windows then there may be other options. If you are looking at replacing your windows in the future, see if it is possible to increase the size of your windows. You may be able to go taller but not wider. If you can increase the size of the windows on the south side of your home, it will bring lots of natural light.
Skylights are a great way to bring sunshine in a house. Plus they are much more private than windows because anyone passing by will not be able to see through them. Skylight are also a green since they add overhead lighting without using electricity during daylight hours.
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Widen Doorways or Remove Walls
Before you grab a sledge hammer and start tearing stuff down, you need to make sure you know what you are doing. You certainly don’t want to tear down a weight bearing wall or tear out anything important. Like some plumbing or wiring.
This may be a tip best left for the professionals but it can be a great way to increase the natural light in your home.
The Take Away
Your home is your castle and you should look for ways to maximize its value. More natural light will add value to your home and more importantly, it will make your home more enjoyable.
These are just a few ways that you can let the sunshine in and bring more natural light into your home.
If you have any other tips for bringing more sunshine into a home, I would love to hear then!