Natural light is fabulous for homes. It is a proven mood enhancer and a great way to set a welcoming and positive vibe in your home. After such a long winter, our bodies and our spirits need a healthy dose of sunlight, and so I try to incorporate ways to allow natural light to flood in and brighten homes.
To further reflect natural light, nothing beats a simple mirror. Hang a large mirror (or even a grouping of mirrors) on a wall opposite a window. A large mirror could actually double the amount of light in a room!
The color scheme in your home is also crucial to enhancing natural light. Dark walls can be striking, but they also absorb light. Light white or cream-based paint with a shiny satin finish will enhance reflection. Stay away from yellow tones, because although you’d think they would be an ultimate sunlight color, they actually can make a room look dingy. Whites and light grays are brighter options. And don’t forget to maintain this color scheme with the furniture and accessories, like in the fabulous sun room pictured above.
Window dressings, such as these, allow light in while still providing privacy. The gossamer fabric reflects the light to enhance the room’s breeziness and brightness. This is also one of the reasons that I love to use transparent materials such as glass or Lucite – it catches and refracts the sunlight to further add brightness and serenity into the ambiance.
How are you letting the sun shine into your home? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!