How to Bring More Natural Light into Your Home

It’s an age old problem. Making the most of natural light in any home can be a daunting task, particularly in our gloomy British Winter. I’m just completing my own house renovations. Having converted the attic, I’m now turning the empty spare bedroom into a home office, and consideration of the light levels has been a key factor in the decorating decisions. I need plenty of light, for photography projects and just day to day living, particularly if I’m going to be sitting in there for 8 hours a day. So many times we decorate our homes and give little thought to how to maximise our natural light, but it’s much easier to do than you think, and should be a key component of any design.

rooflightsWhy should we bother? Well around 3% of the population suffer with SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder, and many more experience the ‘Winter blues’ where we feel lethargic, fed up and generally have a low mood. There are many ways to alleviate symptoms, but one well known and accepted method is to give yourself as much exposure to natural daylight as possible. Whether that means going out for a walk each morning, or ensuring that your workspace is as bright and light as it can be, it doesn’t matter, it all helps.

Natural Light with Roof Lights:

Now it’s not a quick solution for a current home, but if you are embarking on a renovation project or extension do consider how to make it as light as possible. Companies like EOS Rooflights make roof lights for flat roofs, enabling builders and home owners to create homes full of natural light. They’re stylish and contemporary and look great in a modern build. Whilst you might think that side windows and sliding patio doors are enough, you can imagine how light and bright your room could be until you install some roof lights.

Window Dressings:

daylight blindParticularly in Winter, many of us enjoy heavy curtains and thick blinds to hide behind in the colder months, but consider how much light these dressings will block in the daytime. You want to make the most of the natural light you do have, so think about adding some lighter pieces at the windows. I love these blinds from John Lewis which are semi transparent and stop the glare but still let the light flood through. They’re a good solution to enable a brighter home with more natural light.

Clever Interior Design:

Attic dressing tableSo, if you have managed to bring more natural light into your home, you don’t want to ruin by making some basic interior decorating mistakes. Naturally a lighter colour palette will help the room feel lighter, but you don’t necessarily have to have an all white space. Introduce some colour with light reflecting paint, add mirrors to bounce the light around, and think about perspex or glass furniture and accessories, and pieces on legs. All of these tricks will help you room to feel lighter and brighter.

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How to bring more natural light into your home

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. LyndaPerry
    February 10, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    I love light – all of the rooms at home are bright and sunny! What can be better than waking up to the sun? : )

  2. Alina
    February 18, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    I completely agree! I love natural light, not only does it make everything look so much better but it’s scientifically proven to make you in a better mood – cool huh?

    Hope you’re all well Jen! x

  3. Jennifer Cooper
    February 19, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Beautiful ideas and photos. I’ve recently moved from the UK to NZ and there is so much more light and air in homes due to more and larger windows.

  4. Steve
    February 23, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Great tips, when I can avoid it I always leave the lights off. I love me some natural light!

  5. 2 BHK Residential Apartment in Vashi
    March 9, 2016 / 10:47 am

    Great Post and Nice Article.Its Very Interesting Pictures.I like it.Thanks for Sharing.

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