As an interior design firm, we have seen many different homes and have talked with many clients throughout the years about their needs and desires. One challenge that comes up often is how to bring in more natural light without doing much or any construction. We’ll give you some of our design team’s tips in just a minute.
Why Bring in Natural Light?
If you can use natural light rather than artificial light, it will reduce your energy consumption and could lower your electricity bill. But natural light is also important to your health and productivity!
- It can boost your body’s Vitamin D--Vitamin D is important for allowing your body to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. It can also help prevent certain types of cancers, heart disease, depression and weight gain.
- It can make you more productive: A study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology found that employees who worked in natural light stated they had higher levels of energy than those who worked under artificial light.
- It can help your vision--looking at a computer screen, smart phone, and working in fluorescent light can cause eye strain. Natural light has been shown to lower the risk of nearsightedness in children and young adults by helping the eye produce dopamine, which aids in healthy eye development.
- It helps you sleep–the amount of natural light you receive during the day has a direct impact on how much sleep you get at night. Artificial light has little or no effect.
- It improves your mood--have you heard of SAD? It stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder and can affect people in the winter when they don’t get enough natural light. Scientists believe the ‘happy’ hormone serotonin increases naturally when you get more natural light.
5 Tips to Bring in Natural Light
Now that we know how important it can be to our health, how do we bring in natural light? Our design team at Interior Design has a few ideas for you.
- Make sure your window treatments are not covering your actual glass in the window. It will make a significant improvement in the amount of natural light.
- Mirrors can make a huge difference, if you mount them on the walls facing the outdoors. They will reflect the natural light coming in, and the added bonus is you have to use less artificial light in the room.
- Paint choices can be fundamental in the amount of natural light that comes into the room. Depending on where the light is coming from, a good paint choice can amplify the light in the room.
- Floor-to-ceiling fireplaces using dark colors in stone can add to the dark and heavy feel of a room. A very affordable solution is to drywall over the top of the stone above the firebox, and bring in a light color with the mantel.
- Skylights have improved dramatically and can also be a great solution depending on the room and their location.
At Interior Affairs, we offer a consultation to help you with problem-solving inside your entire home and out! We have been helping our clients for more than 27 years. Our clients from all over Southern California have been delighted with our solutions to their problems. We encourage you to call us so that we can help with solutions for your home. Let us prove our commitment to you!