Adding light can be as simple as decorating with sheer fabrics and reflective surfaces, or you can update and upgrade your windows and skylights. Use the space you have and some of the tips below to help your home feel a little warmer and sunnier this season.
Adding windows is often the most effective way to increase the natural light in your home. Modern energy-efficient windows, when placed strategically, can brighten any room in your home without increasing heating or cooling costs.
Opt for fiberglass windows if you want a low-maintenance option, or choose double-paned Gilkey windows to increase the energy efficiency of your home. To properly place windows, choose western-facing rooms to catch the last sun rays of the day, or place windows in southern-facing areas of the home for middle-of-the-day light.
Install Skylights or Solar Tubes
In some cases, adding extra windows may not be a practical way to get more sunlight into your home. Instead, consider adding skylights to kitchens, shared living spaces, and bathrooms. Skylights are typically affordable, and modern options provide you with a crystal-clear view while filtering sunlight into the home.
Solar tubes are a relatively new option that gathers light, and sends the light to a special light fixture inside the home as ambient light. Solar tubes are more affordable than skylights, and can be used to brighten dim hallways, closets or other areas of the home.
Decorate with Mirrors
Mirrors, and other reflective surfaces, are a simple solution when you need just a bit more natural light in a particular room. Position mirrors directly across from windows to allow the light to reflect into the room, and opt for sheer curtains in darker areas of the home. Sheer curtains can be paired with vertical blinds to maintain your privacy after dark.
Go for Glass Doors
Updating the existing doors in your home to glass-paned ones allows light to travel throughout the home more freely. Some places to consider adding glass doors include entrances to the home like the kitchen and dining room, and between other shared spaces, such as a study and family room.
With extra windows or a skylight, you can dramatically increase the amount of natural light you get in your home, even during the winter months when sunlight is often less intense. Adding other features, such as glass doors and reflective surfaces, allows you to maximize the light provided by your additions.