You know instinctively that natural light is better than its artificial counterpart. But bathing all the rooms in your home with it can be a bit of an uphill struggle. If you have a dark room, you know the problem.
It turns out, though, that even if you do have a few rooms that lack light, you can brighten them up relatively quickly. It just takes a bit of cunning.
Paint Your Eaves Bright White
The eaves are the part of your roof that overhangs the wall. For most homeowners, it’s just dead space. But for savvy people, it’s the ideal surface for reflecting additional light into your home.
Choose white, glossy paint and apply a fresh coat to the underside of the eaves. As the light hits it, the eaves will reflect it, both into your home and around your house. Hopefully, some of this additional light will make it into your darker rooms, allowing you to cut down on your use of artificial light.
Create Mirrored Walls
Like light paint, mirrors reflect light around your interiors. In fact, they’re so effective that they can enhance lighting even if you have small windows.
Creating a mirrored wall is relatively easy. You buy sections of mirror from a hardware store. Fix the panels to the wall opposite the source of natural light. Try to cover as much of the wall as possible, as this will maximize the amount of light in the room.
Increase The Size Of Your Windows
Although it requires reshaping your walls, increasing your windows’ size is one of the best ways to get more natural light into dark rooms. Plus, when you swap out the old windows for new ones, you can choose between a wide variety of styles.
Look for vendors that offer protections, just in case there’s a problem with the windows. Advanced Window Products double lifetime warranty is an excellent example of the sort of policy you want. The company itself protects you, plus you get additional coverage through a separate Good Housekeeping Warranty.
If you have a dark garage, attic, or extension, skylights are your best friend. Unlike regular windows, these allow natural light to penetrate directly, instead of at an angle. During the middle of the day, the effect is stunning. Sometimes, it is so bright, you feel as though you’re standing outside.
Skylights tend to offer more consistent light than regular windows too. They’re not as shadowed as wall windows by fences or vegetation.
Use Glass Blocks To Replace Walls
Sometimes you can’t replace structural elements in your building with regular windows. But you may be able to do so with thick glass blocks.
Glass blocks aren’t the easiest thing in the world to fit, but they’re great for allowing natural light into your rooms. They also help with privacy, providing you with light, but stopping anyone from looking in. Many people use them in their porches and bathrooms. If you install them, you’ll need to use a wall stud system to hold them in place.