Trying to make sure a home office is both attractive to visitors and comfortable to work from home entrepreneurs is surprisingly simple nowadays. One feature that can seal the deal when creating a home office is the amount of natural light that is allowed into the space. In fact, the home business owner might skip out on a great deal if there is a lack of light simply because natural light plays such an important role in making a space livable.
More than being an essential part of health for humans, natural lighting can transform a dreary space into one that is bright, and in many cases, energy efficient. Transforming a space so that natural light can enter into it easily from the outside can be done through a major makeover or through simple do-it-yourself projects. More importantly, though, natural light can be used in many ways throughout the home to transform dark spaces.
Keep reading to learn how you can use natural light to your advantage in your home.
Lighting Dim Spaces
One of the best ways natural light can be used is to illuminate dim spaces. Hallways, foyers, and other enclosed spaces are some of the most common places where natural light is not present. As opposed to relying on man-made lighting sources, installing windows or Velux skylights can be a more effective way to get the right amount of light needed for the space. Especially in the hallways and foyers, skylights can do an amazing job of creating the right amount of natural light into very dark areas of the home.
Increasing Room Size
Natural light also has the potential to make small rooms appear much larger. Windows that are not obstructed by bushes or other shrubs can let light in through the windows making small rooms appear a lot bigger, especially if the walls are painted with white or light-coloured paint. Alternatively, if the paint is darker, natural lighting can give the room some much-needed contrast.
Letting Light Into The Home
When eaves are painted white, the light that is reflected against the eave possibly can be used to move natural light into the home. With the aid of windows around the home, refracted light that comes in from the eaves can be used to bring light into the home. The homeowner, through the use of blinds or some shading, can determine how much light is enough to illuminate the room.
Creating An Effect
With mirrors expertly placed around the home, natural light can be reflected to create more light in different areas of the home. By placing mirrors in hallways or in living room spaces, the light that comes into the room is reflected around the space making the rooms appear brighter and thus reducing your reliance on electricity. Again, this works best with smaller spaces that are dimly lit, and typically you will want to paint the walls with colours that are not going to be overwhelmingly bright.
If you want more natural light in a space but you do not want too much light coming into the rooms, consider removing wall space and using block glass instead. Block glass can provide your space with muted light simply because the glass is usually made from opaque glass. Homeowners also get the advantage of being able to bring more natural light into a space while having more privacy, as the glass makes it difficult to see into the home.
Natural light can be used in a number of ways in a home to brighten its appearance. Whether trying to open up a room or brighten very darkly lit spaces, natural light can be a great way to brighten a space. With more light flooding into your home, you will no doubt be inspired to do even more with your home, making it a more comfortable and inviting place for you, your family and visitors to enjoy.
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