Modern house illuminated at night

Design-savvy ideas to bring more light into your home

Using less energy for heating, cooling and lighting your home is not only beneficial for your wallet, but it is constructive for the environment as well. With the depletion of natural resources, global warming and the ever-rising costs of bills, it’s time we started to think about natural ways to bring more light into your home. For example, passive daylighting – that is building a home that takes advantage of sunlight – is a fantastic step in the right direction. So you’re saving money and saving the environment, we’ve put together some design-savvy ways that you can utilise natural light in your home.

How to light a room

Add windows

This may seem like an obvious tip, but the addition of windows should not be overlooked or underrated! Not only socially conducive, windows on opposing sides also have sustainable benefits. Windows, if only on one side of the house, can leave parts of the room dark. Windows on multiple sides of the room is such an effective use of natural lighting, and therefore mitigates the need for artificial lighting.

Install a skylight

Skylights are an extremely efficient way of adding natural light to any room in the house. An innovative way to reduce energy consumption and invigorate your home, if you are thinking your home looks a little dark, perhaps you should consider installing tubular skylights. Whether you want a custom-made skylight or not, there is a wide range of styles and designs that are sure to suit any home.

Think about surfaces

Another means of borrowing light is through translucent surfaces, such as sliding doors. When they’re open, plenty of light spills in. However, when more privacy is needed, you can close these surfaces for solitude. As well as this, think about surfaces that light can bounce off, such as marble, metal and glass. These surfaces increase the perception of light inside your home, giving off an airy, open feel.

Consider the direction of shutters

When considering screens, louvers and other types of shades, it’s important to take direction into account. Which direction does the window face? For example, shades for north-facing windows should be horizontal to address the high sun. On the other hand, a western-facing window should have vertical shades to deal with the low sun as it moves across the sky.

Don’t forget external factors

Often, the light that will be hitting your home can be attributable to external factors. Take, for instance, a huge tree that is positioned adjacent to a house. That tree would cause a large shadow which would impinge on the natural light that filtered through to your space. As well as this, the positioning of other buildings in relation to your home can affect the amount of light that will reach you. Where possible, mitigate these external factors so you’re home can receive an optimum amount of light.

Dining room with hanging lightbulbs

Advances in lighting design, such as today’s highly energy-efficient windows, mean that the need for artificial light has been drastically reduced, without causing heating or cooling problems. However, the best way to incorporate daylighting in your home depends on your climate and home’s design, as well as any light-affecting external factors.

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