It’s official, summer is nearly here. As we welcome the warmer months we naturally start to think about packing away the cosy throws and our attention turns to bright mornings, lighter evenings & making the most of the summer sun. Natural sunlight is known to boost your mood and encourage a sense of happiness, but what if you aren’t blessed with bifold doors or skylights to trap the sun? Here we’ve come up with four quick and easy ways to make the most of the natural light in your home, no matter the size or layout. Summer plans? They involve bright & breezy bedrooms and light and lofty living rooms…
Say Goodbye to Thick Curtains
Whilst they’re ideal for keeping your home insulated in the winter, in the summer thick curtains do little more than absorb natural light. As we move into the warmer months, consider swapping heavy-duty curtains for lightweight fabrics in soft colours, and invest in an extra-long curtain pole so the curtains can be pulled completely out of the way of the windows. Most importantly, don’t underestimate the difference a clean window can make, there’s nothing like smudged glass to dull the bright light of the sun.
Declutter & Remove Obstacles
For natural light to really flood the room it needs to be free of clutter & obstacles. Taking inspiration from the global decluttering sensation, Marie Kondo, take some time to sort through your belongings & throw or donate anything you no longer need or want. This extra space will free up the natural light’s path and allow it to bounce from wall to wall.
To really brighten up your interior, consider reorganising your space so there are no large pieces of furniture blocking any part of the windows. This includes in the garden, trim back any shrubs or bushes that sit outside the main window as these could obstruct the flow of natural light into your home.
The Power of Whitewash
A quick and easy way to encourage natural light in your home is to brighten up your colour palette. White and pale colours will reflect light better than dark colours (which are known to absorb light). For a quick transformation, whitewash the floorboards and update the ceiling with a fresh coat of white paint, this will make the room seem larger and reflect the natural light that enters the room. If bright white seems too clinical, an off-white shade will add a touch of warmth whilst still reflecting the valuable daylight.
Mirror Mirror on the Walls
There’s a reason it’s one of the oldest interior design tricks in the book. Utilising mirrors to make a space seem larger and brighter is a tried and tested method that works. Small living room? No problem. Bounce the natural sunlight across your space by placing two mirrors opposite each other. You’ll find a little light goes a long way if you use your wall space wisely.
And you’re not just restricted to mirrors. Throughout the home, shiny surfaces can make a big impact on the light that filters through. Introduce metallic accessories & glass furniture where possible, these will catch the light at all angles and brighten up even the darkest of corners. In the kitchen and the bathroom, look for units that have shiny surfaces, these will reflect the natural light that enters and make the overall space look clean, bright and beautiful.