Let The Sunshine In: How To Use Natural Light In Your Interior Design

Getting the most out of the natural light in a home is easy, when you use a few simple tricks. Sometimes adding windows or a skylight is the best option, however these may not always be feasible due to budget restrictions. Adding reflective tiles and springing for new curtains are some of the cheapest and simplest ways to make a home brighter.

Lighter Curtains

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Thinner or lighter-colored drapes let more light into the home through the windows. For people that are looking for energy-saving curtains, drapes with a vinyl backing help reduce sunlight on hot days by reflecting it back outside. These curtains can control the heat and sunlight that is allowed in the home by simply closing or opening them on cold and sunny days.

Install Larger Windows

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Installing new vinyl replacement windows is an excellent way to add light to a home. Bay windows with a reading seat add functional space to a room. According to a specialist from Gilkey Windows, these larger windows can also make a small space look larger. Skylights are another way to add natural light in rooms that are dark such as a kitchen or a den. Larger windows and skylights can transform a dark and dreary room into a place where everyone wants to relax.


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Mirrors reflect light around any room. Adding a wall-length mirror is a perfect way to make a small room look bigger. Bigger rooms seem to have more light in them, so increasing how big a room appears can also increase the brightness. Adding small tealight candles around a room can add a romantic glow in the evening while providing extra light on rainy days.

Reflective Ceiling Tiles

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Tin or copper tiles on the kitchen ceiling is a popular trend that people often use to add an illusion of space or light in a room. Adding reflective tiles to a kitchen is just as important as a skylight because they give natural light something to bounce off from. Another trick is to put a few glass doors on cabinets or add some under-the-counter lighting to open shelving units.

Natural light is easily manipulated with things that reflect or bounce the light around the room. Glass doors, mirrors, light colored curtains, and tin ceiling panels are inexpensive additions that homeowners can use to brighten up their home for the holidays or the coming year to make it naturally more inviting. For more light, replacement windows and skylights are the best bet.

Author Bio: Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based in Boston. When not writing, she enjoys baking and reading. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2