Friday, January 16, 2015

Let in More Sunlight at Home

Sunlight has been proven to be a mood booster. It's bright and cheerful: it is often associated with happiness and other positive ideas across many cultures.

In interior decor, bright, airy spaces look cleaner and much more welcoming. The more natural light you let in, the more vibrant your living spaces could seem. Plus, more sunlight means spending less energy, which cuts back on your bills. As such, look to these tips to maximize natural lighting in your home:

Clean your windows.
Keep your windows clean by wiping them down as needed. The cleaner and clearer the glass, the more light will get through unfiltered.

Use sheer curtains.
Keep your curtains drawn. Use sheer, white curtains that let in more light. Don't use blinds -- even when left open, blinds are obstructions to light and the views outside.

Use reflective surfaces.
Hang a mirror in front of or adjacent to a window. Mirrors and other shiny surfaces reflect light. They can also seem like additional windows, and will reflect the view from outside. They'll make your space appear bigger, too.

Use light-colored paint.
Use light colors on your walls, and especially on your ceiling. Dark colors absorb light; light colors -- and white, especially -- reflect this back into the room.

Install a glass door.
Instead of the standard wooden door, replace your exterior doors with untreated glass doors that let in more light. Likewise, consider using clear glass doors inside your home to allow light to travel through the rooms. Use frosted glass doors for private spaces like the bedroom or bathroom.


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