Sunlight makes daily tasks easier to perform, makes spaces more spacious, attractive, and vital, without having to waste energy. Enhancing natural light inside the home is much easier than it seems.
The Structural Elements And The Distribution
Lighting the interior spaces with natural light by installing skylights or using fiber optic cables is easy if you have a budget for it. If, on the other hand, works are not an option, you can try to integrate dimly lit rooms into more luminous ones by totally or partially eliminating partitions. In this way, for example, a dark kitchen can become part of a dining room with lots of light, sharing natural lighting.
One way to take advantage of sunlight is to allocate the home areas with more natural lighting to those tasks that need more light, such as sewing, studying … Although, when distributing the different spaces, care must be taken with direct reflections or flashes that light can produce on surfaces such as television screens or computers.
Making the most of sunlight prevents any piece of furniture from interrupting the passage of natural light. The ideal is to opt for low furniture since they give spaciousness to space and allow a better distribution of light. If they are high, the ideal is that they are glued to the walls, never in front of windows or glass. On the other hand, bottomless shelves absorb less light, making the room brighter.
Opaque wooden doors absorb lots of light into space. Replacing them with other glass ones (or with glass), allows the sunlight to bounce and flow from one room to another. If they are sliding, it is avoided to cut the passage of light and create dark nooks when opening them. Another option is white or light wood doors, which help to gain light without giving up privacy.
Tall windows create much more uniform lighting, but not everyone has them. However, another much cheaper option is to paint the frames white or light tones. Also, if they are the same color as the walls, the exteriors will gain prominence, creating a much brighter room. Sometimes a change of crystals can also help to gain luminosity.
Colors: Wall Tiles, Furniture, Textiles And Accessories
White, neutral tones and yellows create much brighter rooms. The same goes for soft and pastel tones, which provide clarity and a feeling of spaciousness to space. Opting for ceilings in white or lighter colors than those on the walls will provide a feeling of height and a spacious and bright image. For its part, the clear and bright floors also reflect more and better light. White or beige ceramics, light marble, parquet in beech tones and other woods with little grain, are perfect for achieving this objective. If you have dark floors, it is preferable to place white carpets and other bright tones and natural materials to give light to the room.
When choosing furniture, it is preferable to opt for colored pieces such as white or light woods, which provide a feeling of lightness, spaciousness, and luminosity. Lacquered or glossy finishes and materials such as aluminum or glass provide reflections that help multiply light throughout the space.
Fabrics such as chiffon, linen, or organza allow light to pass through without losing privacy. And it is that the ideal textiles when it comes to achieving greater natural lighting are those lighter, with light and not very dense fabrics. It is important to avoid large prints, as they generate darker rooms.
Placing decorative elements in light colors creates a feeling of continuity and more luminosity. But also, opting for accessories that bring a touch of color to the room, will give prominence to the light within the space. If these are made of glass, lacquered, or metal, they help generate reflections and spread light throughout the room. Plants with small green leaves, bouquets, and light-colored pictures and photographs also help us achieve a brighter home.
The mirrors provide a great decorative load to the room and are essential when multiplying the light by space. Placed in front of the passage of sunlight, they expand it throughout the space, illuminating even the darkest corners.