6 Ways to Increase the Natural Light in your Home

Although I love this time of year as we head into Autumn, the downside is that the nights are drawing in and our typical UK houses can start to feel a bit gloomy and dark by early evening.

We can’t control the sunlight of course, but there are ways to help increase the natural light in our homes, so here are my top 6 suggestions:

Change your Décor

Ensure your main living rooms are light in colour – paint walls in light greys, whites, cream and eggshell blue to help boost the natural light in a room, while ceilings should ideally be white to avoid a space feeling oppressive.

 Keep it Clean!

A clean house will gleam, so surfaces such as glass and tiles will reflect light – and if you keep your fixtures shiny, windows clean, light bulbs dust free etc. it will really ensure your house shines as bright as possible.

Check your Windows

You need to avoid heavy, dark curtains and window dressings, like velvets, in deep or dark colours.  Instead, go for simple linen or cotton blinds and curtains in light, bright colours that also don’t cover up too much of the window when they are pulled up or open.

Make Home Alterations

If you are planning on doing any building remodelling, look at the ways you can introduce extra natural light – an open plan layout can help light flow through unhindered while skylights and sun tunnels, in an otherwise windowless room, can work wonders at capturing extra light – as can lovely patio doors and bi-folds.  If you are fitting a new front door, or internal doors, choose styles with glass in them, rather than solid designs.

The Magic of Mirrors and Accessories

This is an old trick but a good one; placing mirrors adjacent to or opposite a window will bounce light around the room and increase the brightness.  The more mirrors you have, the more light will be reflected.  Similarly, metallic home accessories such as photo frames, candle holders etc. will also help to brighten a space.

Move and Minimise your Furniture

Big chunky or dark pieces of furniture, especially when placed in front of windows and glass doors, will greatly reduce the light so think about an alternative room layout and move or remove bulky storage or seating if you can.  Or if you can’t, why not try painting cupboards and sideboards in light shades and drape a pale coloured throw over a dark sofa.

I hope that has given you some ideas, have you tried anything else that has worked to increase the natural light in your home?

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Antonia

 

Transform your home with Hammonds

Which rooms demand the most storage?  I’ve been pondering that question recently and to my mind it’s the kitchen and bedroom by far.  Clothes and accessories can soon take over if there aren’t sufficient places to hang or fold them; similary pots, pans and groceries need to be kept in check in the hub of the home.

If these spaces are not well thought out in terms of layout and storage needs, they will not work efficiently.  But more than that; they have to please the eye if we are to enjoy spending time in them and be motivated to keep them clean and tidy.

The fitted furniture specialists, Hammonds invited me to take a look at their website to see how they tackle these busy zones with an extensive collection of designs created to perfectly fit your home and lifestyle.

Bedrooms

Clothes, coats, shoes, bags and other items soon overflow in the bedroom if there isn’t adequate wardrobe space and drawers, or rails and shelves.

Not many of us are fortunate to have a separate dressing room, so it’s therefore important to plan our bedrooms properly, making the most of every available bit of room.  A streamlined, clever and creative range of bedroom furniture is something we can all aspire to.  Well designed and installed, such furniture can totally transform a space, making it look stylish while also working hard at concealing and organising your belongings.

I love the way the wardrobes above have been built to fit the room, nothing is wasted and it looks very unobtrusive.

Another great alternative is sliding wardrobe doors, especially when there isn’t a sufficient gap between a bed and the wardrobe to open its doors properly.  The fact they go right up to ceiling height is another bonus, making full use of the vertical space, as you can have some high shelves built behind for things you don’t use as often, all neatly concealed by those sleek doors.  Even if you like a vintage look, you can still achieve it with modern furniture like this; simply tailor your decor and accessories accordingly, as in the room below.

Kitchens

The most perfect kitchens are both beautiful and practical, with ample space to accommodate all those pots, pans, crockery and groceries.  But as we often use our kitchens not just for cooking, but as a laundry area and cloakroom for coats, bags and shoes – possibly pet items too – this multi-functioning ‘heart of the home’ can soon feel cluttered and chaotic.  A well designed kitchen can take all your needs into account and incorporate clever solutions to really maximise the space, without compromising style or quality. With a Hammonds designed kitchen you can get all of this, whether you are looking for classic or contemporary, and all made to measure in consultation with you, so it is unique to your home, built with a lasting style that’s all your own.

I’m very impressed with the wide range of styles and the design options available, having checked out the Hammonds website.  It’s made me look at our own bedrooms and kitchen more critically, I’m sure there are improvements we could make and ultimately I would love to use the bespoke services of Hammonds!

I was also interested to read about their recent collaboration with well known TV interior designer, Julia Kendell who you will no doubt have seen on DIY SOS.  Together, they have been celebrating Hammonds 10 year partnership with The Woodland Trust, you can see more here:

In association with Hammonds

 Antonia