Most homeowners and apartment dwellers would agree that they like to have natural light filtering through their homes. However, not everyone knows how to take advantage of the options out there. Here are some tips from Half Price Drapes to help you make the most of your natural light.
Figure out which rooms get the most light
This may seem like a silly step, but many people don’t really take the time to assess the situation. You may assume that you know which rooms get the most sun, but if there are certain rooms you’re not likely to go into when the sun is at its brightest, then you may not know that it’s secretly the best room in the house when it comes to light.
Start with your window treatments
Heavy drapes have their place, but they’re not going to let the light shine in. We recommend sheer curtains that offer some privacy yet still let in plenty of sunlight. You may want to hang them in conjunction with a window shade or blackout curtains that can give you total privacy when you need it.
Your mirrors can be a big help
When you hang a mirror opposite a window that reflects light, it will reflect that light all around the room. This is a great way to help a smaller room look a little bigger, and a great way to make the most of limited natural light in a given room.
Consider new windows and doors
Of course, the best way to let more sunlight in is to install a larger window. A French or sliding door can also help to brighten up the interior of your home. The best option is to add new or bigger windows on the side of your home that gets the most light.
Make the most of the sun above you
Installing a skylight is an exceptional way to keep your home bright as the sun goes overhead each night. Installing tubular skylights offer you tons of natural sunlight and can be installed in spaces you may not think of as spots for skylights.
Keep your bushes and trees trimmed
Do you have large bushes or trees that are preventing light from getting in your home? If so, simply hiring a professional to come out and prune them – or doing it yourself – can make a huge difference.