Natural light is essential at home, especially in the winter months when days are short and sunlight is at a premium.
If you’re looking to renovate your home, add an extension, or upgrade an existing extension, it’s important to think about how the work you do will impact on the overall feel of the property.
Even if you’re just looking at refreshing a few things around the house, smaller decisions can make for significant results.
There are many ways to create a light, airy and fresh atmosphere — from full-scale structural works all the way through to inexpensive strategies — to make the most of what you have on a budget.
Here are five ideas that can help you to ensure your home is looking dazzlingly bright throughout the year.
- Consider How You Let Light in From Above
If you’re planning an extension or already have one and wish to upgrade or revamp it, you should carefully consider your overhead glazing options.
There are many window types available when it comes to rooflights: flat skylights, fully-glazed conservatory roofs and roof lanterns.
Roof lanterns bridge the gap between a full conservatory roof and a tiled, enclosed roof. They allow in a massive amount of natural light due to their high angled frames but keep in far more heat than a traditional conservatory as they only take up a small amount of the overall roof space.
They also cast interesting shadows and have an architectural flair absent from other, similar glazing products.
If you’re not a homeowner or the idea of building or renovating an extension is just not financially feasible at the moment, you should think about colour schemes and how to paint key parts of your property.
A lick of paint can work wonders for the feel of your home, whether you live in a flat or house.
White is definitely in fashion — from all white bed sheets through to stunning pristine, minimalist kitchens — and it’s an incredibly simple way of making your home feel larger and more open than ever before.
If you’re into minimalist design, white and light grey colour schemes can be pleasing to the eye. If you’re not a minimalist at heart, a bright and colourful piece of art hung on the wall can break up that monochrome.
Even the lightest of colour shifts can break up the whiteness and if you’ve got a small space, you can feel like you’re in a more open area if you’re able to keep your colour scheme simple and light.
- Focus on the Placement of Mirrors, Ornaments and Outdoor Items
Something that should go hand in hand with the colour scheme choice and placement of wall art is the positioning of any mirrors you have.
If you have large windows, looking at where the light shines through onto opposite walls and strategically placing even a small mirror nearby can amplify the effect of that window.
If you’ve decided to fit a roof lantern or similar, getting the light from it to flow throughout the house is important. Careful but sparing use of mirrors can help light up the whole home.
The same can be said for smaller windows too. Placing lush green plants near windows and mirrors can bring the outdoors inside, giving your home a fresh and blooming vibe.
If you’re fortunate enough to live somewhere with a balcony, what’s on it can also impact on how the inside of your home feels.
Bistro sets and other balcony furniture shouldn’t be too heavy or large, as this will block out light and make things feel cluttered. Instead, opt for slatted chairs and tables in lighter pastel colours.
- Bifold Doors Can Utterly Transform a Space
If you are looking to make a large-scale upgrade, bifold doors are one way to do this, and create that feeling of opening up your property to the great outdoors.
Bifold doors effectively cut out a large portion of a wall and give the impression of a room that encroaches into the outdoor space — whether that’s a back garden, courtyard or similar.
The sleek style and undoubted practicality of bifold doors make the large upfront cost of installing them completely worth it. If it’s something you can afford to do, it’s well worth seriously considering.
In the summer, you’ll be able to open up your house to the outdoors, and in the winter, you’ll have whatever light the season affords you, without losing heat from your home.
- Velux or Pitched Roof Windows Are Easier to Fit Than You Might Think
As with roof lanterns and conservatory roofs, light from above is valuable, and if you have a space in your home where the ceiling is all that’s between you and the sky, you should consider cutting a hole in it!
Velux windows have been growing in popularity for some years now, partly because so many property owners want to make the most of the space available to them. Loft flats, for instance, are now a common feature in buildings up and down the country.
What’s more, if you look into how to fit a Velux window to a tiled roof, you’ll see that if you have basic DIY nous, a few power tools and a willing spare set of hands, you can even fit these windows yourself to save on cost.