You’ve bought the house of your dreams surrounded by large mature trees. You consider this place your heavenly oasis with lots of shade on hot sunny days, right? Unfortunately after you move into your new castle, you discover that all of those big trees cast a dark shadow over the house. The interior is darker than you remember when you were wandering through it initially. Now what do you do to brighten up your beautiful new home?
Fear not, because there are many ways that you can transform that darker interior into something of a showplace you will treasure for many years to come. Using both natural and ambient light is one of the fundamental ways to design a home’s interior. However, there are many other simple, or elaborate, solutions that can make a real difference for making your home brighter.
Using light intelligently is essential to crafting a home that’s the very best it can be. Setting out to transform your space and designing a lighting plan can seem daunting, but there are many solutions that can make a real difference.
Windows, Doors, Skylights
Adding windows will brighten any home, especially if you have a cross section of different exposures. Kitchens and living rooms are the most obvious and popular locations, but staircases and landings are also a practical choice to bring in more light. Southern exposure will bring in morning light while western locations will offer afternoon and sunset light.
If you find that your entryway is dark, installing a front door with an upper window glass pane or glass panels will certainly enhance the look and brightness within your home. The light coming in will give more depth to the interior and help to flood light down the hall, most often to the kitchen.
Another option is to replace interior solid doors with glass or French doors that provide not only light, but a see-through effect to expand the feel of lightness and brightness within the home. French doors provide a way for rooms to share light and to avoid shutting rooms off. You could even install a solid wood with inserted pane glass panels or a solid door with five-pane sidelights for distributing light in the house.
Installing skylights will do wonders for any dark area. Whether it’s in the kitchen, living room, hallways or even the bathroom, you get a floor and disbursement of light that surely brighten up any darkened area. Skylights bathe a room in natural light that is both functional and visually appealing.
Curtains & Drapes
Put it all Together
Making your home brighter doesn’t have to be a burden or break the bank. By adding additional light, using either natural or ambient, then finishing off with the right paint colours, furniture and accessories, your home will look bright and inviting. It will become the beautiful environment that welcomes you and your family home every day.