Let There Be Light: Improving Natural Light in your Home

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When viewing a property, one of the first things I notice is how light or dark it is. I think it's because it's something that's always been important to my mum - she's not fond of artificial lights, instead preferring to maximise natural light and this is something that must have rubbed off on me! Having said this, the type of properties I love can often lack natural light - I'm talking country cottages, log cabin-style homes and the alike. Many of them have wood beams and lower ceilings, which can have a negative impact on natural light but there are little things you can do to brighten them up and make a real difference to their overall feel, without spending a fortune.

Of course building a conservatory or installing a wall of windows is a fantastic way to flood your home with natural light but it's not an option for everyone. Firstly it may or may not require some form of planning permission and secondly it can be costly. If you are looking for some cheaper alternatives, I've shared a few tips, tricks and ideas for improving natural light in your home below...

Choose light paint colours

Although I'm really into deep blue shades and olive green interiors, if your room feels somewhat dark, it's best to avoid dark colours altogether. Instead choose light colours that will reflect any natural light coming through the windows. White paint and other pastel shades will also create the illusion of a larger living space.

Back when we had the tearoom, we actually painted the black beams white and it made such a difference to the overall look of the room. The space felt much larger and the ceilings appeared higher. In the past we've also used the Light and Space paints from Dulux in the tearoom, Arthur's old nursery and some of our bedrooms. These paints contain light reflective particles and come in a range of beautiful colours, with one of my favourite shades being Lagoon Falls.

Strategically place mirrors

I've not tried this myself yet but it's a known fact that mirrors can help to enhance the appearance of a room, by reflecting natural light and creating the illusion of more space. Place a large mirror opposite a window and it will look like you have more windows and therefore more natural light in a room. I really love the look of large vintage mirrors, you know the ones with the lavish gold frames that are a little OTT? They're a real statement piece and would look fantastic in all interiors from modern, to country and traditional.

Ditch the window dressings

I'll be honest and say I'm not a big fan of curtains. I understand people have them for privacy and for decorative purposes but they're just not for me. I much prefer blinds but even still, tend to keep them pulled up to the top, to let in as much natural light as possible. If you are looking for a way to improve natural light in your home, ditch the heavy window dressings. For privacy, opt for something like a venetian blind that will offer the best of both worlds. And if you have to go for curtains (I'm not judging I promise) then choose a sheer or light fabric.

Make sure there's nothing blocking the light

Placing large furniture near your windows can stop light from getting into the room. The same can be said for plants and bushes outside your home. Whilst I'm not suggesting you get rid of your plants and trees altogether, it's worth spending time keeping them pruned and tidy so they aren't getting in the way of your windows.

Do you have any tips to add? Feel free to share them in the comment section below!

Megan x
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