Who doesn’t love it when the sun’s out?
Well, apart from vampires, mushrooms and raincoat makers.
But seriously, natural light, especially sunlight, has significant mood-enhancing effects on our minds and homes.
For homeowners and residents, understanding how to harness this natural marvel in home design isn’t just about aesthetics but also a step towards a healthier lifestyle.
Let’s discover more.
Why sunshine is significant: The health benefits of natural light
Natural light is a natural mood enhancer. Exposure to sunlight increases the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin, which is linked with boosting mood and aiding a person to feel calm and focused. Lack of sunlight can lead to a condition termed Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. By maximising natural light in your home, you’re not just brightening your rooms; you’re potentially brightening your mood, too.
Sunlight and slumber: A dreamy connection
Our sleep patterns are regulated by a natural ‘body clock’ known as the circadian rhythm, and natural light plays a pivotal role in keeping this clock accurate. Sunlight helps regulate our sleep-wake cycles, improving sleep quality and duration. Introducing more natural light into your home can help you wake up feeling more refreshed and ready for the day.
Designing with daylight: Tips for maximising natural light
To maximise natural light in your home, consider these design tips:
- Mirrors and reflective surfaces: Placing mirrors opposite windows can help bounce light around a room, doubling the light’s reach.
- Window treatments: Opt for light, translucent curtains or blinds that allow light in whilst providing privacy.
- Skylights and light tubes: For areas that don’t have easy access to windows, consider installing skylights or light tubes.
- Wall colours: Light, bright wall colours reflect more light. Consider painting your walls in soft tones of white, cream or light pastels.
The great outdoors, inside: Plants and light
Indoor plants add a touch of nature to your décor. Plants like the peace lily or snake plant thrive in indirect sunlight, purifying the air and adding a vibrant touch to any space.
Economic and environmental perks of natural light
Maximising natural light can reduce dependence on artificial lighting, lower electricity bills and benefit the environment. It’s a simple yet effective way to reduce your carbon footprint.
Over the years, we’ve seen enough homes to know what a big, positive difference natural light can make to a property’s ‘feel’.
So, these ideas could be helpful if you’re thinking of ‘lightening up’.
Thanks for reading.