Ways to Increase Natural Light in Your Home

Ways to Increase Natural Light in Your Home

Natural light is always better than artificial light. It bathes your room in a rich full spectrum hue that light bulbs can only hope to duplicate; increases your body’s “feel good” serotonin levels; and best of all, it costs exactly zero dollars. How great is that?  Unfortunately, many homes were not built with natural light in mind. 

Tip 1-Paint Your Eaves White – Eves reflect natural light into your home. Painting your eaves white is one little-known way to boost natural light in every room of your home.Even if your house exterior is a different color, you can still paint your eaves white-only. Because eaves angle toward the house, the curbside appearance will not be affected. 

Tip 2-Use Lighter, Brighter Interior Wall and Ceiling Paints – Interior wall color is the number one way to reflect natural light back into your room. You really should paint your ceiling white. Not only does the natural light bounce off of it but, it adds depth as well.

Tip 3-Replace Wall Space With Glass Blocks – Not the easiest fix but an effective one. Replacing sections of your exterior wall with glass block brings in a fair amount of natural light where otherwise no light would be entering your home.  

Tip 4-Install Replacement Windows That Have Less Low-E Coating – You are fighting a losing battle if you pull out all stops mentioned in this article, yet your windows themselves do not let in enough light. One reason your windows block light is that the insides of the double panes are finished in a metallic Low-E coating, now standard on all windows. Until only a few years ago, replacement windows with no Low-E coating were an alternative.  Now they are not.

Tip 5-Install Skylights In Your Ceiling – Skylights are an amazingly effective way of pulling in natural light. Yet, they can be costly to install.  

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Ways to Increase Natural Light in Your Home

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