One of the biggest complaints people have about their homes is that they just do not have enough sunlight getting in. Natural light from the sun creates warmth and is more aesthetically pleasing than light produced from most lighting fixtures. Unless you are prepared to undertake a major renovation to add more windows or skylights, you need to resort to some inexpensive tricks that will help enhance the natural light you do have.
Paint Your Ceilings
Instead of opting for a white ceiling in rooms with dark walls, choose a slightly lighter color for your ceiling. Using a bright white can make the room feel oppressive. Use a flat white ceiling paint if the walls of your room are white. While matte paint is not as reflective as a paint with a glossier finish, it is a better choice when you want to reflect natural light.
The Magic of Mirrors
Mirrors are great for reflecting light throughout your home. An added bonus is that they can also make your living spaces appear larger. Strategically place mirrors throughout your home on walls adjacent or opposite your windows. When a mirror is placed adjacent to a window, it will mimic the window. The result is that it will appear you have more windows. When you place a mirror across from a window, it will reflect both the light and the view from the window.
Add a Reflective Surface
Light bounces off reflective surfaces and makes rooms where windows are limited seem brighter. By adding a back-painted glass backsplash to your kitchen, you can brighten up the room while adding an interesting design element.
Keep it Clean
You would be surprised how fast your windows can get dirty. They might not seem dirty at first, but chances are the outside of your window could have a grayish film from dirt, dust, or pollen. With newer windows, cleaning the outside is no longer a big deal since many will conveniently tilt in for easy cleaning. Clean windows and fixtures will maximize the amount of light that will enter the room and make everything seem brighter overall.
Let in as Much Natural Light as Possible
Instead of using heavy window treatments that block natural light from getting in, choose light-colored translucent shades. A translucent shade will allow light into your space while still providing privacy. The light will give the shades a soft glow that will bounce the light to walls adjacent to your windows.
You can learn more about what windows treatment options are available for letting natural light in your Jacksonville home by contacting the experts at All About Blinds & Shutters!