When you maximize the amount of natural light that enters your home you can realize many benefits. The most obvious benefit is the decrease in your energy bills as a result of the heat from the sun as well as the light. You will have to flip those switches on less often, helping you to save money in the long run. In addition, natural light has some benefits for your body including less eye strain, better moods and increased ability to concentrate. That being said – it makes sense for everyone to maximize the natural light in their home!
The most obvious way to increase the natural light in your home is to get new windows. If you have old windows that have low Visible Transmittance (VT), then you are not maximizing the amount of light that you could be receiving. New windows could make a dramatic difference in what you see in your home.
In rooms that you really do not need room darkening shades in, use light sheer window treatments. This allows the light to shine through at all angles, helping you to increase the amount of natural light you receive. If you are the type of person that must have blinds, Venetian blinds offer the most light in while open and yet the most security when closed. Roman shades or room darkening curtains can hinder the amount of light that enters even when they are open, making it a smart choice to avoid those.
Items that are hindering the light from entering your home could also be right outside your window. Trees, bushes or certain decorative items can block the light from entering. You can easily trim back trees and bushes or remove decorative items that are in the way in order to maximize the light that enters.
The colors that you choose to decorate the inside of your home with also play a role. Light or pastel colors will easily reflect the light, while dark colors will not. The same is true for your furniture. Try to decorate your rooms in lighter colors and accent in darker colors, if you need warm colors around you. This will maximize the light that you receive.