Heading into the spring and summer months, many may want to make the most of the longer days by letting as much natural light into their home as possible. Increasing the amount of natural sunlight that filters into the home can help to make it feel both bigger and brighter, according to experts at Hillarys.
One step to help bring more natural light in is to rearrange furniture.
The experts said: “If your house is cluttered and full of big, bulky furniture, you’re going to struggle to let in a large amount of natural light.
“Think about moving your furniture to allow more light into the room and to ensure that you’re not blocking windows or light sources.
“If you have furniture which reflects light such as glass or clear acrylic tables and chairs, position them so that they’ll reflect light around the room.”
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They said: “It may sound obvious, but if you have any dull, dark coloured walls, it may be worth repainting them to a lighter colour to brighten up your home.
“However, if you don’t want bland, boring, beige or white walls, you could consider painting your walls a light green, or a light shade of yellow.
“Light green walls will brighten the space in the morning, while keeping it cool in the afternoon, whereas light yellow walls will help enhance natural rays of light from the sun.”
For small spaces, using mirrors to create the illusion of a bigger room is a good idea.
“Don’t focus on just the outside of your windows however, it is important to clean the inside of the windows too so that fingerprints and other dirty marks don’t smear the light.
“Create your own cleaning solution of water and white vinegar and apply with paper towels to ensure there aren’t any annoying streaks left behind.”
Flooring can also make a huge impact when it comes to letting light into the home.
According to the experts, flooring can absorb a lot of light and make rooms feel a lot darker than they actually are.
They said: “It’s important to make sure that you have the right flooring to ensure you get the most natural light into your space.
“Wooden, ceramic or stone floors are great light reflectors and will therefore make the room look brighter and will reflect a lot more light than carpets.
“However, if you prefer to have carpets in your home, choose a light, natural colour.”