Have you ever wondered why people link negative emotions to colors and hues? For instance, when you feel sad, you may say you’re ‘feeling blue’. Or others may describe your mood as ‘dark and depressing’.
Think about it. Upon waking up to a bright, sunny day, the first thing that usually pops into your head is “Today will be a great day.” Conversely, when clouds hide the sun, you most likely say “It’s so dark and gloomy.”
It’s for the simple reason that colors and light – as well as how light or dark a color is – greatly impact our moods. And science backs this up.
But there’s more to lighting, particularly natural light from the sun. From improved productivity and focus to healthier skin to the increased curb appeal of your property, these are just some of sunlight’s benefits.
And best of all, you can enjoy all these through correct placement of glass. So, for your next home improvement project, consider glass installation. Here are some ideas that will help you get adequate amounts of sunlight into your home using these reflective, shiny materials.
Going Glass: What You Should Know
Before I let you in on the secrets to maximizing natural light through glass, let’s first talk about glass. Specifically, glass windows and their lighting properties.
For a long time now, the construction industry has placed great importance on glass windows, and for many good reasons. Two of the most important, however, is daylighting and adequate ventilation.
Daylighting refers to the process of using correct sunlight admission control practices. The goal is to allow as much sunlight in, which then helps reduce dependence on artificial lighting. Ultimately, this leads to lower energy consumption, which translates to lower electricity bills.
And of course, sunlight brightens up your home naturally. It brings out your home’s beauty and makes it more comfortable and cozy. Overall, it helps make a house become a warmth-filled home.
So, as you can see, transforming your home into a sunlight-filled dwelling through glass benefits, not just you and your property, but the environment too. These should be enough reasons to go glass as soon as possible.
Add More Natural Light to Your Home with these Techniques Now
Now that you know more about glass and how it brings more natural light into your home, you can start planning your home improvement project. There are many ways to use glass to help you maximize your daylighting practices, but you can start with these ones.
Make Space for New Windows
So long as you have bare walls that directly connect to the outdoors, you will always have space for new windows. Even just a single additional glass window to one side of your house that has none can already make a huge difference in letting more natural light in.
This can work wonders in rooms that require more privacy too. You don’t want people having a clear view of the room’s interiors, but you can illuminate it with sunlight through a higher-placed window. Higher windows are ideal for dressing rooms, nursing rooms, and bathrooms.
If you prioritize privacy but still want to allow some daylight in, frosted glass windows may just be what you’re looking for.
Go Large, Go Picture-Sized
When you have a larger budget, consider installing picture windows. These large glass windows usually take up a considerable part of the wall, which means that they let a lot of natural light in. This makes them a great energy-efficiency addition to your home.
And because they’re clear, they’re best installed on the side of your house that looks out to your garden. This way, you can enjoy both the benefits of sunlight and having great views of the outdoors.
Glass Your Doors Up
Wooden doors give your home a classy, sophisticated look. But they also block a lot of that beneficial natural night.
This said you may want to opt for a glass door. They come in many different attractive designs, and they can give your home just as classy a look as traditional wooden or French doors.
Since we’re on the subject of glass doors, you should know that sliding glass doors are also ideal additions to sunlight-lacking homes. Install these in your home, and you’ll surprise yourself with the lighting difference they can make. Also, because they slide into wall cavities, they’re perfect for areas with smaller or tighter areas.
Light the Sky (or Ceiling) Up
If you’ll find it hard to install new glass windows, then skylights are the next best thing to bring more natural light into your home. These offer a good alternative to glass windows since you can have them easily installed on the ceiling.
Mirrors are Every Homeowners Best Friend
Did you know that mirrors can make any small room appear larger? That’s all thanks to their reflective property. It’s for this reason that many interior decorators strategically add windows to rooms with tighter spaces.
But mirrors also go a long way to maximizing the natural light flooding into your home. Again, it’s because they reflect light, rather than absorb it. Best of all, they’re easy to install, not to mention friendly on any budget range.
Start by putting up a large window opposite one of your windows. It will reflect both daylight and artificial light, resulting in the light doubling in amount. And presto, you have a better-lit room.
Going glassy and glossy in your bathroom and kitchen – places with lots of shiny surfaces – can also enhance both daylight and artificial light. These surfaces work similarly like mirrors, in the way that they reflect the light. They’re great for kitchens where you need maximum lighting, and in bathrooms, where dimness is usually an issue.
And of course, since they’re reflective, they’ll have the same largening effect on the room you install them in.
Brighten Your Home with Glass Today
Glass in homes not only exudes elegance and sophistication; it also has these daylighting and energy-saving benefits. So, as early as now, consider adding them to any space they’re best suited for. You’ll soon see the amazing difference they can make to the overall comfort of your home.
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