If you’re lucky enough to live in a place with long winters and short days, you know just how precious natural light can be.
If you’re only getting a brief shot for natural light each day, it’s
important to maximize the amount of natural light that you get in your
We’ve put together this helpful article to help you find ways to
maximize the daylight you get indoors in winter. Keep reading and let
the light in!
Why Is Natural Daylight Important?
So, why do you need natural light in your home? There are numerous reasons.
Studies have shown that natural light is important for health. Exposure to sunlight helps the body produce vitamin D.
Vitamin D is key for bone health and it can reduce the risk of some cancers. It’s also vital for mental health. Studies show that getting enough sunlight boosts your mood overall.
For people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), getting enough sunlight can lessen or alleviate symptoms. Sunlight can also boost productivity.
Getting natural daylight in your home can also lower your energy bills. Allowing as much sunlight in while it’s light out (and closing all the curtains after dark) can warm your house naturally.
Ways to Increase Natural Light in the Home
There are ways to maximize the amount of daylight you get in your
home during the winter. Here are a few of the best ideas to help you let
in the light.
We’ll start with one of the obvious ones — get larger (or more!)
windows in your home. It’s not the cheapest option of them all, but it
is a smart investment.
Larger windows give you more daylight in addition to increasing the
value of your home. If you’re soon facing window replacements anyway,
consider whether you can enlarge a few of the existing ones.
Bonus — new windows are energy efficient, too. So in addition to more
light and increased home value, you also have lower energy costs.
Solar Tubes or Skylights
Do you have a room in your house that gets very little natural light?
It could be a bathroom with no windows or a large room that only has
windows on one wall.
If this is the case, consider having solar tubes or skylights
installed. Solar tubes are essentially reflective tubes that shine
sunlight into otherwise dark areas of the home. Since they are compact,
solar tubes work in closets, hallways, or bathrooms.
Skylights need a more room, but they allow a good amount of light into bedrooms, living rooms, or kitchens.
Remove Window Screens
This is a simple step that can make a big difference.
When winter rolls around, you won’t be opening your windows for a few
months. In order to maximize the light that comes in from each window,
remove the screens and store them until spring.
Keep Window Glass Clean
Even if your windows look clean, they might not be.
Take a washcloth and glass cleaner to each window before winter hits.
Clean the inside and outside if possible. You’ll be surprised how
quickly dirt, dust, and grime accumulate on the glass.
A good wipe down will allow each window to let in the most amount of
natural light during daylight hours. You will notice a difference!
Trim Branches and Boughs
If you have a wooded lot, take stock of the trees near your home before winter comes around.
Do you have large trees that shade your home? If so, consider
trimming back larger branches and boughs that hang near windows and
block light. This helps let as much light in as possible while also
allowing more natural sunlight to warm your home during the day.
Hang Mirrors Strategically
Large mirrors, when hung strategically throughout your home’s
interior can bounce natural light into otherwise dark corners and
Big mirrors are best. Hang mirrors across from large windows and keep the curtains open during the day. The light reflecting from the mirror will brighten the room considerably. Plus, it has the added bonus of making your space appear larger.
Go Easy with the Window Treatments
Heavy, dark curtains and valances won’t do a dark space any favors. Keep window dressings light and airy.
Bamboo blinds, roller shades, or sheer, light-colored curtains are
the best options. If you do need a lined curtain, pick one in a light
color like white or light blue to reflect more light into the room.
Consider Your Paint Colors
If you live in a cold climate with long winters, choose your interior
paint colors wisely. Although a navy blue wall is trendy and beautiful,
it won’t help you come winter.
Remember that light colors reflect light while dark colors absorb it.
If you want to maximize the amount of natural daylight throughout your
home, stick to bright wall colors. White is always a classic neutral,
but pale gray, soft blue, ivory, and light greiges work well, too.
Are You Craving More Sunlight This Winter?
If you have a dark home with small windows, and you suffer through
long, gray winters, start thinking of ways to increase the amount of
natural daylight that your home is getting. By planning ahead, you will
be prepared for the change of the seasons.
If you’re in the Stouffville, Ontario area and in the market for new windows, glass doors, a sunroom, or custom mirrors, get in contact with us today! Our expert team would love to discuss ways to brighten your home and help you survive another long winter.