January marks the middle of summer which means longer days and more sunshine. Stuart Clark, home expert at Victory Curtains and Blinds, shares his top tips for utilising natural light in your home.
Mirrors are a great way to reflect natural light around your room. If you place them on a wall adjacent to a window or glass door, not only will it trick the eye into thinking your room is bigger but it will also bounce the natural light straight around your room.
Change window coverings
Natural light can be enhanced in your home by layering different window treatments. Sheer blinds and curtains are perfect for offering privacy but still allowing natural light to come into the home. They are especially great during summer when you may want to soften harsh light coming in.
Use light colours
Stay away from dark walls and statement wallpaper which will make a room feel much smaller and darker. Instead introduce soft whites and lighter colours which will help reflect natural light around your room. It’s best to stick to off-whites which create a warmer effect as opposed to harsh whites which can sometimes make a room feel clinical and cold.
Trim trees and shrubs
To bring more light inside it’s useful to look outside and see if any trees or plants are covering your windows. You coule consider replacing overgrown shrubs with smaller, low-lying plants to ensure your view is unobstructed and to keep the natural light pouring in.
Rearrange your furniture
In rooms that are lacking natural light try moving furniture around to optimise how much light can access the room. For instance, any furniture blocking windows or glass doors will be altering the natural brightness of your space and should be rearranged.
Clean your windows
Cleaning your windows doesn’t typically sit as a priority around the home but you’d be surprised just how brighter cleaner windows can make your room.