The Importance of Natural Light in Your Home
Natural light actually provides measurable health benefits.
It's a photographers best friend and a major selling point of homes. There are quite a bit of benefits to having an abundance of natural light in your home.
Health Benefits of Natural Light
1. Boosts your Vitamin D
When exposed to sunlight, the skin absorbs vitamin D, a critical nutrient that prevents bone loss and reduces the risk of heart disease, weight gain, and various cancers.
The so-called “sunshine vitamin” also doesn’t discriminate based on whether you get your sunlight indoors or out.
Meaning: increasing your natural light where you spend the most time, be it home or the workplace, is equally important.
2. Wards off Depression
Getting as much natural light as possible can help keep these mood changes at bay.
3. Improves Sleep
Since mental health and sleep often go hand in hand, it’s not surprising that natural light affects both.
4. Balances Hormones
Sunlight has healing powers and increases endorphins and serotonin. Research has shown that more natural light helps people to be more productive, happier, healthier and calmer.
How To Get More Natural Light in Your Home
Mirrors, mirrors, on the wall
Help light bounce around a room with a mirror …or two …or more.
Sunlight from the window can reflect against a mirror, casting more brightness between four walls.
How large of a mirror should you choose? The sky — or, technically, your ceiling — is the limit. Just be sure you get the most of the reflection and aim to place mirrors or metallic objects in the path of the sun’s rays.
Some interior design pros also emphasize adding to the mirror effect by decorating with items with a metallic sheen, like brass candlesticks or silver sconces.
Ditch the drapes
Curtains may be lovely to look at, but their elegance pales compared to the health benefits of going au natural.
Removing heavy curtains is an easy step to allowing more sun in your space. Plus, letting the sun be your alarm can help get your circadian rhythm back on track and reboot your sleep-wake cycle.
But if you’re concerned about how the sun may be affecting your skin while you snooze, opt for keeping blinds raised throughout the day before pulling them shut at night.
Reflective colors aren’t just for road cyclists. You can bring their eye-catching effects into your home with your selection of wall colors.
While white is the most reflective color, you don’t have to make your home look like a sanatorium to lighten things up.
Colors close to white, such as light-colored pastels, reflect plenty of rays. An eggshell wash or other reflective paint finish compounds their brightness.
Also, don’t forget the largest source of darkness in a room may be the floor. Get a light colored rug to help brighten up the room.