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Best Ways to Increase Natural Light in Your Home

Updated: Mar 31

Natural light is an excellent way to bathe your room with a rich, warm glow. It helps maximize visual comfort, creating a soothing and inviting atmosphere in your space.

Additionally, natural light increases your serotonin levels - the hormone that stabilizes mood and wellbeing - bringing you more peace, happiness, and calmness for increased productivity during the day.

From making natural light sources the focal point of your home design to utilizing mirrors and shiny reflective surfaces, there are many ways you can bring more light into your living space.

Here are some of the best ways to increase natural light in your New England home.

How to Maximize Natural Light In Your Home With Furniture Options

A home flooded with natural light makes colors appear more vibrant and inviting while the decor stands out. It also makes a space feel more open, bright, and airy - adding to the illusion of more extensive square footage. So how do you get this glorious light to shine in?

Make Natural Light Sources The Focal Point

A focal point is an area or feature of a room that naturally draws the eye and becomes the center of attention. Drawing attention to a natural light source makes it the room's focal point and allows the light to spill evenly throughout. This helps amplify the brightness and creates a cheery atmosphere—starting which furniture placement that opens up the space.

For instance, you could arrange your furniture around a large window to make it the focal point in your living room. This can be accomplished with pieces like a sectional and statement chairs. Then add some reflective décor, like a vase or mirror, to reflect and amplify the light. If you want to add a gallery wall or some shelving, do it on the wall opposite the window to avoid clutter and make the most of the natural light.

Shiny surfaces

Utilizing reflective surfaces is one of the quickest and most effective ways to increase the amount of natural light in a space. Shiny surfaces reflect light into the room, brightening it up and giving the illusion of more light.

Adding glossy surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom is an easy way to make the space feel more open and bring in more light. You can also add furniture with reflective surfaces, like a coffee table with a glass top or a metal end table.

And don't forget about window treatments! Silk and satin curtains will reflect light into the room while also adding a touch of style and elegance across all design aesthetics.

Strategically Angle Your Furniture

Furniture arrangement is critical when it comes to maximizing natural light. You want to avoid placing large pieces directly in front of windows because they will block the light and make the room feel smaller.

Instead, angling your furniture towards the light will help reflect it around the room, making it feel brighter and more open. This comes in handy when you have light-colored furniture as it bounces off the natural light, filling up the room with a radiant glow.

Lean Towards Light Browns Or Opt for Light Furniture

Choosing the right furniture finish can also affect the amount of light in a room. If you want to make a space feel brighter, go for light browns or furniture with a light finish. Combine neutrals and colors like light browns. This is because light and warm finishes reflect more light than their dark counterparts.

Lighter wood tones for your flooring and furniture will also help create a cohesive look flooded with natural light. Add a dynamic look to your space by using a variety of colors like Pantone’s Color of the Year: Very Peri. Add these touches throughout a room to bring a bright pop of color against any darker furniture pieces.

Boost Interior Lighting with Clear, Energy-Efficient Fixtures

Clear, energy-efficient fixtures are a great way to breathe life into your room and brighten it up while being eco-friendly. These fixtures emit a natural white light that makes colors appear more vibrant and objects easier to see.

Combined with reflective surfaces, clear fixtures can help maximize the amount of light in your home and create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

How can I maximize the sunlight in my house? Consult with Rhode Island Design Center

When it comes to maximizing sunlight in your home, it is essential to consult with a professional. Expert designers have the experience and expertise to help you make the most of the natural light in your home. They can guide you on furniture placement, window treatments, and more to ensure that your home is filled with bright, natural light.

At Rhode Island Design Center, we pride ourselves on being able to help our clients create homes that are both beautiful and functional. We will discuss your needs and wants to create a custom design plan that is perfect for you and your home. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our expert designers.


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