Did you know that with a good use and size of windows and doors you can reduce the consumption of artificial light by between 16% and 20%? There is no doubt that natural light brings wellbeing and warmth to any home, but the impact it has on the energy efficiency of a house is also very significant.
At personalHOME we are committed to modern and efficient homes where you can make the most of the hours of sunlight. With large windows, you will capture all the exterior light and make your home shine with its own light.
Betting on white
One of the most important factors when decorating a home is the choice of colours, both for walls and ceilings. Interior walls are the main way in which natural light is reflected in your room. The way light is reflected ranges from 100% to 0% on the colour scale. Remember that white is not a single tone, there are whites that are brighter than others and we can appreciate that the brighter it is, the more light you will have. However, you have a wide range to choose from.
In short, the lighter colours the better, soft and pastel tones give a feeling of spaciousness, space and a lot of clarity. White ceilings can go unnoticed and be an ally when decorating.
Likewise, if you want to have a room with a feeling of spaciousness and light, you should also take into account the tone of the floor.
THE LOCATION OF THE HOUSE
The orientation of a house can significantly affect the amount of natural light that enters the house and how it is distributed inside.
For example, the hemisphere in which the house is located: In the northern hemisphere, southern windows will receive more sunlight during the day, while in the southern hemisphere, northern windows will receive more light.
Therefore, it is best to allocate sunlight to those spaces where tasks that need more light are carried out, thus saving us from having to use artificial light.
DECORATION: DOORS, WINDOWS AND FURNITURE
When choosing the decoration of your home, you will have to take into account some factors to ensure that natural light is present in all rooms:
- Windows and doors: Tall windows generate the most uniformity in lighting. Doors with glass provide a flow from one space to another and allow more sunlight to enter.
- Furniture: When choosing the furniture we want for our rooms, we have to take into account its size, as the lower the better, because it will allow the access of light in the house. In addition, when choosing the colours, we should opt for light wood or white, as they give spaciousness and luminosity.
- Fabrics: Linen, organza or gauze are among the materials that bring the most light into the room. These allow light to enter and do not make you lose intimacy. However, it is important that they are light, as with printed or dense fabrics we will achieve the opposite of what we are looking for.
THE BENEFITS OF NATURAL LIGHT
Making the most of natural light won’t just be noticed within the four walls of your home, your health will thank you for it too. Some of these benefits include:
- Improved mood: Natural light can increase levels of serotonin, a hormone that is linked to mood and well-being. This can help reduce depression and stress.
- Helps regulate sleep: Natural light can also help regulate the body’s internal clock and maintain a healthy sleep pattern.
- Improves concentration and productivity: Natural light can improve concentration and productivity, especially in work environments.
- Strengthens the immune system: Exposure to natural light can also help strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of respiratory diseases.
- Reduces eye fatigue: Natural light can also help reduce eye fatigue and improve vision, as it can help relieve eye strain.
In short, lighting is a key factor in the conditioning of the home, if we maximise the use of natural light in our home we will achieve a healthier and more sustainable stay. We help our pockets, our health and the environment.