Science has showed natural sunlight offers a wide range of healing properties. From supplying our bodies with Vitamin D to promoting good mental health, almost all of us recognize how much better we feel when the day is bright and sunny. While it depends on your occupation, the majority of us don’t have the option of spending all day outside and end up having to rely on windows, doors, and skylights to help bring natural light indoors.
But what if your home’s architectural design won’t aesthetically allow space for additional windows? There are other ways of enhancing and maximizing a room with no direct access to natural light.
- The obvious solution would be to add windows or replace a traditional stud and drywall exterior wall with floor to ceiling glass sliding panels, ultimately creating a stunning wall of windows. Unfortunately, both options may not be practical and in the case of removing a wall and replacing it with glass, extremely expensive.
- Over the years skylights have gotten a bad rap due to excessive UV glare and damage, energy loss, condensation, and leaking. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should automatically avoid a skylight, just do your homework, select a high-quality unit and have it installed by an experienced professional.
- When considering adding a skylight it’s important to keep exterior aesthetics in mind and select a skylight shape that complements the overall structure of the roof. Do you want a remote-controlled ventilated skylight or a fixed unit? One that is flat, domed, arched, or pyramid shaped? Selecting the correct amount of glazing is also a key component when it comes to controlling heat, UV radiation, insulation, and a clear or tinted view to the outdoors. Collaborating with a licensed contractor on the project from start to finish can help answer many of these questions along with ensuring your skylight is installed properly.
Other Methods of Increasing Sunlight
Not interested in changing your home’s original structure by adding windows or skylights? Not to worry, there are numerous other options you can do to make a room brighter. Just remember, you probably won’t be getting all the benefits natural sunlight from clear window or door access provides.
- Strategically place lighting throughout the room. Using specialized bright light fixtures, originally created for those with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), offers one of the most effective methods for adding additional natural light. There are a wide variety of lighting options available depending on your specific needs.
- Change out traditional solid wooden doors with glass inset French doors or install a Dutch door with a top glass framed insert. Consider adding a transom over an existing door. This works especially well if the transom borders a room full of natural light.
- Other methods, not quite as specialized, include adding mirrors to capture and reflect whatever natural light is available. Position a mirror to reflect the light from a window, door or even a lamp. To get maximum reflection include mirrored topped tables or installing a decorative mirror tiled wall.
- Go light and bright with everything else in the room including paint and furniture. White or pale neutral walls, white high gloss ceiling and window trim, pale wood furniture and upholstery with bright pops of accent colors in throw pillows, artwork and tablescapes will make the entire room look and feel warm and inviting. Style it right and you won’t even miss the lack of natural light!
For additional information on making permanent changes to your home’s exterior Compass Construction is now scheduling in-home consultations. Call us today at 864-627-8804 or fill out our secure online form and let Compass Construction manage all your home’s rejuvenation needs.