Adding more light to your home

Phantom Screens / August 4, 2016

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If you ever feel like you’re living in a cave, you might just need more natural light in your home. There are all sorts of features in your house that may be preventing the flow of sunlight without you knowing. From the colors on your wall to the positioning of furniture, there are ways to optimize the daylight that your home does get. Use these techniques to open your home to the natural light of the sun:

Add windows

Pay attention to which sides of the house get the most light. Optimize that part of the home by adding windows on walls that face the sun. This will increase the volume of light entering the house. Also pay attention to notoriously dark spaces. Stairwells and hallways might be trouble spots. If these areas have an exterior wall, consider installing windows. You could even add in a “sun pipe” from the roof to bring natural light into gloomy areas of your home that don’t have outside walls.

Ditch curtains

Heavy fabric curtains will drain the light entering through windows, especially if they cannot be pulled completely out of the way. Getting rid of curtains doesn’t have to mean sacrificing privacy, however. Instead of curtains, install Phantom Screens’ retractable screens. Retractable screens are unobtrusive and completely invisible when not in use. When you want as much sunlight as possible to enter your home, your screens can be opened. Phantom Screens retract completely out of sight when you don’t need them. When you need privacy or a little darkness to watch a movie, deploy the screens. Retractable screens can be fitted on any type of window making instillation easy.
Light entering from the top of the window will reach deepest into a room. Oftentimes, blinds fold up into the top of the window, still filling the area. These blind systems block light from the most effective part of the window. Because Phantom Screens’ retractable screens recess completely out of the window, you’ll be getting all the light you can.

Employ reflection

Use principles of reflection to multiply the amount of light entering a room. Bright or white surfaces reflect light. Paint the walls of your home these colors so that sunlight will be reflected inside the room. Don’t forget about ceilings. Paint ceilings either white or a color near white. Also, keep reflection principles in mind when choosing furniture. Rather than gloss finishes that create glare, have furniture with matte finishes.
Utilize contrast to highlight the bright areas of the house. Paint the walls with deep colors in cozy spaces, but have bright features. A white piece of art on top of a mossy green wall brings attention to the object. Having a dark living room that opens to a bright kitchen adds visual excitement and creates contrast throughout the home. Use mirrors as wall art, as these will reflect light. Be strategic about placement so that they capture light from the window and bounce elsewhere.

Moving furniture

Furniture can block light from moving about a space. Large objects, such as bookcases, should be placed perpendicular to the windows. This allows light entering to move forward without interruption.

Trade for glass

Add glass to both interior and exterior doors to allow for light flow. If you are concerned about privacy, you have several options. Front doors can have frosted or patterned glass that obscures images seen through them.
The interior of your home may not be the most obvious places to add glass, but adding it will promote the flow of light. If the entrances to your study, kitchen or living room have doors, replace them with glass fixtures. French doors are a great option as well and exterior doors can be screened with Phantom’s retractable door screens.