There’s nothing like natural light to boost a dreary day, and it’s been proven that sunlight is an instigator of good health and well-being. It makes sense to try incorporating more natural light in the house, and we should. Ask any architect (or home-office dweller for that matter!) and they’ll tell you natural light is one of the most important aspects considered when designing a home.
As a glass company based in Auckland, we know that natural light can be hard to capture, and even harder to get right. Too little, and a room can become artificial, but too much can mean a stuffy room that’s hard to relax in. If you're interested in maximising natural light in your house, this blog post is for you! From structural design to soft furnishings and colours, we reveal ways you can make the most of natural light.
Structural Tips to Increase Natural Light
One of the best ways to incorporate more natural light into a house is through its physical structure. Obviously, this option is a little more pricey than soft design tweaks, but if it’s a new build you’re looking at, focusing on its structural design is the best strategy for stealing sunlight. Think patio doors and skylights and get creative with your internal walls.
Include Skylights, Patios & Roof Lanterns
What’s the smartest way to get more natural light into a house? Simply let it flow in! Skylights are a staple of smartly built homes for a good reason. When built on the right angle for a room, they optimise the amount of light let in, without the need to occupy your wall space with windows. Top light (which is what skylights produce), lets in three times as much natural light as vertical openings, so they punch above their weight.
If skylights don’t fit into the structure of your home, patio doors are another way to elegantly bring more natural light into a room. Floor-to-ceiling patio doors are not only a design statement, but they also have great functionality for a sweeping indoor/outdoor flow. Just make sure you find the perfect window treatments to complement the design, so you can have a little privacy when needed.
If you’re wanting to go all out with the glass, why not try a roof lantern in the bathroom? It’s essentially a glass roof and maximises the window space and the privacy in what can be a dark part of the house.
Get Smart With Windows
We’re not done with windows yet. They are an essential part of the home, and they must be done right. Although there is much hubbub about large windows losing heat, this is an easy fix! Simply choose double glazing or thermal glazed windows to seal in the heat!
Also, have a good look at how the light enters a room. When you know where the light comes from, you know how best to utilise it! In New Zealand, it’s best to have windows facing north, to capture most of the sun’s rays as it slides across the Southern sky.
Replace Walls With Glass Blocks & Separations
Replacing interior walls with glass blocks or window separations is a good way to let natural light bounce around the home. Not only does a glass wall open a room, but it also filters the light to create soft rays that dapple instead of glare into your space.
Design Features That Bathe Your Home in Natural Light
Soft design features are a good way to take advantage of the existing natural light within a house.
Light Colours Make for Light Rooms
Colour plays a huge role in how light manoeuvres through a room. Warm light likes red, orange, and yellow tones, whereas cool light finds friends in blue, green, and grey. Think about how rooms in the house are used and the type of light they receive. Rooms that receive light at dawn and dusk will favour warm hues, whereas day rooms prefer cooler colours.
If the right colour doesn’t come naturally, a good strategy is to stick with light tones. Whites, or even gentle greys, soft blues or foamy greens are great to let natural light in.
Furnish a Naturally Lit Home With Function & Flair
Furniture can orientate a room to take advantage of natural light. A reading room would do well to have chairs facing the natural light, whereas a TV room should angle furniture away from harsh glares.
As well as the orientation of furnishings, the tone has a big impact on how light enters a room. Furniture with lighter wood, reflective tiles, and even strategically placed mirrors all help natural light to bounce around a room.
Textures are also key here, so think glossy paint finishes, fabrics with a light sheen, and even incorporate a few metallic knick-knacks to keep the natural light flowing!
Let in More Natural Light With Atlas Glass’ Professional Glazing Solutions
If you’re looking to let more natural light into your house with the help of expertly glazed windows, Atlas Glass is here to help. We do a range of glazing for timber windows, such as double-glazed and acoustic glass to keep your treatments functional and easy on the eye.
Get the most out of your windows with the glass company Auckland loves! Get in touch with the team at Atlas Glass for a free consultation and start your journey to a naturally lit, beautiful home.