Filling your home with natural light creates a warm and inviting atmosphere for you, your family, and your guests. If you're looking to brighten up your living space, there are some simple adjustments you can make to transform your home into a radiant sanctuary. Our home remodeling pros share ten ways that can help you achieve just that.

1. Optimize window placement.

When renovating or designing your home, consider the placement and size of windows carefully. South-facing windows receive the most sunlight throughout the day, while east-facing windows are ideal for morning light. Maximize the number of windows on the sunnier sides of your house to invite more natural light indoors.

2. Install skylights.

Skylights are an excellent way to bring more sunlight into your home, especially in rooms with limited wall space for windows. They offer a direct connection to the sky, flooding the interior with natural light and creating a sense of openness.

Invite natural light in with neutral interior colors

3. Choose lighter colors.

When it comes to interior decor, opt for lighter colors for walls, ceilings, and furniture. Lighter shades reflect natural light, making the space feel more expansive and brighter. Consider using white or pastel hues for a clean and airy ambiance.

4. Use mirrors strategically.

Mirrors can work wonders in maximizing the light in your home. Place them across from windows to reflect sunlight further into the room. This simple trick creates an illusion of larger windows and makes the space feel brighter and more open.

Use sheer curtains for better natural light

5. Add sheer window treatments.

Heavy drapes and curtains can block precious sunlight. Choose sheer or light-colored window treatments that allow light to filter through while still maintaining your privacy.

6. Trim outdoor foliage.

Overgrown shrubs and trees close to your windows can obstruct natural light from entering your home. Regularly trim outdoor foliage to ensure maximum sunlight penetration through the windows.

Use glass doors to encourage natural light in your home

7. Opt for glass doors.

If you have exterior doors leading to patios or gardens, consider installing glass doors. Glass doorways let abundant light in and visually expand your indoor space for maximum impact.

8. Install light-reflective flooring.

Choose flooring materials that reflect light, such as polished hardwood, light-colored tiles, or glossy laminates. A light-reflective floor helps bounce natural light around the room, brightening up darker corners.

9. Remove interior barriers.

If feasible, consider open floor plans that remove unnecessary interior walls. An open layout allows natural light to flow more freely throughout your home, making the entire living space feel brighter and more connected.

10. Keep your windows clean. 

Dust, grime, and smudges on windows can significantly reduce the amount of sunlight entering your home. Regularly clean both the interior and exterior of your windows to ensure maximum light transmission. 

Home Remodeling and Construction in NH's White Mountains and Lakes Region, and Western Maine

For over 40 years, Cormack Construction has served the home remodeling and construction needs of homeowners in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region, and Western Maine. If you’re thinking about a home improvement project, contact our team today. We’re your local home building and remodeling experts.

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