Lighting and light fixtures are a basic component of any home. However, some custom home owners spend all their time planning the artificial lighting options for their homes at the expense of focusing on natural lighting. This is a mistake and reverses the natural order. Think of the light coming in from the outdoors as the primary light source for your home and artificial lighting as secondary. The following post offers some valuable details on the importance of natural lighting:
Natural lighting, or the light from the sun, is one of the best sources of light. Using natural light in your home will not only help save money on your electrical bill but it also it creates a warmer environment, increases your productivity, improves your mood, helps you sleep better, and gives you an increased exposure to vitamin D. Unfortunately, not every home has enough windows or access to natural lighting to turn off all your electrical lights, but when you have the chance, pull up your blinds and let the sunlight into your home! Read more at RC Willey…
The health benefits of a house should be a major consideration when building or purchasing a home. If this is a priority for you, then you should consider lots of natural lighting a must-have your custom-built home.
Other than putting in numerous large windows, you may be thinking to yourself, “What else is there to do?” You can begin by painting your walls with lighter colors, as the following post explains:
1) Light colours
Introduce lighter colours to your walls by banishing statement wallpaper and dark block colours in favour of a soft shade of white paint. Shades of white will make a space feel brighter as it reflects the natural light entering the room, rather than absorbing it.
Avoid using brilliant white paint on walls as it can make a space feel cold, an off-white shade will create a much warmer effect. Another trick is to paint the ceiling a couple of shades lighter than the walls to create the illusion of height and space. Choosing a paint with a satin finish will help reflect the light more than matt paint. Read more at House Beautiful…
Another tip you can use to maximize the natural light in your home is decorating with mirrors. They will reflect more light into your rooms. When hung in the right places, they can significantly increase the amount of light in your home. The following post explains this point:
We’ve all heard that mirrors can transform any space from gloomy to glamorous, but there are a few tricks. First, bigger is always better when using mirrors – the larger the reflective surface, the more light it will bounce around the room.
And second, your mirror needs to reflect a light source, so place it opposite or adjacent to a window as has been done with the oversized circular mirror in this San Francisco home. Hanging a mirror behind a lamp can brighten a room even further. Read more at Houzz…
Along with using mirrors to reflect the light and spread it around, invest in furniture with glass panels or mirrored accents that will do the same thing.
One final tip would be to remove any obstructions to natural light. Move any furniture that is not reflecting light a few feet from your windows to prevent them from blocking the light. Also, go for lighter fabric curtains. Finally, you can incorporate skylights in your ceilings to get more direct sunlight.
If you’re looking to construct a custom new home with the perfect amount of natural lighting, you need to work with an excellent custom home builder who will turn your dreams into reality. Oz Custom Home Builders is that company. Our experience of over 20 years has propelled us to the top of the heap when it comes to the construction of luxury homes. Call Oz Homes owner Scott NeSmith at (803) 242-0050 to book a consultation. We want to discuss your vision for your custom home.