Tired of paying your crazy high power bill? Turn the overhead lights off and enhance the natural light around your home with these tips.
A Touch of Shine
Did you know mirrors and metallic surfaces will make the light shine in your home, especially when it’s across from a window? Depending on the layout of your home, the addition of a glass top coffee table, silver picture frames, or on a more involved note, a metallic finish ceiling will open up your home to some sunshine.
Are you in the renovation stage? A change of paint color can make a significant difference. Choose light colors like cream, white, or gray to compliment the natural light. Dark colors tend to absorb the light from windows. Also, if you are willing to go up to the ceiling, it will appear taller and brighter if you paint it a few shades lighter than the rest of the walls.
Just like paint, lighter furniture is sure to make the natural light shine. If you want to incorporate fun colors, like deep greens, blues, yellows, and oranges, use them as accents, like in art or pillows, rather than in whole pieces of furniture. After all, nothing looks better than a white couch, as long as you can keep it clean!
Install Glass Blocks
You have probably seen glass blocks often in bathrooms, especially in older, more retro-inspired homes. Replace a blank wall with glass blocks to capture the natural light in your home. You will be amazed at the light that is drawn in!
Instead of installing ceramic tile, consider glass tile on your kitchen backsplash or bathroom. Not only are they better for the environment, but they give off a reflection, almost like a mirror.
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