How to bring more natural light into your home

How to bring more natural light into your home

How to bring more natural light into your home

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Natural light is well known for its ability to improve our overall mood and well being. I know that when the weather turns grey and wet, my mental health tends to take a bit of a dive. I’m not saying that I have any serious issues, but I definitely notice the difference in mood when the skies are dark. I’ve been thinking recently about the benefits of natural light, and how to increase the natural light in our home. The issue is particularly noticeable during the winter months when daylight hours are far shorter.

The benefits of natural light

There are so many benefits of natural light. I could talk for hours about them all, but I’ve chosen just a few to highlight just how important it is on our overall health and wellbeing.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is absorbed into the body when we’re exposed to natural sunlight. We can take vitamin D supplements, but absorbing it naturally is always the best way.

Vitamin D is vital for our bodies, as it helps prevents bone loss and reduces the risk of heart disease, weight gain, and various cancers.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD as it’s more widely known, is a huge issue for many people. SAD is a form of depression that’s closely linked with a lack of natural light. If you find that your depression takes over when the days start to get shorter, then you need to seek help from a medical professional.

Improved Sleep

We tend to sleep better when we’ve been exposed to more natural light during the day. This could be because of a clearer definition between night and day when the sun’s shining.

Pocket

Natural light is free! When we have more sunlight coming into our homes, we will inevitably use less electricity. Sunlight not only lights up our homes, it also helps to keep them nice and warm too.

How to bring more natural light into your home

There are lots of ways to bring more natural light into your home.

New windows

If your windows are a little old and dated, then you will probably find that you will make a huge difference to the amount of natural light coming in if you update them. If money is your worry, then you can get some great deals on windows these days, making it cost far less than you might think. Spend a little time researching window special offers and take it from there.

Mirrors

Mirrors are a really effective way of bringing more natural light into the home. Carefully placed mirrors will reflect the natural light coming in through the windows, instantly brightening up the place. Choose stylish, light coloured frames and avoid dark woods – mirrors make a great focal point and can be a key piece in the creation of a stylish room.

Get rid of heavy curtains

Although you’ll have your curtains open during the day, they can still darken a room when they’re tied back. Think about getting some lighter weight curtains. If the light is an issue for you in the early mornings, and you need to block it out so that you can sleep, then a black out blind is a great alternative. Black out blinds will completely block out the light when they’re pulled down, making them perfect for light mornings. But, they can be rolled all the way up, allowing the natural light to flood the house during the day time.

If you’d like to bring more natural light into your home, then just using one of these tips will make a huge difference. If you’re able to use them all, then you will notice a huge impact on your overall well being. There’s simply no substitute for natural light.

*This is a collaborative post.

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