It’s starting to get to that time of year again. Long, light evenings are on their way and, despite our better judgement, we’re preparing ourselves for a sunny summer this year.
We all look forward to the sunshine, but do you know the incredible benefits that come with natural light? Letting more light into your home can:
• Boost your mood
Sunlight actually increases the number of endorphins and serotonin in your body. These are the chemicals that keep you happy, which is why allowing more natural light into your home can greatly improve your mood.
It has even been found that increased natural light plays a huge role in boosting cognition and productivity, meaning a brighter home could completely change your attitude.
• Keep you healthy
Did you know that sunlight is recognised as a natural disinfectant? UV rays are also naturally antiseptic. By letting in more natural light, you could help to reduce the production of harmful bacteria and organisms throughout your home.
Natural light also keeps your body healthy by;
o Stimulating your appetite,
o Improving digestion,
o Triggering production of vitamins B and D,
o Improving circulation,
o Boosting your immune system,
o Increasing your white blood cell count,
o And even balancing your body’s hormones.
• Help you sleep
You may have heard about the detrimental effects of the “blue light” emitted by your phone screen at night. This harsh artificial light disrupts your body’s production of melatonin – the hormone that regulates sleep.
Natural light has the opposite effect; helping you to be energetic by day and sleepy at night. Sunlight also helps to regulate your sleep cycle by realigning your circadian rhythm with the rising and setting of the sun. Humans were made to be outside, so letting more natural light into your home can help your body behave more naturally.
• Help the environment
Make sure you turn off your light and open the curtains whenever possible to allow the free, green natural sunlight to illuminate your home. Not only is this cheaper than running a lightbulb, it also doesn’t require the burning of any fossil fuels to produce.
Letting sunlight into your home can also help to keep it warmer; meaning you can turn off that heating too.
Exposing your home to more natural sunlight has a huge number of benefits to you, your health, and even the planet. It can make you feel happier, warmer and more comfortable. And, from an interior design point of view, the lighter and brighter your room is, the more comfortable it is too.
So how can you let more natural light into your home?
There are a variety of things you can do to make your home appear lighter. This could be decorating with light colours and glossy furnishings to reflect more light back into the room. However, when it comes to letting in light, nothing is more important than your windows.
Make sure you keep all of your windows and glass doors clean to allow the maximum amount of sunlight into your home. Remove any dark or heavy curtains that may be blocking the sunshine and replace them with light colours and lightweight fabrics to let in natural light whilst maintaining your home’s privacy.
If your budget allows, you may also want to consider larger windows or glass bi-folding doors into your home to create a bright, airy and happier home.