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Unique Colors that Create Natural Light in Your Home

01 September 2018
Kevin Hartley

When wanting to create more value on a property, you might think of many features, but you might also want to keep in mind the simplest of renovations: newly painted walls. Many people want to have their rooms feel like more than they are. Natural light makes a room look bigger and brighter, but not everyone has windows on every wall of their home. Fortunately, letting more natural light into your home is easier than you think.

Choose Your Paint Color Carefully

Light colors are always best when you're trying to brighten up a room, but that doesn't mean you're limited to white walls.

  • Hazel:blue-green shades are on trend right now, and they give any room a bright and airy appearance. White trim and furnishings will make a hazel room look even more gorgeous.
  • Pale Yellow:what better way to add natural light to your home than painting your walls the color of sunshine? A soft yellow shade of paint paired with a brilliant white ceiling will brighten the darkest of rooms.
  • Spring Green:spring green is an energizing bright green color, mixed with a bit of yellow. Incorporating the colors found outside of your home into your paint scheme will brighten and expand any space.  
  • Navy Blue Or Kelly Green:if you want to incorporate dark shades into your color palette, and still achieve a light and bright look, paint a feature wall deep blue or green. Choose a high-gloss finish so that your feature wall reflects natural light.
  • Charcoal Gray:a high-gloss gray paint reflects light and gives the illusion of space. Pastel accent colors work well with charcoal gray. Try pale blue, pink, lavender, or mint green to further brighten the space.
  • Sage:sage green is our favorite paint color to add natural light to a room. Sage is a light mossy green shade with hints of gray undertones. This highly reflective color will brighten a dark home, and since sage is such a soothing color, it can be used anywhere from bedrooms and powder rooms to kitchens and living rooms.

Whitewash Your Eaves

While you've got your paint brushes out, paint the eaves of your house bright white. The overhang of your roof creates eaves, and they reflect natural light into your home. Painting them bright white intensifies this effect. The best part is that you only have to paint the section angled towards your house, so you won't have to worry about changing the exterior look of your home.

Install New Windows

The best way to add natural light to your home is to open up your walls and install new windows. If you're hoping to capture the morning light in your bedroom, install windows in an east-facing wall. Let in warm afternoon light with a south-facing window, and west-facing windows will ensure you never miss another sunset.

Another option is to enlarge pre-existing windows. Replacement windows with smaller frames will let in more light, and bay windows let light in from different angles.

Paint the frames around your new windows white to reflect sunlight, and use cotton or linen window treatments to let in the most natural light.

Open Your Door

Do you have a solid front door? Replace it with a windowed door to let in more natural light. Sidelights and transom windows will dramatically brighten any entrance, and reeded glass or frosted glass doors are stylish ways to add light without sacrificing privacy. Install a sliding glass door leading to your backyard to let in even more light.

Solid interior doors can also be replaced with french doors to transform a dark room.

Reach For The Sky

Skylights have come a long way over the last few years. What was once a leaky liability is now an efficient way to let natural light into your home. Thanks to their ventilation panels and remote controlled blinds, modern skylights also help lower heating and cooling bills.

Mirrors Are More Than Decorations

Strategically placed mirrors reflect existing natural light, making rooms look larger and brighter.

Homeowners who want to add natural light in their kitchen or bathroom can install glass backsplash tiles. Glass tiles act like little mirrors that reflect almost 100 percent of the light that shines on them.

Research shows that natural light is a top priority when buyers are searching for a new home. By increasing the natural light in your home, you're not just creating a beautiful space for your family to enjoy, you're also increasing the value of your property.

In your goal of making a more inviting home, make sure to check out some of our other great articles discussing home renovation! You can find thosehereandhere!

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