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Put on any property show and you’ll find the one thing that all homeowners agree on is light. Bright, warm and energising, loads of natural light in your house is one of the best ways to improve your home. Be it with a conservatory, glass extension, skylight or even just a lick of paint, natural light is a must for the modern home.
Natural light has a range of benefits from psychological to physical and even economical. Sunlight increases the instances of people with vitamins D and B as well as reports of boosting red blood cell counts, white blood cell counts, circulation and the immune system. As if this weren’t enough, exposure to natural light has been linked to increased energy during the day and helps the body recognise when to sleep at night.
Natural light is not just good for the body, but also the mind, as one study by Loyola University discovered people working in natural light had better short-term cognitive abilities than those working in shade. This means increased energy, productivity and a positive attitude.
Finally, natural light is one of the best ways to save money. With Stormclad’s modern conservatories and sealing, the heat harnessed from the sun is trapped and used to radiate the rest of the home. This means spending less on those heating and lighting bills while improving your health and wellbeing.
With so many benefits, increasing the natural light of your home is a no-brainer. Fortunately, there are several ways to increase light to suit all needs and budgets.
First and foremost for adding light to your home is windows. An obvious choice, windows are great at letting in light and keeping it there. However, keeping the heat ‘in’ can be an issue, so be sure to update old windows with more efficient models with better seals and double glazing.
Adding windows is not always easy with limited space and privacy, a concern. This is where skylights are a must. Angular, modern and dramatic, the light from a skylight can flood a room and save you hundreds in energy costs. They are also perfect for adding natural light to rooms without windows or dark areas of the home.
A conservatory may seem like a big project but they can often be completed without any building planning necessary. Made up of predominantly glass, a conservatory is a stunning feature room that becomes the hub of the family home. There is no better way to bring the outside in and make the most of your garden and reflect sunlight into your home.
Orangeries have traditionally been seen as separate from the home but at Stormclad we specialise in bespoke designs, made to fit your needs. We can help you create a hybrid orangery and extension to increase the space of your home, add to the architectural beauty of your home and increase the light in your home. Whatever your vision, our team of experts are on hand to help you realise it.
Often overlooked, your doors can also be updated to add natural light to your home. Swap out the stable door for a sleek glass door or switch out your front door with a modern door complete with stylised glass panels. For a truly breathtaking change consider installing a french window or sliding glass door to connect your garden to the home.
A lot of properties, especially semi-detached properties, can find space at a premium. Odd side alleys, narrow gardens and other wasted spaces can be reimagined as lean-to extensions. Imagine your lounge with one side all glass. The light and warmth coming in from this small extension make it one of the most cost-effective ways to increase your home’s footprint, add to the value of your house and add light and warmth.
Getting light into your home is just one part of the battle. Once it’s in your home you should consider how it bounces around the room. Do you have dark walls or furniture that absorbs all of the light? Have you got mirrors to add depth to your room and help light reach corners it would otherwise miss? Paint and interior decorating can go a long way to improving the natural light of your home so give your walls a nice, bright coat of paint and update any moody furniture with smaller, lighter options. Try adding a few houseplants or flowers to brighten up the room and add rich colour. You’ll see a noticeable difference instantly and appreciate the splashes of colour and light as they flood your room.
There is a whole science behind how colours interact and work with light but the above will give you a great start to making the most of all the natural light you have in your home.
Last but not least is a good old fashioned spring clean. Break out the elbow grease and give all your windows a good scrub. The difference between a clean window and a dirty one is incredible. If you’re still feeling inspired try decluttering your rooms and refreshing your decor. The seasons change so why not your home?
At Stormclad we believe in unlocking the potential of your home. Contact us today and find out how we can help you introduce more light into your home and create a space that you and the family can bask in.