Increasing the amount of natural light in your home reduces your reliance on artificial light during the day (also reflected in your electric bill!) while boosting your sense of well-being. Here are 8 ways to light up your life, ranging from do-it-yourself to professional remodeling projects:
1. Open the Door
Replacing a solid exterior door for one with windows or side lights instantly brightens a room. Even one window at the top of a door (as shown above) will increase daytime visibility.
2. Use Existing Windows
Opening the curtains or blinds during the day immediately illuminates a room. Trade heavy drapes for sheer curtains. Rearrange the furniture if heavy furniture blocks light coming through those windows.
3. Lighten Up
Painting walls white or other light colors will help move the natural light around a room. Dark moulding can absorb light, so consider a lighter hue for those, as well.
4. Trade Walls for Windows
Let the sun shine in and take advantage of a view by installing a wall of windows or sliding glass door. In the kitchen above, a wall becomes windows, and even the back door has panes of glass and a transom window. Speaking of transom windows, they are the solution for having more light if the view isn’t so good or privacy is a concern, like in this St. Louis kitchen remodel.
See more photos of the sunny kitchen remodel shown above.
5. Let’s Reflect
Place mirrors around the room to reflect existing natural light. Experiment with different sizes of mirrors and how they’re placed. An added benefit is that mirrors will also make the room appear bigger while doubling your light.
6. Enlarge Windows
Without enlarging the opening in the wall you can increase daylight with replacement windows that have thinner frames, or bay windows whose three sides naturally grab more light.
7. Light Up Anyplace
Solar tubes make it possible to bring light to most any space in your home. As shown in the master bathroom above, they are ideal for rooms where a window or skylight is not feasible. And their small footprint on both the roof and ceiling makes for a relatively affordable installation. See more photos of this master suite addition that uses solar tubes and plenty of additional windows.
8. Welcome the Skylight
Modern technology and improved installation techniques have eliminated most of the leakage problems once associated with skylights. The addition of ventilation panels and remote control blinds also makes them ideal for indoor climate control.
See a modern kitchen where the addition of 2 skylights made a huge difference.
If you’re ready to increase the amount of natural light in your Metro St. Louis home, explore all your options with the designers and craftsmen at Mosby Building Arts. Call the Mosby office at 314.909.1800 or contact us here.
Why Work with Mosby Building Arts?
If efficiency, knowledge and quality craftsmanship are of the utmost importance, then Mosby is the partner for you. We are a design build firm that handles every aspect of your remodeling project from beginning to end. All team members needed to complete your project (designers, architects and production crews) are under one roof to provide time and monetary efficiencies, quality control, and seamless communication throughout.
Do you want to stay in your home, but you need more room? Mosby helps you explore all options for gaining extra space in your St. Louis, Missouri home. Our certified designers and registered, in-house architects create additions to meet your needs, plus our skilled craftsmen build them to last a lifetime.
Learn more about adding a home addition here.
Interior Home Remodeling
Whether you are considering a kitchen remodel, a bathroom makeover, or a lower level renovation, understanding the return on investment is important. Homeowners often ask us if a project makes financial sense, or if it will increase the resale value of their home. Collaborate with a team of architects, designers and craftsmen you can trust when choosing Mosby Building Arts.
Learn more about interior home remodeling here.
Home Remodeling Peace of Mind
There’s no need to deal with multiple companies, or the frustration of the left hand unaware of what the right hand is doing. Mosby takes the guesswork out of home remodeling by planning the work and working the plan. You will know the scope of work and price before the first hammer swings. And the work will be done with a commitment to excellence and your happiness. All of Mosby’s remodeling work is backed by our 10-year workmanship warranty.
You can trust you’re in good hands with Mosby:
- 10-Year Workmanship Warranty
- 70+ Years Experience