For the many people around the world who live in cramped apartments or in places that don’t face the sun, an increase in natural light sounds like a godsend. Natural light has all kinds of positive effects on a space and on the people in it: it can boost your mood and your mental health, for example, while it can also give your room a spacious and relaxed look.
However, it can cause problems too. It can cause rooms to heat up quickly during sunny weather, for example, while it can also cause them to feel too bright if you’re looking for a cozy aesthetic. By making strategic interior design choices, you can make the most of the best bits while tackling the not-so-good bits of naturally light space.
Consider Some Shutters
The first thing to do when decorating a light-filled room is to think about the window. Blinds and curtains are the obvious choices here, but they come with their drawbacks. Curtains are heavy, for example, and they offer an all-or-nothing approach to heat and light control. While blinds offer a little more control, they are well known for being a little too flimsy – and almost every homeowner has a story of blinds falling down or becoming easily damaged.
Instead, choosing tier on tier shutters is a wise move. They offer the same sort of flexibility over your window as blinds do, but they also have that elegance and modern feel – and won’t make your room feel old-fashioned as a curtain might do. They also add to the relaxed, Mediterranean vibe that many natural light-filled rooms have, and that complements the light wall colors and patio doors that often go hand in hand here.
Think About Wall Colors
The level of natural light in a room is an important consideration to make when thinking about wall colors. Generally, rooms that benefit from a large amount of natural light will also benefit from light-colored walls, such as cream or white. This is because white walls encourage the natural light in a space to bounce around the room and enhance the light that’s already there rather than reduce it. Remember that the type of light inflow matters too. If the light coming in is soft and sun-dappled, then white walls are an even better idea – but if the light is tough, blaring or hard to look at for some reason, then white paint on the walls can actually make this seem a whole lot worse.
If your natural light is flooding in from an outdoor space, meanwhile, then it quickly becomes vital to think about doors as well as windows. If you have some garden space right beside your main indoor living space, then French doors or patio doors are great ways to open it up and enjoy the light. These floor-to-ceiling windows double up as doors, which you can use as entry or exit points. That way, you’ll be able to have a glass-free light flow right into your room on sunny days, and they also reduce the effects of the key natural light drawback of stuffiness because they let in the fresh air.
While natural light is certainly controllable to some extent, it’s also the case that many people who have rooms filled with natural light have had to accept that it won’t always be possible to control it entirely. The sort of cozy atmospheres that are popular in rustic homes may not be possible in light-filled spaces, and it may not be worth your while trying to pursue it. Instead, accepting that natural light will be a fact of life for you in this home, and planning around it, as a result, is wise.
Natural light is in many ways a boon for your home, and it’s a great way to feel the full benefits of a brighter world out of doors. However, it’s also in some ways a difficulty that needs to be overcome: it can cause temperature control issues, while it can also clash with some other décor choices. By investing in shutters, planning your wall color palettes properly, and thinking carefully about doors, you’ll be able to maximize the benefits of living in a natural light-filled environment and enjoy it in your home for years to come.