How to compensate for a lack of natural sunlight

March 11, 2015

Not every home is built the same way. Some simply get more natural light than others. You don't have to move just because your house feels more dark. All you have to do is improvise.

Go for a smoke and mirrors effect
Start with simple fixes to increase the amount of sun your house receives. An old interior design trick to brighten up a space is to add more mirrors to it. If your living room only sees a couple hours of sunlight, place a decorative mirror or two in the room. Don't be afraid to use this technique in the foyer, bedrooms and bathrooms. The mirrors will reflect the light, thus brightening up the parts of the room that are shadowy. 

In addition to mirrors, decorate your home with the purpose of attracting light. Swap out those heavy drapes for a more delicate pair of window treatments. Keep your shades open all the way when it's light out, then shut them once the sun sets. If you find you're still struggling to light up your house, it's time to bring in the big guns - paint and artificial light.

Paint a brighter picture
Although it may seem counterintuitive to paint your already-dark room a darker shade, it's actually effective. Apartment Therapy explained that white walls simply don't glimmer without any sunlight. Darker hues compensate for the lack of sunshine. Swap out your boring white walls for jewel tones. 

Better Homes and Gardens suggested painting a room with little or no windows a "springy green." It's the perfect way to get a glimpse of the great outdoors even if you can't see outside. Plus, green is an easy color when it comes to matching the decor scheme with the walls. You can pair green with other shades of the hue or different colors.

Bring the light to you
Aside from tricking your brain into thinking a room is brighter, you can simply add more light. The Wall Street Journal reported that LED lights are an up-and-coming trend in the health care industry, as they're expected to help physicians stay alert during long shifts and decrease the risk of depression and other health issues.

When compared to incandescent or florescent lights, the WSJ pointed out that LED lights make it easier to adjust to the brightness of a room. Not only does installing LED lights brighten up your room, but it promotes a healthier lifestyle. You can sleep easier and feel happier. 

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