Every home seems to have that one small space that feels dim or is especially small. You may have a small kitchen dining area or a dingy and dark den where you want to relax and unwind. The best way to make these spaces shine is to incorporate light. Natural light is the best way to bring shine into your home, but a number of other methods can imitate it.
By using a combination of natural and artificial lighting in a room, you can make it feel more alive and make it appear bigger. If you have areas in your home that feel closed in, you need to add the right lighting to get the most out of the space.
If you are renovating an area of your home or are choosing between different types of bay windows, you have the opportunity to add more light to your home. Let’s take a closer look at a few ways to use natural light in your small space.
If you have windows in only one area of your home, like in many apartments, you must take advantage of as much light as possible. There is no doubt that windows that face south will provide you with the most sun exposure, so you should oversize the frames in these areas. Oversized windows are a great way to bring in extra light and make your space feel more airy and comfortable.
When your room is limited in its natural light source availability, the use of reflection can be one of the best methods to harness that natural light source. Adding mirrors and reflective surfaces to your decor will help to lighten up a small or dim space by reflecting light back into the area. A mirror can play a very beneficial role in a room by amplifying the small amount of natural light that is entering the room as well as focusing the light further into the room.
Light Decor Colors
If you have a small room, choosing deep, heavy colors can give the impression that the space is cramped and claustrophobic. A deeper color like forest green, navy blue, or red cranberry absorbs any natural light that the room may receive, as well as any light that may be bounced around. Choosing a color scheme that is neutral in tone and light in color will help your space feel more spacious and, as a result, more open. There are a number of colors that are suitable for small spaces, such as whites, beige, creams, yellows, and grays.
Vastu Shastra Principles
Using Vastu Shastra, also known as the Science of Architecture, is the best way to ensure your home has the right amount of energy and flow. As a result of incorporating natural elements into the architectural flow of a home, a lot of natural light can be harnessed at the design level of the home.
A floor-to-ceiling wall of windows may seem like a good idea, but if your windows are not clean, then you won’t get the amount of light you need in your small spaces. When your windows are dingy, you will only be able to let dim streams of light into your space. Always take the time to keep your glass clean to help you take advantage of the natural light in your smaller spaces.
There is no doubt that our living spaces are getting smaller on a yearly basis as the trend for simpler living expands. To help you keep your space feeling open and cheery, try these tips to help you use natural light to bring out the best in your small space.