One of the best ways to save on electricity (and money!) is to maximize the natural light in your home. This article can help you find ways to let the sun in—from choosing the right fabric to positioning your furniture. Though you may have to do simple redecorating, the efforts pays off, and not just of how much you spend on electricity bills. Studies show that natural light can lift your mood (and scientists have linked mood to health.)
Double the light with mirrors
Since mirrors reflect light, placing a large mirror right across a window can help maximize the light and reflect it to the darker corners of the room. You can use the same principle by buying furniture or home accents made of reflective surfaces like chrome or glass.
Choose a light color palette
One of the best ways to reflect natural light is to pick blue-gray, taupe and other light colors for your walls an larger pieces of furniture. Save the darker accents for the smaller pieces and accents (like pillows or throws).
Pick light fabrics
Avoid any heavy fabrics that can make the room feel heavier and more ornate. Lighter fabrics like cotton and linen are breezy, and associated with spring and summer.
Get rid of heavy curtains
Heavy curtains can block sound but they also block out light. Pick sheer fabrics and switch to single draperies. This allows most of the light to pass through. If there are times you want to block out the light (such as during high noon) or want more privacy (such as at night) try Venetian blinds, which can be adjusted according to your needs.
Install a skylight
Skylights are great for the rooms that receive the best morning sunlight. They’re excellent for frequently used rooms like bathrooms or kitchens, or for a play area (the kids are most likely to stay there in the morning and afternoons, anyway).
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