One of the reasons why we picked our own small rental apartment is the morning sunlight that floods through our floor-to-ceiling windows. The natural light gives us daily energy, encourages up to take on the day and warms up our small space so we don't have to foot the bill. These 5 tips can help you make the most of the positive power of sunlight.
Install blinds. This is an easy and very economical way to maximize natural light in your home. Blinds allow you to control the amount of light that comes indoors. Although not the most popular as far as style, blinds now come in nice textures and materials.
Use sheer curtains instead of heavy draperies. Sheers will allow light through even when closed.
Install skylights if you are a homeowner. When choosing a location for installation, try to pick the side of your house that receives the most daytime sunlight and rooms that are used the most.
Remove obstacles from the outsides of windows. Trim overgrown hedges or shrubs. Cut back tree branches that are blocking the glass. Move patio furniture that might be in the way.
Keep windows clean. It's easy to forget to clean your windows and sometimes a simple cleaning can improve a window's transparency by ten to twenty percent. This can make significant difference in the amount of natural light that will be able to get through.
[Tips by Jenny Schweyer]
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