Making the Most of Natural Light

Making the Most of Natural Light

Kristin Hohenadel
Jul 23, 2008

"The sun is pure communism everywhere except in cities, where it's private property," said Malcolm De Chazal, a Mauritian writer and painter who died in 1981...

We spend a lot of energy figuring out how to properly light our apartments to make them comfortable and inviting. But during daylight hours, making use of natural light is good for your mood and your electricity bill. The light may fall differently at various times of year, and obviously varies according to the climate and the weather where you live.

Here in the so-called City of Light, it stays light so late in Paris in the summer that on a nice day we don't turn on our lights at all. The rest of the year, we like to make the most of natural light by keeping curtains off windows that aren't exposed to neighboring eyes. Positioning mirrors to reflect and increase natural light. Leaving walls uncluttered so that the light can flood it with unexpected shadows.

What are your tricks for making the most of natural light?

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com

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