Easy Weekend Task: Looking at Your Home's Natural Light

Easy Weekend Task: Looking at Your Home's Natural Light

Adrienne Breaux
Aug 31, 2014
(Image credit: Lindsey Kay Averill)

It's something we're always talking about having more of. It's the sort of thing we seek out when looking to rent or buy a home. It warms our rooms, brightens our spaces and uplifts many of our days. Have you ever watched the natural light as it filtered throughout your home during the day? If you have plans to stay inside your home this weekend to relax, you might consider observing your home's progression of natural light for a number of reasons.

Paying attention to the natural light in your space, particular the strong, streaming in sunlight, is a practical thing: The sun can be harsh to certain fabrics, leather and wood. It can dry out and fade leather, fade some fabrics and can cause some wood species to darken (leaving marks if you place accessories on top). Taking a day to watch the natural light in your space could let you know which drapes to be sure are drawn when you leave for work during the day to protect furniture or which furniture pieces you should move frequently to avoid uneven fading (or if you need something heavy duty to keep UV rays out).

In a bigger picture sort of way, paying close attention to how much natural light certain rooms get could spark the desire to rearrange room uses. Especially if the natural light changes are very subtle, you may not have noticed that certain rooms get slightly more light at certain times of the day. It could inspire rearranging based on how you use your space (or how you want to use the space). You could switch out a bedroom and a home office, for instance, based on when light comes into your rooms. Particularly during certain times of the year, it might be smart to create temporary seating arrangements to take best use of any pools of light.

Of course, just one day of observations won't give you all the information you need — the light obviously changes throughout the year. And yes, knowing which direction your home faces will give you a strong indicator of where and when light will come through windows. But trees, other buildings and more can all affect the amount of light that comes in, and taking a weekend day to observe your home's natural light is a great way to notice things around your house, stay mindful and really live in the present.

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