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How to Maximize Natural Light in Your Home

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Ideas from our home design experts to increase daylight in your home

 

We can’t overlook the benefits of natural light into our home. Apart from just improving your mood & immune system, it also helps you save a great deal of money on your electricity bill. Well, its benefits don’t end here only – yes, natural light in the house also allows you to best bring out the exquisiteness of your fabrics as well as furniture. In today’s blog post, MyGhosla has brought you some easy and interesting tips from our In-house architect’s that you may consider to make the most of the natural light in your home. So, let’s take a quick look:

For Exiting Homes

Water Elements

The most effective, tangible and understandable element in architecture is water, it reaches its maximum positive impact when in motion. Fountains, pools or swimming pool features when used as an element not only help in cooling the air naturally before passing into interiors but also gives life sensations and their relaxing sound relieves tension.

Open the Windows Frequently

This may seem like a no-brainer, but many people rarely open windows in their homes for reasons ranging from noise, to dust and safety concerns. Here are some solutions you may adopt for increased cross ventilation and improve the air quality inside:

Use Grills, Jali’s and Mesh

The use of grills and jali’s not only enhances the elevation outlook but also helps in improving the air flow into the home, leaving you refreshed all day long. The features are safety friendly and protective as they give partial vision to the internal areas on opening the windows.

Plant Trees

Right tree in right direction makes all the difference!

Deciduous tree to be planted in East & South for solar shading in summers & natural light, solar heating of the house in winter eg: Oak, Mahogany

Evergreen tree to be planted on the north and West sides of the house to provide shade in the hot summer and serve as a wind break in the cold winter eg: Neem, Ashoka, Palm

For New Homes

The Layout Plan

The layout plan of the home should be in such a way that it should direct the right amount of sun light into the house providing just enough amount of heat to keep the house warm during winter’s and at the same time not being too hot during the summer’s. Different design layouts for the building would provide different methods of keeping the house cool and fresh. This is by applying different ventilation techniques purely depending on the design sensibility for the house.

Window Orientation

The windows in the layout of the home must be arranged in such a way that the  right amount of sun light enters into the house  in the different areas of the house.

Vastu Tip for home-

Windows should be placed on the north and south areas for optimum cross-ventilation, unless it hinders aesthetic views. This encourages natural breeze and draws in good air flow into interiors, especially during the summer months.

Transitional Spaces

Incorporate the following in your home plan to increase the air flow.

-Double Height Atriums

-Courtyards

-Balconies

-Patios

For Interior Design

Chew Over Using Mirrors

Indeed, mirrors tend to imitate, instead of absorbing the light. So, it is a good idea to hang an outsized mirror on a wall opposite side of a window, as it’ll double the light coming in. In addition to this, you can also think about using the same mirrors on the rear of bookshelves, or fix a few of them on one wall.

Fix on the Ideal Color Palette

Did you know that colors can either soak up or imitate light? Yes, that is true and if we talk about the lighter shades, these act like a mirror and spread light all over the room. Moreover, you must keep the ceiling in mind, try to paint it several shades lighter than the walls and then see the magic, your living area will not just look lighter but also brighter.

Consider Adding Skylights

There is no question in that installing skylights is a little expensive home improvement, but they promise to significantly trim down the electricity costs ultimately. Think about fixing them in rooms that you use frequently, including bathrooms, and in places that get the most daylight.

Choose Lighter Fabric

Believe it or no but heavy fabrics such as velvets & brocades can weigh your living area down. On the other hand, lighter fabrics like linen & cotton have ability to lighten up a space.

 

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