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Benefits of Increasing the Natural Light in Your Home

Young woman sitting in front of an open window holding a cup of coffee, with natural light streaming in.

The amount of natural light that enters your home daily can have a direct impact on your productivity, mood, even your energy cost. Studies have shown that increasing natural light also helps improve productivity, lightens your mood, and creates a stronger connection to your environment. However, even with all these benefits, increasing the amount of natural light in your home may not be easy. Depending on the layout of your home, you may have to come up with some creative ways to bring in more natural light.

With this in mind here are some ways you can increase the amount of natural light in your home without initiating a complete renovation:

Install Mirrors Opposite Windows

One of the secrets many interior designers and decorators use to increase the amount of natural light in a room is installing an oversized mirror or a group of mirrored tiles on the wall opposite a large window. Mirrors reflect the natural light that’s already coming into the room through your windows. The light bounces around and makes the entire room appear brighter. There are many different kinds of mirrors, all of which will serve as a beautiful addition to any room.

Interior Glass Doors

Some rooms may feel dark and closed off to natural light because they have a door that blocks the light coming in from a large window or other natural light source. To allow the light to flow throughout your home, consider installing interior glass doors in a few of your main living areas. Whether you choose glass French doors or sliding doors, they’ll let the light travel freely throughout your home, making it feel brighter and more spacious.

Glass Stair Railing

Glass stair railings have become very popular. One of the reasons they’re so popular is that they open dark stairways and allow light to travel into areas of your home that are usually restricted or feel small and confined. If you’re concerned about the safety of a glass stair railing remember that glass stair railings are made from strong, tempered glass. When properly installed, the tempered glass is four times stronger than typical glass and won’t shatter into dangerously sharp glass shards (tempered glass shatters into small pieces). Glass stair railings are safer for children and pets, since there’s no slats or bars they can fall through or get stuck in. There are many different kinds of glass stair railings, so it’s easy to find one that fits your décor and lifestyle.

Glass Walls

Another popular trend is the installation of glass walls. This glass comes in a variety of shapes and styles and provides a light, open concept feel throughout your home while still keeping a feeling of separation between rooms. Most glass walls are custom designed and can feature exciting patterns and textures. They can be installed anywhere you desire, in kitchens or bathrooms, as well as home offices or living areas. Best of all, glass walls can be made from frosted glass for privacy, so rooms feel less exposed without losing their brightness.

Custom Glass Shelving

Thanks to light transmission and reflection, installing custom glass shelving will enhance the natural light throughout your home, brightening up areas that might otherwise appear dark and dull. Shelves can be customized by size, style, edge, and glass type so that your glass shelves act as a design feature within any room. If you’re working out of your home, custom glass shelving is the perfect organizational and design solution for your workspace. No matter where you put them, glass shelves are gorgeous to look at and easy to maintain.

Custom Glass Tabletops

Custom glass tabletops are another way to reflect light in your home. Although they serve multiple functions, like a place to rest beverages and remote controls, they can also accent your home décor. Utilizing glass end tables and/or a glass coffee table can help make a room appear bigger. Remember, the more spacious your home feels, the brighter it feels.

Window Replacement

Replacing a smaller window with a larger one is another way to increase the amount of natural light in your home. You might be surprised by the big difference a window replacement can make when it comes to increasing natural light. And with a variety of different styles and sizes to choose from, you should be able to find a window replacement that fits in well with your décor.

Pro Tips and Guidance

It’s easy to see how increasing natural can be beneficial, but what’s not easy is figuring out the best option for you. If you need help, your local glass specialist can help. At Glass Doctor, we can provide you with advice on custom mirror and installation options, window replacements, and glass stair rails that are specifically customized for your home. Our professional installers will make sure everything is completed to your satisfaction—to make your home bright and beautiful. To learn more about the products we offer, call 855-603-1919 or schedule an appointment online today!