How to Bring More Sunlight into Your Home

By
Home Stager with Diva by Design™

There should always be sunlight in your home. The rooms that you use the most should be filled with light and get the most filtered sun. Glaring afternoon sun is too strong so tone down the spotlight and lower the blinds or use sheers on your windows.

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We couldn't live without the Sun. It provides warmth, energy for plant growth and gravity. Without the Sun, the Earth wouldn't even exist. Too little sunlight and the atmosphere inside your home will be damp. Mold and mildew will grow out of control and ruin your fabrics and cause health problems. The energy in your home will stagnate and make you feel tired all the time.

Too much sunlight will cause headaches, bad tempers and other problems.The energy in your home can become tired and faded just like your furniture. Besides using blinds and sheers to filter the light you can hang a lead crystal ball in the window. This will perk up the energy and transform any excess light into a rainbow. A rainbow symbolizes a vow, or a promise kept.image source

For all of history, man has lived with the sun. Now we spend most of our lives indoors where our ancestors were outdoors more. They developed a dependence on sunshine for health and life. Sunlight helps the skin produce vitamin D to build bones, stop inflammation, build up the immune system, and protect against cancer (including skin cancer).

Natural light brings out the beauty of color in fabrics and furniture. When you have a sunny room people use it more and feel happier when they are in it. There are many ways to draw more natural light into your home.

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These are just a few:

  • Use mirrors - they double the amount of light in a room by reflection and make a space feel larger. Instead of just hanging a mirror on the wall, try lining the back of bookshelves with mirrors or find furniture with a shiny finish like glass, chrome and, of course, mirror.
  • Use fewer dark furniture pieces or save the darker colors for the smaller pieces in the room.
  • Add windows or skylights. There are many relatively inexpensive ways to add skylights on the market today. You don't have to cut a huge hole in your roof to install them.
  • Hang your curtains so that they can be opened fully during the day. As stated before, use sheers to filter the light.

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Remember balance. Not too much and not too little!

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Your story begins at home. Each room is another page that tells who you are. What does your home say about you? Let's get together and write the definitive guide to you at christina@mydivabydesign.com, or (956) 320-1246. You can also find me at www.sassydecoratingsecrets.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Comments (2)

Kim Frasier
Best View Imaging - Millbury, MA
Showcase Your Listing with its Best View

Fantastic ideas...i particularly like the idea of using sheers to take advantage of all the light without being blinded by it.  Thanks for sharing

Nov 10, 2011 10:31 AM
Christina Rodriguez
Diva by Design™ - Harlingen, TX

Hi Kim! Thank you. Down here in South Texas we need all the relief from the sun we can get!

Nov 10, 2011 10:47 AM