Increasing the amount of light, both natural and artificial, in your home is a great way to brighten your living areas. Whether you are contemplating selling your home, or just wishing to update your current home, here are four ways to boost the light in your home:
First, examine your windows. If your home’s windows are older and inefficient, replacing them and possibly adding or enlarging your window space while you are doing so, will brighten up your living spaces instantly. Making sure your windows are dual-pane will help to keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in the summer months. Energy efficient windows are an update that will attract potential buyers as well.
Second, painting your interior walls in cool, bright colors is an inexpensive and easy way to brighten up the rooms in your home. The trend in past years was desert shades and darker colors, and these colors aren’t necessarily the best choice to reflect light and brighten your spaces. An off-white or light gray shade can instantly lighten your home.
Third, if your home doesn’t currently have an open floor plan, an easy way to increase the light in your home is to remove cabinets that block light that streams in from a kitchen window to an adjacent room. This is a relatively simple option that will not only increase the value of your home due to the resulting open floor plan feel, but will also increase the natural light throughout this area of your home.
Fourth, the installation of solar tunnels is a popular home improvement which results in light-filled rooms. Solar tunnel lights, or tubular lights, are an economical option (ranging from $500-$700 each) that can be installed in an average, non-concrete tile roof in a matter of a few hours. This light, which is just a shaft from the roof into the drywall ceiling of your home, has a reflective coating in the tunnel itself. A transparent lens sits on top of the roof and focuses daylight down into a lens into the room’s ceiling. Tunnel lights can be utilized to their best effect in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and utility rooms—anywhere more natural light is needed.
Whether you choose one method or a few of these methods, going light and bright is a win-win proposition for updating your home, or getting it ready for sale to maximize your resale value. I look forward to visiting your home to give you more ideas on how to accomplish this goal.