Natural Light and Wellness
Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
Health and wellness are a high priority for many today especially in the home which is why interior designers are placing a great emphasis in the renovation or remodel plans for the home. Natural light brings a wealth of benefits for your family and also gives the home a beautiful warmth. We want to share some reasons why you should consider designing with light and give some tips on how to do it.
Bringing the outdoors in
It is safe to say that we spend more time indoors than out since most of us work indoors and get home after dark. This means we can suffer from a lack of vitamin D, something essential to the well being of everyone in the family. By allowing more natural light into the home you can bring a little sunshine in as well which means you need to focus on the areas where you spend the most time such as the office or kitchen. Light is an important element in the design so be sure to talk with your designer about how to bring more into your favorite home spaces. See a mountain retreat that utilized natural light.
Beat the Winter Blues
While winter is a beautiful season it is no secret that it also comes with shorter daylight hours. Lack of sunlight is known to heighten the chance of depression so it is important to make sure there are plenty of areas in the home that have natural light. Consider having a sunroom, or multiple windows in the kitchen or living room. Nothing chases away the blues than a bright spot in the home.
Natural light increases productivity
For those who work from home it can be difficult to stay motivated especially if your home office has no windows or is poorly lit. It can feel like you are trying to operate under a fog. Allowing natural light into a workspace increases your ability to focus and helps you become more productive. This is also important to remember with children who have homework, by the end of the day they are feeling tired from all that’s gone on so it’s helpful if they can have a place to do their assignments making sure they stay on track.
Natural light Design tips
It’s important for the wellness of your family that you incorporate natural light into the design of your home. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
- Mirrors: sometimes a room only has one window and it is not feasible or practical to add any more. Mirrors are a great way to maximize the light you have. Consider placing one where the sunlight can bounce off into other areas of the room.
- Window treatments: we will agree that a well done window treatment can add class and elegance to a room but sometimes they can also hinder the amount of light that comes in. If you want to allow more light into the room choose lighter fabrics or even a simple valance. They can still give the desired effect while letting enough light into the area.
- Color: bold or dark hues and shades can hinder the natural light from doing it’s best since dark colors absorb light. We understand that white rooms are not everyone’s style but a light palette such as gray, pastels, and even eggshell white still offer color without blocking the natural light.
If natural light is an important factor for you, be sure to discuss it with your designer so you can evaluate your space and make plans to utilize it to the fullest for the wellness of your family. Here are a few other reasons natural light is good for your family’s well being.
Natural light and wellness
Your family’s well being is the most important thing, something we understand since we have families of our own. Come visit our showroom, take a tour of the different displays and materials we have available to you. You can also schedule an appointment to sit down with our designers and talk about what your goals are for the remodel. We look forward to serving you and your family and helping you have peace of mind over their well being through our experience with design.
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