1. The first step to maximizing daylight is to Free up your windows by clearing them of any obstruction. Many homes have heavy drapes and security bars that actually prevent the maximum amount of light from getting through. Similarly, poorly cleaned windows exacerbate the situation because dirt and grim buildup does not allow sunlight to filter through.
  1. Integrate your home with your yard. Sometimes the amount of natural light a home receives is just as much about perception as it is about reality. If the doors onto your balcony are kept open (although not in this cold weather) then it will feel and seem as though sunlight is allowed to stream into your home.
  2. Believe it or not, repainting your interior and/or exterior walls can also help maximize on natural daylight. Dark wall colours absorb light while using brighter colours on your walls helps reflect light. On this note, painting your walls white (or a version of white) is a great way to get more use out of the natural daylight that washes over your home.
  3. Using reflective flooring materials is the fourth step. The best options include white floor tiles and well-shined hardwood flooring in lighter hues. Again, dark wood or dark carpets should generally be avoided if you want to maximize on natural daylight and create brighter interior spaces.
  4. Pruning trees and foliage. If you have large trees or shrubbery around your home, you probably appreciate the beauty they provide and have no desire to cut them down. But these same plants may be the cause of your dark, damp living spaces. Instead of cutting down the entire tree or bush, consider strategic pruning by trimming back a few branches which will allow sunlight to stream through your house.
  5. Use more glass. Consider tearing down some of your interior walls currently composed of wood, brick, or plaster and replacing them with glass so that sunlight can flow from one room to the other. Replacing a full wall can be an expensive undertaking – a less expensive option would be to replace interior wooden doors with glass ones. The beauty of using glass is its transparent and reflective qualities.
  6. Install a skylight. It is obvious – skylights allow more natural light into a space but for some reason we very rarely think of installing skylights in rooms that, by design, don’t get much sun. Candidates include bathrooms, walk-in closets, and hallway corridors.
  7. Enlarge your windows. Again, this strategy could be fairly expensive but bigger windows will quickly translate into more sunlight in your home.
  8. Raising the ceilings. Large rooms help trap and reflect natural light. Towards that end, knocking down your ceilings, eliminating your attic, and creating more height in a room can help rooms feel airier and brighter.
  9. Put up more mirrors. The final step has to do with simple mirrors. Yes, you heard me right … mirrors help reflect light around a room. While mirrors will surely bounce any sunlight from one wall to the next, make sure not to position them in a way that will direct the reflection straight into a person’s eye.
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