Whether you are contemplating selling your home, or just wishing to update your current home, maximizing the amount of light in your home is a great way to brighten your living areas. Here are four ways to increase the light in your home:
First, consider repainting your interior walls in cool, bright colors if they are not currently painted in those shades. The trend in past years was desert shades and darker colors, which while they did the job they were designed to do—accenting walls while being on trend—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, with little money expended.
Second, consider installing solar tunnels. 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, and has a reflective coating in the tunnel itself. A transparent lens sits on top of the roof and focuses daylight down into a lens in the ceiling itself. Tunnel lights can be utilized to their best effect in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and utility rooms—anywhere more natural light is needed.
Third, if your existing windows are older and inefficient, replacing them and possibly adding or enlarging your window space while you are doing to will lighten 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.
Fourth, if your home doesn’t have an open floor plan, an easy way to increase the light in your home is to remove cabinets that block light from a kitchen window to an adjacent room, or vice versa. This is a simple and quick 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.
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.