When you buy a new home, you consider all of the factors that make it appealing to you and your family. Things like square footage, the neighborhood, and proximity to schools and shopping can all play a part in your decision, with one or two perhaps outweighing the others. You may love the floorplan, but when you look at the windows, you notice that there is little to no natural light. Maybe there are trees close to the house that are shading the windows, or perhaps the eaves hang over quite far, blocking most of the sunlight.
At The House of Lights & Home Accents in Melbourne, we can help you find the perfect lighting solutions to brighten your home. Whether you’ve just moved in, or you’ve lived in the house for several years, we can provide fixture options that balance the lack of natural light and make your home more inviting.
Wall Lights Near the Windows
You’re used to light coming in the windows, but if the sunlight is blocked or shaded, then putting wall lights near the windows can be the next best thing. Sconces and lamps can provide illumination around the perimeter of the room, and with the right bulbs, you can mimic the sunlight that the room so desperately needs.
Add Indirect Lighting
While the ambient fixture on the ceiling provides direct light for the living room, it can be beneficial to add indirect or hidden lighting throughout the room. If the room has exposed beams or a vaulted ceiling, then consider putting in recessed lights that create a warm glow that is reminiscent of sunlight. The fixtures can be hidden behind the beams, or they can be visible on the ceiling, but their indirect illumination will enhance the room’s appeal and greatly improve its ambiance.
You’ll also want to make sure that every level of the room is illuminated. While your ceiling lights are important, so are your table lamps, floor lamps, and other mid- to lower-level lighting. If only the upper parts of the room have light, but the seating areas are lacking, then a room can come off feeling dark and uninviting.
Glass Doors, Mirrors, and Window Treatments
If you don’t want to go the work of adding windows or skylights to increase the amount of natural light in your home, then there are still ways to open up and brighten a space. Removing those big, bulky doors and replacing them with French doors will let more light find its way through the house. Placing mirrors at certain points on the wall will help bounce the light around a room, helping it feel bigger and less dark. If you have dark-colored curtains on your windows, then consider swapping them out for lighter options that let more sunlight filter through, even when they’re closed. This is usually a good option for your living room or family room, but not the bedroom, where you want to keep the sun out, especially when it rises at 5:30 a.m. in the summer.
If your home is lacking in natural light, and you’re looking for ways to brighten it up, then come to The House of Lights & Home Accents today. We’re proud to serve Melbourne and the surrounding area, and our staff can recommend the best options for your ceilings, walls, and much more.
Our showroom is open Monday through Saturday, and you can even take a virtual tour of our store before you visit. You may see a fixture that you absolutely love, and we’ll make sure that you find it easily when you’re here.