Go­ing with the glow

Nat­u­ral light can easily af­fect our mood, mak­ing us feel hap­pier and ac­tive, so en­cour­age as much as pos­si­ble to flow into your house

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Large fur­ni­ture can block Light and throw shad­ows, so keep Larger pieces away from windows or other nat­u­ral Light chan­nels

It only takes a few clever changes to max­imise the nat­u­ral light you al­ready have. If you have lovely windows that over­look a gar­den or some trees, it’s easy to forget that, as plants grow, they will prob­a­bly start to over­shadow your nat­u­ral light stream. Look into trim­ming back that hedge or thin­ning out tree branches.

Fo­liage aside, low ceil­ings, deep eaves, small windows and the di­rec­tion your home faces can all have an im­pact on how much nat­u­ral il­lu­mi­na­tion your house ben­e­fits from. but there are al­ways ways to work with what you have…

Tricks of the light

re­flec­tive sur­faces work won­ders in­doors, and mir­rors are key for bring­ing nat­u­ral light into a room. Place a large mir­ror ad­ja­cent to the win­dow to mimic the il­lu­sion of a sec­ond win­dow – this will give the ap­pear­ance of a big­ger room. hang­ing mir­rors on the op­po­site and per­pen­dic­u­lar walls will re­flect and bounce more light into the room, too.

a pale colour scheme is also help­ful, but if you al­ready have a dark in­te­rior, pop some light-coloured ac­ces­sories in to help add a few high­lights. a neu­tral-coloured rug on a dark floor will open up the room and a white-painted ceil­ing will help to cre­ate a feel­ing of space.

Alang ta­ble lamp, £35; Hek­tar wall lights, 13 each, both Ikea

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