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
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