An adequate amount of natural light within a home is necessary to enhance its ambiance. How much natural light a home receives also impacts the moods of its inhabitants. On average, Maryland experiences about 202 sunny days a year, and you should take advantage of that. Harsh and distracting artificial lights aren’t synonymous with modern homes. Therefore, we encourage you to read these tips on enhancing the natural light in your new custom home.
Design Your Floor Plan to Allow Natural Light to Appear in Frequented Areas
Frequented or communal areas in the home include the kitchen, living room, and dining room. Therefore, you want to ensure they receive a healthy dose of sunlight. You’ll always want to think about areas that don’t have a lot of traffic or require much light, such as the garage or laundry room. Here is a simple guide on how to orient your home toward the sun:
- South-facing rooms maximize natural light in the winter.
- North-facing environments distribute even sunlight.
- East-facing areas receive maximum morning sun. If you locate the dining or living room on an east-facing wall, you can make the most of the morning sunlight. In addition, bedrooms with east-facing windows benefit early risers. However, people who work later schedules would probably reconsider this layout.
- West-facing spaces collect early evening light and aren’t ideal for entertainment centers with TVs.
Use the Proper Shading
Overhangs help during all seasons. However, there are other ways to control the amount of natural light. Trees, exterior walls, and fences minimize unwanted sunlight. Also, porches, trellises, coverings, and window coverings provide some relief. These additions come in stylish selections. Therefore, you never have to sacrifice style for shade. Sunlight is wondrous. However, too much of it can be stifling.
Utilize Light Interiors
An overlooked way to let the light in is by “lightening” your interior choices. Light-colored shelves and other interior elements make a difference. Pale or neutral colors enable maximum reflection and brighten each room. This strategy, coupled with an all-white palette for your living space, modernizes your home. White interiors, large windows, natural light, and an open layout will ensure that your new custom home is modern.
Finally, the simplest way to maximize sunlight in your home is to express your needs to one of our custom home builders. Our mission is to provide top-quality craftsmanship and excellent customer service because you deserve the home of your dreams.
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