Installing Glass Doors
While large, opaque doors can make an impressive entrance, it also will darken one of the smallest areas in your home. Installing glass doors instantly brightens even the darkest spaces. And when you combine glass doors with windows and window walls, you add natural light to your home.
Of course, sometimes the simplest way to brighten up a space is to play with light by adding mirrors. Large or small, when sunlight hits them it can provide as much light as adding another window. In smaller, interior rooms, it can be the perfect solution to help increase the perception of space.
Playing With Color
Have you ever painted a room a particular color only to regret it from the moment you step back and take a look? That’s because the way we “see” color changes depending on where it is. How we interpret color depends on:
● Absorption; while black absorbs all color, white absorbs none.
● How the light source works. Natural light changes throughout the day, artificial light changes depending on the bulb (“lamp”) used.
● How the sun filters into your room.
● North – north-facing rooms have little natural light. The light often is cool and bluish. That means bolder colors will give your room more impact. Lighter colors will create a more subdued appearance.
● South – a south-facing room has the most amount of sunlight. Light colors will glow, while darker colors can stand out, even brighten as natural light dances across the floor.
● East – an east-facing room will have warmth in the morning and coolness in the evening. Sticking to a brighter color palette with oranges and reds will brighten your room.
● West – evening sunlight warms a west-facing room, while strong shadows can dull the color. West afternoon light also demands control and respect; western light (and heat) is intense, fading color and materials.
In many cases, evaluating the time you’ll spend in each room and selecting the right color to bring out a room’s natural qualities is important.