Ask any homeowner what they’d like more of in their home and the chances are they’ll say natural light.
Everyone knows how beneficial daylight is to our health and wellbeing so, in this blog, we’re looking at how you can use it to brighten up your home. Read on for the lowdown on our seven favourite home improvements that will help you see your home in a whole new light…
Rooflights are an excellent way of bringing natural light into your home without having to compromise on precious wall space. They can make a stunning focal point too, particularly if you install a run of flat rooflights along a long roof or a cluster of them above glazed doors to create the look of architectural glazing. Aluminium is the go-to material for flat rooflights because its slim sightlines maximise the amount of glazing you can incorporate.
A glazed roof lantern will create an orangery feel in a flat-roofed extension and allow light to pour into a room from all angles. Lantern roofs are favoured by designers and specifiers because they come in an array of styles, they suit any type of property and they cleverly enhance the feeling of space indoors by partially raising the ceiling height. Slimmer-framed aluminium lanterns create a sleek, uncluttered look and allow for plenty of glazing.
3. Glass roof panels
Taller rooms always feel brighter and glass roof panels are a brilliant way to draw the eye up to the views above, whilst also flooding spaces with light. They’re lend themselves well to long, slim corridors and pitched roof extensions by casting light into these notoriously gloomy spaces.
4. Sliding or bi-folding doors
Sliding doors or bi-folding doors can completely transform a room into a bright, welcoming space. When closed, the large glazed panels draw in lots of natural light and when open they help to blend the interior with the exterior. Aluminium is one of the most popular materials for wide-span doors because it’s innately strong yet lightweight and it doesn’t warp or corrode like other materials.
5. Glass rooms
You can add extra living space that really feels like part of your garden with a conservatory, a traditional orangery or a contemporary orangery, like the Skyroom. Conservatories have more glass within the structure and, typically, more than 75% of the roof is glazed, whilst an orangery is more substantial and features a partially solid roof and more brickwork. Whatever you choose, the trick is to opt for the slimmest frames possible to allow for uninterrupted views of your garden.
6. Interior glass
Don’t forget that internal glazing can be really effective too. Using glass for interior walls, doors and even balustrades on staircases is a great way to allow natural light to filter throughout a house. Just make sure you have plenty of glass cleaner to hand if you have little ones with sticky fingers!
7. Sun tunnel
We know that natural light brings interior spaces to life, but what do you do it you have a room that you just can’t fit a rooflight or window into? You need a sun tunnel – a specially designed tube that passes from the roof to the ceiling to channel sunlight straight into the room. It’s an ingenious way of transforming light-starved rooms into healthy spaces without having to resort to artificial light.
Don’t forget to take a look at the REAL Aluminium range of products for more ideas and inspiration on how to create your own light-filled space. And look out for our blog next month where we’ll be talking all about the types of glass available and the benefits of each one.
If you’d like to add extra light into your home and would like to discuss some of the options in this blog, find your nearest REAL retailer here.