Feel Good Home: 9 Ways to Bring the Sunshine Inside
Harness the healing power of the sun with these design ideas to bring some golden rays into your home
Maximise the amount of sunshine streaming into your rooms by extending your windows up and over, as in this clever kitchen design. The island has been positioned to make the most of every last drop of sunshine, with bar stools lined up for maximum enjoyment of the spectacular view.
Make everyday chores more manageable by positioning your kitchen sink in front of a window and letting the warm rays wash over you while you scrub the pots and pans. Agatha Christie supposedly thought up some of her best plots while doing the washing-up, so turn this task from a daily chore into a moment of reflection and let your mind wander.
Brushing your teeth in a warm wash of sunlight has to be better than bathing under harsh electric lights. You can illuminate a dark, windowless room with a wash of sunlight by installing a light tube, or sun pipe, in the ceiling for a simple but effective way of bringing the sunshine down into a gloomy space.
Watch the way the sunshine moves around your home and position your furniture to make the most of every last drop. The owners of this home have clearly found the perfect spot for a morning cup of tea.
If flinging open a window results in traffic fumes and city noise, invite the sunshine into your home with louvred shutters instead. Bright white shutters will block the noise and view while still allowing in warm slivers of light. A bright white and warm yellow room scheme makes the most of every ray.
This basement could be dark and dingy, but the whitewashed walls outside cleverly bounce the sunshine into the room through the glazed doors, while double skylights bring even more light into the space.
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Mirror balls are a bit of a style throwback, but, when it comes to bouncing light around a room, they really do work. Create a fun atmosphere in a kid’s space or living room by placing a mirrored ball in front of a window and watch the refracted sunlight dance around the walls.
Glazing an entire wall is the most obvious way to allow the sunlight to flood in. This garden room provides a wonderful place in which to work or relax, and the desk has been positioned to catch every last ray of dappled sunshine.
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