When it’s time to decorate our homes, we all spend time and effort choosing the right lamps and lampshades to cast electric light or a fireplace with wood fuels. But we may well neglect natural light, and overlook the impact it can have on our living space. It also plays a huge role in our mental and physical health. Here are several ways natural light influences the aesthetics of our homes and the quality of our lives.
It improves your mood
The NHS recommends getting as much natural light as possible to help prevent or alleviate the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition in which people become depressed during the darker, winter months, and can have a big negative impact on mental health and well-being. Talking therapy and medical interventions can help, but natural light can also have a significant effect on lessening its symptoms.
It keeps our body clock ticking properly
As the Huffington Post points out, natural light helps to regulate our body clock. This makes sure we get enough sleep, at the right time, and wake up refreshed and ready to face the day. It also helps to regulate hormones that have a big impact on mood. Plenty of natural light during the day is important for a restful sleep at night.
It’s key in getting enough vitamin D
Vitamin D is vital to our health. It keeps our immune system ticking over, and also regulates calcium in the body, ensuring our bones and teeth stay healthy. Too little Vitamin D can result in bone conditions such as rickets. As the NHS points out, during the summer months, we get most of the Vitamin D we need from sunlight. So it’s important to soak up a good amount of sun (while taking precautions to protect our skin against UV damage).
It makes our décor shine
While artificial light can sometimes make colours and textures seem flat and edges appear hard, the warmth of natural light can add lustre and softness to interior design schemes. Large doors and windows in kitchens and living rooms can make furnishings look beautiful as the sun comes up, or sets, and can make the most of vivid colours.
One way of getting natural light is, of course, to spend time outside. But for some of us, this isn’t always possible. If you’re confined to your house, work from home, or spend limited time outside, it’s worth investing in large doors and windows. Choose doors and windows that maximise light access. If you have a yard, patio doors such as bi-fold doors can be ideal, as they are large, and contain expanses of glass that can fill a whole room with light. We can recommend the doors manufactured by Bifold Shop, as they are secure, attractive, and made from top-quality materials. The crystal clear glass, as well as welcoming in lots of natural light, is toughened for extra security.