Windows, curtains and blinds
On sunny days, open curtains and blinds to let in as much light as possible.
Replacing heavy curtains with a lighter or see-through material helps to let in more light during the day and keeps in the heat at night.
Aluminium or wooden venetian blinds and vertical blinds come in a range of colours and let you control the amount of light that comes in. By angling the blinds, you direct the sunlight to where you want it.
And if you’re building or renovating, make sure that you design your windows to be taller rather than wider, which lets in more light.
Use mirrors to reflect natural light and open up small spaces like hallways. Placing a mirror opposite a window that gets good light will make a room sunnier.
As well as hanging mirrors on the wall, you can put them on your wardrobe door or on a desk behind flowers to create the feeling of more space.
Try placing mirrors in multiple rooms around your home to find out what reflects the most natural light before permanently installing them.
Replacing a solid front door with one that has stained, clear or frosted glass will make your entry brighter and more inviting.
Changing a solid interior door for one with window panels will also let more light in.
There’s a range of doors with stained glass, clear and frosted panels that can work for you depending on your budget, security requirements and tastes.