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How to design natural lighting

When working on a new design project, I always look for ways to encourage the natural light in the home or office. It is proven that natural light can change the way we view our living spaces, our work, and our outlook. My motto: More is More!

When working on a new design project, I always look for ways to encourage the natural light in the home or office. It is proven that natural light can change the way we view our living spaces, our work, and our outlook. My motto: More is More!Options are very helpful with natural lighting. For example, a master bedroom should have the option of morning sunlight, privacy with light, and darkness. The way I offer all of these options to a client is with window treatments. Option one: morning sunlight is achieved with open drapes and sheers. Option two: privacy with light is achieved with open drapes and closed sheers allowing light in while maintaining privacy with fullness of fabric. I normally create my sheers for privacy to be have 3X fullness. Option three: darkness for sleeping and complete privacy is achieved with closed sheers and closed overdrapes. The overdrapes I create for bedrooms include interlining and lining to ensure blackout capability for a good night’s sleep!If you don’t have an option to add windows or french doors, you can create additional light by using higher LRV (light reflective value) paints. Dunn-Edwards and Benjamin Moore have a fantastic selection of high LRV paints. I recommend using light colors in neutral tones mixed with deep, rich contrasting colors for accent walls.

Good interior lighting is always a substitute for natural lighting especially in the evening. Art lighting can be used as additional wall lighting. Floor and table lamps create ambiant light that makes a room feel warm. Chandeliers and pendants help to emphasize special spaces such as entryways or dining rooms.

Make the most of the space your are in! Remember, a good designer will always be able to assist you with creating a wonderfulScience Articles, light filled space.

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Sara Arndt Interior Design in Los Angeles and Orange County has been provding design services and advice for over 16 years. See her interior design tips and tricks blog for more design tips to make your home your dream house.



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