Is it just me, or is January dragging? We are in the cold dark center of winter. Christmas seems like an eternity ago, and spring is still more than a month away. I know lots of people start to feel down this time of year, and I can understand why. Part of that depressed feeling comes from a lack of natural light. When the days are short, and the sun is low, we crave some vitamin D like mad. In mid-winter, sunny days can give a real boost. If you want more sunshine in your life, but you don’t want to stand outside in the freezing cold to get it, you might think about ways to get that natural light inside. Here are three ways to maximize that pale winter sun and give your house a burst of cheer.
Image from Houzz
1. Clean the Windows!
One way to make sure you’re getting every drop of that beautiful sunlight is to give your windows a good washing. Even if you just focus on the insides, you’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes. Use a lint free cloth or paper towel and your favorite glass cleaner, or use this recipe for a great homemade substitute. Do your final wipe with newspapers for the sparkliest finish, and let all that natural light in!
2. Clear the Space
Heavy window treatments and furniture block the light. If you have heavier winter drapes to block drafts, consider hanging your curtain rods several inches wider than your windows, so you can pull them completely away from the window when the sun is shining. Rearranging furniture can also take advantage of the most natural light. Reorient your large pieces around the windows, and make sure you aren’t placing any large pieced directly in front of any light sources.
3. Strategically Placed Mirrors
Placing a mirror where it will reflect the natural light coming in through your windows will maximize its effect. Mirrors help bounce the light around, brightening up the entire room. The larger the mirror, the better in terms of light. They’ll also make a room look larger overall.