When we enter a space, we are automatically aware of how we feel (either consciously or sub-consciously.) Different lighting schemes create different moods within spaces. Without natural light, a room will appear to be dark and moody, which in some instances may serve a purpose, but ultimately can have detrimental effects on a person's general wellness. But - what is the science behind this notion? Why does natural light have the incredible power to alter our moods? Let's delve a little further...
Natural sunlight causes our brain to release a hormone called Serotonin – this being the happy hormone and feel good neurotransmitter – so this means that without sunlight in our homes we are in fact exposing our selves to the risk of depression, anxiety and an array of other yucky symptoms.
When designing, depending on what mood we are trying to create, we will employ a combination of natural and artificial lighting to best achieve this aesthetic. But as a general rule, I do not believe artificial light is ever a better alternative to natural light. I think natural light is always the best source in all circumstances within our offices, homes and interior spaces. Our bodies respond to it in such a positive way. We need natural daylight to function, just as we need darkness to help us go to sleep. It goes further than just aesthetics and more so about what our bodies respond to and need for the benefit of our emotional health and wellbeing. After all, what could possibly be more important than a healthy home and a healthy mind?
In the video below, I cover this concept in greater detail.
When introducing light and airy colours you completely change the mood of the home to a clear, clean, bright and uplifting space. Keeping this in mind, of course there are certain circumstances where I like to utilise a more moody palette. I do this by painting the walls and ceiling a deeper colour as well as using dim pendant or lamp shade to light the room. Introducing retail tones in the upholstery and furniture as well as soft moody casts of light and shadows creates an extremely romantic emotional experience for most. Lush deep drapery and rugs as well as coffee table books of choice will compliment this too. This ultimately makes anyone who enters the room feel a completely different sense of experience purely through the tone and light within the room.
Here are my 5 easy tips on how to improve the natural light in your home:
- Open the blinds and let some natural light and fresh air flow throughout your home every day.
- Introduce large mirrors which bounce the light around the room.
- Style and accessorise with neutral and lighter colours
- Paint your ceiling a shade lighter than the walls to make the ceiling height look taller.
- Declutter and remove as much as you can from shelving and walls.
Be sure to watch the video below where I talk about this exact topic
Employ these tips and I ensure you you will be on track in creating the healthiest and most desirable home possible; and hand in hand with a healthy home comes a healthy YOU!
P.S - Do you struggle with certain spaces where bringing natural light in seems impossible? Tell me about it below and let me find ways to help you!