Increasing natural light in your kitchen? It’s no secret that natural light makes everything feel brighter. Whether it be an indoor space or outdoor, the sun can make all the difference. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have a sunny kitchen – which is why we are here to help! In this blog post, you will learn how to increase your current natural light situation in your kitchen with ten easy ideas for making the most of your space and creating a bright atmosphere using different sources of natural light.
The sun is the best designer. The more natural light you can let in, the better! It also adds warmth to your kitchen and makes it feel inviting. You don’t need a ton of windows or doors either; even skylights are great for adding some extra sunshine into your space.
If there isn’t enough space on one side of your home to add an opening window (or if you’re up high above ground level), then try turning that boring old island into something functional – like this built-in desk area with ample lighting underneath. Your new breakfast nook might not be so bad after all…unless you hate mornings (which I’m sure none of us do).
Increasing Natural Light in Your Kitchen
If your kitchen is dark, or you have a window that doesn’t let in much light (especially if it’s on the north side of your home) then consider painting one wall white to reflect the natural light and brighten up the space.
Maximizing Windows: If you have a window in your kitchen, maximize it! Open the top and bottom sashes of the window to allow more light into your room.
If there is no wall near the windows, consider adding some type of vertical growing space for plants or flowers as well as an herb garden with spices that can be used throughout cooking.
Natural Light from Above: Place skylights strategically so they’ll bring natural light down from above depending on where you are working in your kitchen.
If you don’t have skylights, vertical windows will allow in some light. Vertical Growing Space: If your kitchen is not near any windows or has no natural light, consider adding an indoor vertical garden to give the room a “greenhouse” feel and provide fresh herbs for cooking.
Adding Natural Elements: In addition to bringing in more sunlight through growing space, add other elements of nature such as living walls with vines climbing up them from floor to ceiling. Add potted plants on shelves wherever there are empty spaces that can be filled with greenery instead of displaying decorative items. Ditching The
Carpeting: Yes it feels nice underfoot but rugs and carpets absorb a lot of valuable natural light which is why it’s best to go with hard floorings such as stone, tile, or wood.
If you have carpeting that is too dark for the room and cannot be removed tries adding a light color area rug under your dining table or kitchen island. The darker floors will still show through giving some contrast without blocking all of the natural light from entering into your space.
Clean Windows: Dirty windows are another reason that kitchens feel closed in so clean them inside and out every week even if they are double-pane glass which resists dirt build-up better than single-pane windows. Putting blinds up also helps block direct sunlight coming in during hot summer months when homes tend to heat up creating an oven effect not only making you uncomfortable but lowering the temperature on your appliances.
To add further interest and more color to your kitchen to increasing natural light in your kitchen, try using some colorful tiles on at least part of the backsplash (if not all). You can choose from any type of material for this – ceramic, marble, etc.
If you feel like you don’t get enough natural light while cooking in your current set-up, simply move around what you already own! Instead of having a table right next to your window, move it to the other side. Or if you have a large island in the middle of your room that doesn’t let much light through – try placing it against another wall so more natural light can come into this space.
Another option for increasing natural light in your kitchen is to create larger windows by removing some walls and doors. This will also open up the area and make it feel lighter and bigger!
If you don’t want to go as far as knocking down any walls but still wish to increase natural light then consider rearranging furniture or appliances such as ovens/stoves, cabinets, etc., so they are not directly blocking sunlight from entering an area or window within your kitchen.
If you feel like there isn’t enough natural light coming into your kitchen, consider adding more windows or skylights! Skylights are especially great for bringing in extra sunlight. You can also go big and get a sliding door installed to cover up your current window (if it’s on the north side of your home) – this will let in just as much sunlight without making things too hot during the summer months.
A lot of people don’t realize that they can actually use mirrors inside their homes/kitchens to reflect any existing natural light within an area which means even more brightness! Mirrors work well for darker spaces because they bounce off the surrounding walls and create what feels like a bigger room!
Another idea to increasing natural light in your kitchen is to use a variety of lighting sources. For example, you can install pendant lights over the island or in other areas that may need some extra light during certain times throughout the day. You could also try out recessed lighting both under cabinets and above workstations – depending on what feels best for your current set-up. Whatever option works for you, just remember having multiple types of natural light coming into an area will always make it feel lighter than if there was only one type (i.e., sunlight vs overhead lighting).
If you still aren’t satisfied with how much natural light enters/exits your home or kitchen, you can always add some additional windows. This is a great option for the exterior of your home and it will definitely brighten up any space!
If all else fails, there’s no reason why you can’t just paint part (or whole) of your wall/ceiling white to reflect more natural light into an area, and increasing natural light in your kitchen, this works especially well in darker rooms such as basements which may not get much sunlight during winter months.