Interior Design Trends
Interior Design Trends

Using Natural Light in Your Interior Design

No matter how many lights you add to a room, “you may want to consider letting in some natural light,” says Ronique Gibson, Decoist. It plays an important role in just about every aspect of our lives.

“Successful lighting design is fundamental to enhancing the look and feel of a home or a business,” says Randy Burkett, Randy Burkett Lighting Design. And good design has many layers, including ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. However, for this article, we are only worried about the fourth type of lighting (and our favorite): Natural Light.

How to Use Natural Light in Your Design

No matter how many lights you add to a room, “you may want to consider letting in some natural light,” says Ronique Gibson, Decoist. It plays an important role in just about every aspect of our lives.

Illumination Basics

Using Natural Light In Interior Design

The right amount of sunlight can actually enhance your interior design. “The Romans used sunlight as a material, like brick or stone, to define and enhance space,” writes Cheryl Weber, Mother Earth Living.

Natural light provides breathtaking illumination that just can’t be replicated with regular light bulbs. Finding ways to use and enhance this lighting can really take your interior from ordinary to extraordinary.

Incorporate Natural Light Also Means Better Light Control

Better lighting design also means better light control, especially in the bedroom. During the day, natural light influences our circadian system, which regulates our patterns of alertness and sleepiness. Without regular exposure to light, a person’s sleep–wake cycle can vary by as many as two hours per day. However, at night, our body needs complete darkness in order to achieve optimal sleeping conditions.

“Overhauling the bedroom starts with an acknowledgment that your body needs to sleep in near total darkness for optimum health,” writes author Jennifer Barrett in her article “Sleep Oasis.

Productivity Matters

“There are certain factors that everyone knows affect workplace productivity,” says Andrew Jensen, a business growth, efficiency and marketing consultant – location, aesthetics, size and space, and privacy, just to name a few. “But there is one important factor often overlooked by most employers across the globe: lighting.”

Office Productivity Desk

According to a study conducted by the American Society of Interior Design, 68 percent of employees are unhappy with the lighting in their offices, complaining it is either too dim or too harsh.

“Light is critical for our health and wellbeing,” says Dr. Victoria Revell, a chronobiologist at the University of Surrey. “Ensuring that we receive adequate light levels at the appropriate time of day benefits our alertness, mood, productivity, sleep patterns, and many aspects of our physiology.”

In fact, workplaces with good light exposure saw as much as a 40 percent increase in productivity as well as a marked decrease in error rate, according to statistics from Eco-Business. Workers in such offices also saw a 15 percent increase in creativity.

“These findings put scientific rigour behind our intuitive desire for daylight,” write Ash Buchanan, and Juliana Sayago.

Window Treatments for the Win!

When it comes to natural light exposure at home or in the workplace, the right window treatments make all the difference. Not only do blinds, shades, and shutters help regulate light, but window treatments can enhance your interior as well.

“[Light control is] one of the most powerful tools we can use to establish a strong living and working environment,” says architect Jennifer Luce.

Talking with a Next Day Blinds expert can help illuminate your window treatment options. We can talk through your wants and needs on a room-by-room basis and make suggestions that will help you maximize the natural light in your home or office.

Founded in 1993, Next Day Blinds is a fully integrated, full-service custom window covering company located in Jessup, MD, just 25 miles from Washington, DC, and 15 miles from Baltimore, MD. From sales and design to manufacturing, measuring, installation, and service, we do it all. Our goal is to help you create a better tomorrow by providing a superior result--blinds, shades and shutters that look nicer, last longer, and are there when you want them.