Understand the Importance of Natural Lighting in Interior Design

One of the most important elements in interior design is not a particular item you place in the room. Rather, it’s something that you allow to stream into the room, flooding it with illumination. Natural lighting, when harnessed properly, makes a room feel cheery, inviting, and balanced.

chrisicos1Generous use of glass is the best way to ensure a room is properly illuminated, but there’s more to harnessing the beauty of natural light than just including a lot of windows in your design.

Proper orientation of the windows affects how the light hits various pieces of furniture and decor in the room. Southern-facing windows let light stream in steadily throughout the daytime. They’re a good choice in areas with long winters, since they capture sunlight even in the winter and make the home feel less dismal on cold, damp days. Northern-facing windows, however, let indirect light flood in during the summer, but again, do so all day long.

East and west-facing windows let in morning and afternoon light, respectively. Light from these angles is harder to control, since the sun’s angle towards the windows varies with the seasons. Thus, north and south-facing windows are preferred for consistent lighting. A few east or west facing windows may be included to light up a specific space, such as a nook you plan on reading in during the morning, or a sitting area that you’ll dine at in the afternoon.

In addition to window placement, controlling natural lighting in interior design depends on the proper use of shades and blinds. Choosing adjustable window treatments lets you customize your lighting based on activity and mood.

To learn more about the use of natural lighting in interior design, contact Chrisicos Interiors. We’d love to help transform your space with illuminating light.