When most people think about interior design, they usually don’t realise just how broad the topic is. For example, they might consider things like colour scheme, decoration, use of materials like wood, stone, or polymers, but they often overlook areas where interior design crosses over with structural design.
That’s where the professionals differ. When interior design professionals look at a plan, one of the first things they consider is what they can do with the structure they’ve been given and how they can make the best use of the space in a way that creates the right atmosphere. Which brings us to the subject of natural light.
Why We Love Natural Light
It’s hard to express just how important natural light is when it comes to successful interior design. Natural light isn’t just a gimmicky buzzword estate agents like to throw around. Quite the contrary, in fact.
Exposure to sunlight in your everyday life is hugely important to people’s mental health and well-being. Not only does sunlight contain lots of vitamin D, but it also has a neurological effect. When our eyes come into contact with sunlight, the brain releases hormones that make us feel more awake and ready to work. It’s the perfect way to begin the day.
Incorporating More Sunlight Into Your Interior Designs
But, you might ask, how can an interior designer increase the levels of natural light? After all, it’s not like you get to decide where the windows are and you certainly can’t control the sun.
Well, the important thing to remember is that, more than anything, it’s about how you take advantage of the light you have. Think about where you position objects and ways to let the light flow through the room without being obstructed.
Another method is to make good use of mirrors. Mirrors, as is often noted, make a room feel bigger, but they also help to disperse light more evenly throughout a space. Well-placed mirrors can go a long way towards increasing the levels of natural light within a space.
If you are going to lean further into the overall natural aesthetic then there are a few ways in which you can compliment the light source. Spacing some greenery throughout the room will definitely help to give a sense of nature as will choosing colours and materials that fit the overall look.
As a rule, it’s good to keep a colour scheme simple, and for a natural look it’s best to pick either light or dark colours and stick to them. Too much colour contrast can be visually loud and distracting. Rather, it’s best to pick a few points of contrast and stick to them. If these points of contrast also happen to be plants then all the better.
All in all, remember that you’re trying to create a space in which people will feel comfortable and effortlessly at ease. With that in mind, remember not to overdesign but the let the space speak for itself.