Winter is hard on many people simply because of the dreariness of the season. Shorter days, cloudy weather, and less sunlight overall can leave many feeling blue. Increasing the amount of light inside your home can help raise your spirits and your energy level. The following tips will show you ways to achieve this.
Tip #1: Switch to full spectrum bulbs
Full spectrum light bulbs, sometimes called daylight bulbs, provide a wider light spectrum so they better emulate natural sunlight. Use these in lamps and fixtures where you spend a lot of time, such as near your desk, by your favorite chair, or in the kitchen. The better the light quality, even from artificial sources, the more energetic you will feel.
Tip #2: Use some mirrors
Mirrors are an old decorator's trick for increasing the light inside your home from outdoor sources. Place mirrors on walls opposite windows so they can reflect more light around the room. If you are already using mirrors, make sure they are hung for maximum effect. If they are placed too high on the wall, they may not accurately reflect the light from the sun when it is lower in the winter sky.
Tip #3: Allow in natural light
It can be tempting to leave the curtains drawn to provide insulation against the cold during the winter, but this can backfire by making you feel sleepy or depressed. Instead, look for ways to insulate your windows without giving up light. Sheer curtains, for example, can let light through while still blocking drafts. Another option is to install the clear shrink wrap over the windows. This creates an air pocket that provides insulation and seals out drafts, while still allowing light through.
Tip #4: Clean your windows
All the open drapes in the world won't help if your windows are dirty or dusty, since this will inhibit the amount of light that comes into your home. In fall, before winter cold arrives, schedule a professional residential window cleaning. The cleaning contractors will make sure the windows are cleaned inside and out, without streaks, so that you can allow the maximum amount of sunlight into your home. Most will even clean hard to reach windows, such as skylights, which can add even further light to the home.
Winter can seem dark and cold, but you can take steps to add some light. Don't stop at just your home, though. Also take advantage of every clear day to get outside in the sunshine, even if it's chilly outside.