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Five Ways to Brighten Up Your Home

Five Ways to Brighten Up Your Home

The brightness of a room has the power to affect both the emotional and aesthetic appeal of your home. Opening up your space to light can be inviting to guests, while still maintaining the coziness of your space. Your home can experience the enticing benefits of natural light unmatched by artificial alternatives with just a few isolated changes to your space.
Take control of the brightness of your room with five techniques that can make better use of your darker space:

Five Ways to Brighten Up Your Home | Sea Pointe Construction

1. Add a Skylight

Introducing a peak into the outdoors not only creates a room with a view, but offers a destination for natural light. Differing in size, material, and shape, the customizable options for your desired room are innumerable. Fixed skylights are great for living rooms to invite sunlight, while ventilating skylights can be utilized in bathrooms and kitchens for air flow and moisture reduction. UV deflection and elimination of direct sunlight are just a few of the advantages of adding a skylight to your home.

2. Insert Floor to Ceiling Windows

Want to set a relaxing tone and brighten your room simultaneously? Floor to ceiling windows are a valuable choice to offer additional light to your room. Cut energy costs by connecting the interior to the exterior and replacing artificial lighting. This addition can be a focal point or accent to any room.

3. Utilize Natural Light You Already Have

While full renovation can be costly, simple adjustments can offer refuge to a dark room. Remembering to keep blinds and drapes open for constant sun contact in peak hours will instantly brighten the appearance of any space. Replacing window coverings with wooden shutters can also present a manageable and cost-effective solution to your home. Full light control and an easy to clean surfaces are just a few of the benefits. Hanging mirrors around the room can reflect sunlight in dimly lit corners when placed opposite of windows.

4. Opt for Neutral Paint

Adding a light paint color can brighten and enlarge the appearance of any room. Unlike darker palettes, white paint does not absorb light and even offers a surface for sunlight to bounce wall to wall. Keeping neutral colors on the room’s perimeter adds the freedom to experiment with colorful interior design, while still keeping the openness of a fully lit room.

5. Remove a Separating Wall

Eliminating excessive barriers between rooms can be visually and emotionally appealing. An open floor plan has the added advantage of space for homes of less square footage, while also creating a connection between rooms that feels inviting and comfortable. Replacing wooden dividers with glass, such as integrating French doors into the set up, can also offer a transparent alternative that bridges light from one room to another.

Whether you choose to brighten your room through remodel or redesign, the space and appeal of your home can be maximized with a few alterations. Inviting light into your space can be the transformation that your room needs.

Interested in integrating any of these techniques into your home? Contact the expert team at Sea Pointe Construction for more information today.

MOTHER NATURE’S GREATEST GIFT: LIGHT

MOTHER NATURE’S GREATEST GIFT: LIGHT

Here at Sea Pointe we have a few designers that like to call a remodel’s lighting plan the project’s “jewelry”. It’s kind of a funny idea, but a room’s lighting really can be the icing on the cake. Imagine that you just spent thousands of dollars on your dream kitchen, but when all is said and done there are shadows on your island or the space under the cabinets where you prep your vegetables is dark? Many people don’t place much value on the lighting design of a project because they figure that lights are just lights.  But boy are they mistaken.A room’s lights can dramatically beautify a project with the flip of a switch.

First, start with Mother Nature’s greatest gift: light.

By strategically replacing your windows and adding skylights you’ll notice how little you need to turn on your interior lights when the sun’s up.Make sure to consider energy star-rated windows and doors to help control your home’s heating and cooling costs. Then work with a professional to develop a good lighting design.A well thought out lighting plan can improve kitchen function, appearance, and energy performance. Get the right mix of task and ambient lighting using energy efficient fixtures wherever possible. Try to keep recessed lights out of the ceiling if that ceiling is insulated since they pull energy out of the room.

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With your design consultant you’ll want to consider three main types of lighting: ambient, task and accent.  Ambient lights are the room’s general source of light which can be natural window light, skylights or ceiling can lights. Task lighting will be tailored light for accomplishing prep work, dishes, etc. This can be under-cabinet LED tape lights, puck lighting, or specifically placed overhead can lights. And lastly, accent lighting would include pendent lighting over an island or peninsula that adds drama and interest to a space. Accent lighting can also function as task lighting with mindfully designed.

It’s also important to reference California’s Title 24 energy conservation building codes when creating your lighting plan. On a very basic level, Title 24 requires homeowners to have at least half the installed wattage of luminaires to be high efficacy in kitchens and bathrooms must have vacancy sensors installed that will automatically turn lights off after a period of non-usage. Title 24 does not only apply to lighting, so check with your design consultant on what other areas may be affected in your home remodeling project.