Natural Light, the most important.
We wanted to dedicate a post to one of the factors that most influences the quality of spaces and the one to which we give the greatest importance in Mistral when creating them: Natural light.
Natural light in a dwelling is as or more important than other factors that in many cases prevail over it, such as its location, size or distribution, since it conditions an endless number of things that we do in our day to day life. Which we do not even realize.
It should be said that the natural light of the sun regulates many vital functions of our body and has a direct impact on our mood, as it fights depression, increases creativity and also brings joy and visual well-being. There is no doubt that it is the one that makes a space have more value and spatial quality than any other of equal characteristics, but with little natural light.
There are houses that are more luminous than others, since a fundamental factor is the orientation of the house, therefore, we must keep in mind when designing any possible distribution or location, that the sun comes up in the East, moves South as the hours go by (Northern Hemisphere) and sets in the West.
The first factor to be considered is undoubtedly the distribution. A house with a high number of interior divisions prevents the light from being evenly distributed throughout the space. That’s why we always insist on the benefits of designing and building homes in which your rooms are intercommunicated and open. Thus, if we locate in the same environment the so-called “day” areas, such as the kitchen, dining room and living area, besides gaining space of use, we will achieve that the different environments enjoy the same spatial, light and environmental conditions.
However, for those floors that receive little light, there are some tricks to enhance it. Let’s see some of them:
Colors: For natural light to slip on the floor, it is desirable that the envelope, ie walls, floors and ceilings, be light colors, such as white or soft ochres, so that we get a “plus” of reflected light. The same goes for elements that have a lot of visual weight, such as wood structures. If we paint beams, trusses and white straps, the light will not be absorbed by the dark surface of these structures, but will be distributed evenly throughout the room.
A suggestion highly recommended as a source of inspiration is the Nordic decoration, which we will discuss in future posts, where unpolished white predominates with some notes of bright colors in textiles and other home accessories.
Furniture and Decoration: It is necessary to pay attention to the choice of the furniture and upholstery, because if they occupy too much space and are dark or very textured they will absorb too much light.
Light Inputs: Avoid obstructing windows with furniture. Likewise, those that are in the path of light, should be less bulky, low, with legs or made of translucent or transparent materials. In the windows where you receive the light, opt for white frames and place fine and clear curtains, which allow for the passage of light.
The power of mirrors: Placing decorative mirrors in certain strategic points of a room favors the natural luminosity, as it causes the light to rebound and amplify.
Finally, to say that natural light not only brings us benefits in terms of comfort and health, it also contributes in a very important way to energy saving and responsibility with the environment, impacting directly on our pockets.