Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Natural Light In Your Home?

In most cities, real estate agents constantly talk about natural light when convincing people to buy or rent any property; after all, nothing beats the feeling of opening your blinds to let the sunlight in every morning. Natural light is essential for boosting your health, enabling Vitamin D production, improving your sleep patterns, and enhancing your focus. In addition, natural light makes your place feel comfortable and warm, causing home décor to pop.

However, having too much natural light at home is possible. Depending on the orientation of your house, your big windows could be letting too much sunlight in, leaving you in an extra sunny, blinding, sterile-looking, sauna-like place. In the past, house design was focused on practicality, and most homes didn't have a "too much sunlight" problem. But as natural light became a highly desired feature, this trend started to shift.

Knowing the issues caused by too much sunlight at home is essential. If you find yourself dealing with any of them, we'll also show some easy fixes to better control natural light in your place. 

Is it wrong to have lots of natural light at home?

Although most homeowners do not want dark rooms, too much natural light can create many problems. For example, it will make your space hotter than usual during the summer. This will reflect on your electricity bill, as your air conditioner and refrigerator must work harder to regulate the temperatures and cool things off.

Another disadvantage of having too much natural light is the excessive sun glare whenever you enter an overly lighted room or look at any screen. Remember that constantly squinting can ultimately lead to eye damage and headaches.

In addition, an abundance of direct light in your place can damage your pieces of furniture and make your home décor discolored. Natural fabrics like linen, cotton, wool, or silk get damaged more than others. On the contrary, if you love an all-white look, lots of sunlight might make your space feel harsh and sterile-looking, just like a doctor's office.

Excess of natural light will also affect your plants and pets. Plants will scorch near windows, and pets will feel uncomfortable, with some at risk of heatstroke. Sunlight also affects you. While it's essential for your health and mood, too much can lead to skin problems due to excessive UV rays exposure.

How to fix it

Regulating how much natural light you let in your rooms is pretty straightforward and will solve this issue. The easiest way to do it is by installing window film, curtains, or shades to filter the light that enters the room. Blackout curtains are almost mandatory for countless homeowners; however, filtering natural light will give you more control over the feel of your space.

Another way to deal with too much natural light at home is to paint and decorate using the right colors. Paint your walls with soft shades of gray, blue, or green to make the room look calmer; remember to use matte finish paint instead of glossy ones to avoid glaring. In addition, decorate your place with lots of pillows, nice-looking furniture, and eye-catching art on the walls to take advantage of light while dimming it a bit.

Whether you own a dark place or your big windows make you feel like you live inside a greenhouse, you can always control how much light you let in. These tips will help you make the most of it and control the overall feel of your spaces at home!