Most of us recognize the power of lighting, at least semi-consciously. Having to get out of bed in complete darkness can take a toll on our moods and energy levels, and trying to read in a shadowy room can make anyone frustrated. It can be easy, though, in the busyness of our everyday lives, to forget about the impact that lighting can have on us. With the versatility offered by the right window treatments, you can brighten, dim, and darken any room of your choosing to optimize your efforts and boost your mood. Below are some examples of ways in which proper lighting can make an impact on your everyday life.
- Get some sleep. Whether you’re trying to put a child to bed while the bright summer sun is still seeping through the windows, or trying to catch some afternoon zeds yourself, having black-out blinds or curtains in sleeping areas is never a bad idea. Even if you’re not one for napping, containing the sun can help you catch the occasional sleep in or provide optimal sleeping conditions on sick days.
- Create a relaxing, meditative space. Chances are there are going to be days where you feel anxious, overwhelmed, or unhappy. Many people find it helpful to practice some kind of meditation, and some choose to take a moment in a favourite spot to sit and take some deep breaths. It can be hard to feel at peace, though, when the hot sun is blinding you through your windows. Lowering a shade can create a sense of peace ambiance that can aid in your efforts to relax and re-energize.
- Brighten up. Sitting in a room awash with natural light can boost your mood and aid in your productively. Having many big windows is one of the best ways to ensure that you are getting enough light in your home, and in the main hang-out areas of your house you may choose to opt for window treatments that let the sun shine in to take advantage of all that gorgeous light.
- Ensure balance in your work space. If you’ve ever drawn, painted, used a computer, written, or read in your home, you’ve likely come across lighting issues more than once. If it’s too bright the light can wash out what you’re working on, but if it’s too dark your project may be hard to see or you may start to feel sleepy. Keep your space productively positive by ensuring you have adequate control over the light in the room, and have fun buying blinds that will add to your creative area.
Consciously controlling the light in your house can add a dimension of functionality that can feel luxurious, and tailoring the window treatments in your home to address specific light concerns in different spaces is a worthwhile investment that can make a huge difference to the way you live in your home. Make the most of the resources available to you and maximize your light experience – it’ll make a bigger difference than you expect.