One of the top complaints homeowners have about their kitchen is that it doesn’t get enough natural light. People spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and don’t like feeling as if they’re in a cave, dark and cramped. From the moment they wake up and go to prepare breakfast and a cup of coffee, they want to step into a kitchen full of soft natural light.
What are some ways to bring more light into your kitchen?
Take care of anything that’s covering your windows. Replace any thicker drapery or heavier blinds with something lighter, like thin linen curtains. Trim back any shrubs that are growing up past your kitchen windows and have them cleaned of dirt or flecks of grease so that they let more light stream in.
Use more reflective surfaces. Lighter colors for walls and cabinetry will reflect sunlight more and tend to brighten up your kitchen. Another possibility for reflective surfaces includes installing some glass cabinet doors, as light will bounce off of them quite well; get professional advice on where these doors should be positioned relative to the windows and other light sources in the room. Installing a mirror in your kitchen could also be a good choice, depending on the general decor.
Install skylights. These can bring a lot of natural light into a kitchen and give it a fresh and inviting appearance. Constraints on skylight installation include your roof type and the expenses that would need to be allocated to such a project. One kind of skylight that may be more cheap to install but still effective in terms of the amount of light it brings in is a tubular skylight. Tubular skylights don’t require a major installation effort and can bring light effectively into your kitchen even through a small tube.
Remodel windows. Different possibilities include broadening existing windows or adding new ones; these are more extensive projects that will also require that you reorganize the layout of your cabinetry. If your wall space is limited or you don’t want to fuss with your existing windows, you can perhaps add glass panes to a door that leads to the outside or replace a regular door with a glass sliding door.
Contact us to discuss changes you can make to your kitchen in order to increase the amount of natural light it receives. With the help of our free kitchen design service, you’ll be able to come up with different solutions that are cost-effective and suited for you. If your project involves new cabinetry, know that you’ll be getting the highest quality products from us.