How to make the most of natural light in your home

We list our top five tips on how to use natural light in your kitchen, including panoramic windows and skylights

Sunlight and natural light

Natural light is arguably the easiest way to make a room feel bigger and more inviting. Whether that’s through big bi-fold doors or perhaps smaller, south-facing windows, natural light is an big kitchen priority in our eyes.

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Neutral shade Chantel Elshout kitchen

Here’s some of the best ways to use it in your kitchen, with examples from some of the gorgeously bright rooms we’ve had the chance to snoop around over the years.

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Maximising on natural with bright white decor

Light and airy kitchen
Kitchen from davonport

It’s a good idea to keep things light coloured if you want to make the most of the sunlight in a room, especially in one that might otherwise feel dark and enclosed. The pictured Davonport kitchen in Aldeburgh is taking this to the stylish extreme. White walls and cream cabinets blend with the subtle warm tones of the wood-topped island so that your eye easily slips over towards the magnificent architecture of the arch windows.

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Or use darker shades to bring in a more industrial look

Dark industrial kitchen
Kitchen from Hub Kitchens

You don’t have to be wedded to shades of white. Rather, if you’re opting for a sleek industrial-luxe look, chances are metallic grey and black will be your staple colours. A great way to offset this is by using skylights to leave the space feeling open, bright and airy.

3

Make it a room with a view

Big window light living room
Room by LG Hausys

Of course large windows will flood your room with warm sunlight, but they’re also the best way to make the most of a view.

This breath-taking bedroom from LG Hausys in Lake Garda is a perfect example, but not everyone has a view like this to showcase. Still, large windows are a great way to bring nature inside and make your space feel more at one with the surrounding environment.

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Maintain your style

Blue classic kitchen with geometric windows

The sectioned-off effect employed in this large window works to enhance the traditional decor that’s been used in the space.

It’s important to choose a style that will work with the overall look you’re are tying to create.

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Courting sunlight

Urban city kitchen with natural light
Kitchen from Kitchen Architecture
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You would never guess that this property was situated in an urban hub. Raised ceilings here towards the back allow natural light to flood in from above, making the most of it even in a confined city space.