I’ve read many articles in the past on how light is important to health and can effect mental health in a positive way.
In an article in Forbes they said that ‘Bad lighting is associated with a range of ill-health effects, both physical and mental, such as eye strain, headaches, fatigue and also stress and anxiety in more high-pressured work environments. … A third (32%) said better lighting would make them happier at work.’
However, lighting can come in through lots of different ways but daylight is the key to the best lighting. Healthline wrote that ‘Decreased sun exposure has been associated with a drop in your serotonin levels, which can lead to major depression with seasonal pattern. The light-induced effects of serotonin are triggered by sunlight that goes in through the eye.’
So how can we get a good light into our homes now the days are getting shorter? There are special ‘Sad Lights‘ which have been around to help people suffering from the condition Sad (Seasonal Affective Disorder). But direct light from outside is the perfect pick up.
The colour palette inside your home and the right discounted windows is what has made the biggest difference for me personally. As most of my readers know we moved three months ago from the East Midlands to West Sussex. We down sized big time and bought a small new build.
Our old home had the biggest windows at the back of the house and my husband was quite anxious about whether our new home would be much darker but it couldn’t be further from the truth if you have the right windows and colour scheme in your home.
The right discounted windows like our small ones work perfectly with white walls which I am sure help light reflect throughout. Every friend that has been to see us has commented on how light our house is even on a dark day.
My bedroom is my sanctuary and has two windows which I have had fitted with Venetian blinds mainly for privacy but I decided on white for most of the windows and it’s still lovely and light. We’ve bought curtains for our bedrooms but haven’t rushed to get some for downstairs and have now decided we won’t bother as we just love the light streaming in and it’s still cosy when it goes dark.
Artificial light can change your sleeping pattern from the natural rhythm of two four-hour phases broken by an hour of wakefulness to a single eight-hour phase each night and disrupts your circadian rhythm. That’s why it is important that you use as much natural light as possible. Opening up your windows and curtains and light darker areas of your home with lamps that emit natural light. My regular Sunday post Sleep Sunday, Let’s Talk About Sleep explains lots of ways to help you sleep which is so important to any chronic pain sufferer.
They say that bright colours are happy colours for your home and can boost communication so are especially welcome in the dining area and kitchen but you can get your happy colours in accessories instead of painting all your walls.
I decided I would give each room its own accent colour and it certainly works for me. My lounge has royal blue as it’s accessory colour which I introduced by adding cushions, plant pots and pictures that have some blue in them. My kitchen’s access colour is grey and green. Upstairs my guest bedroom’s accent colour is also green which is really popular this year and our bedrooms accent colour is grey and pink which is peaceful and cosy.
The brightness in my new home has certainly lifted me over the last three months. I hope you enjoy some of my images of our cosy new home. Do comment and tell me what your favourite colours for the inside of your home are.