Is your kitchen too dark for your liking? Mine was too until we made a few changes to boost the natural sunlight. One easy change was removing privacy curtains from the windows and replacing them with mini blinds and colorful cafe curtains which could be switched out as the seasons changed.
During the summer, the mini blinds are kept in the down position and tilted slightly backward to reflect out the heat while still providing us with light. In the winter, the blinds are pulled up to the top sash and secured into place so as to bring in as much sunshine as possible. Here are four other ways we’ve boosted the natural sun light in our kitchen.
Painted the ceiling with light semi gloss paint. Semi gloss paint has a bit of a sheen to it and does a fantastic job of bouncing the natural light around the room. Our ceiling used to be a deep mustard color. Painting it an eggshell color made the room lighter, brighter, larger, and much more sunnier.
Lightened the counters. My kitchen counters were originally made of small one-inch tile ceramic tile in ranges of brown which had the unfortunate effect of absorbing the natural light. When we remodeled our kitchen several years ago, we pulled out the tile and installed a light colored Formica instead. Since much of my counter top sits beneath the kitchen windows, the Formica helps bounce the light around my kitchen to make it seem much more sunnier.
Replaced the windows. The kitchens in my window were originally short aluminum slider type windows that made it tough for light to enter the kitchen. The windows were pulled out and replaced with tall double hung vinyl windows instead which made a huge difference in the amount of sunlight that could now enter the kitchen. Replacing windows is not as expensive as you might think. We paid about $1800 for the installation of three double hung windows, a bargain considering that they boosted the sunlight into our kitchen while saving energy too.
Installed a high gloss floor. Floors can also make a difference in how sunny a room can look. Our old floor was a pebbly looking vinyl product that absorbed light, much like our old counter top. This was replaced with Marmoleum which could be waxed to a high gloss. The wax helps capture the sunlight and refract it around the room which is especially nice in the far corners of the kitchen where the sunlight can’t reach.
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