Utilising natural light is quite prevalent in interior design in Singapore. Primarily, this is because natural light is considered the best daytime illumination source. Not only that, natural light also provides peerless benefits that are hard to match. For starters, it can give your home a fresh and light vibe while helping you save on electricity cost.
Aside from dramatically illuminating an HDB during the day, natural light will also add an elegant and classic ambiance to an otherwise austere living space. Fortunately, there is no shortage of ways you can brighten up an HDB unit and maximise the features of natural light. Enjoy all the enticing benefits natural light can offer by keeping in mind the following tricks:
- Position large furniture strategically.
One of the most effective tips to remember when maximising natural light is positioning large furniture properly. When choosing furniture, keep in mind that HDBs have limited floor space compared to condos and landed homes. In addition, most of them have smaller windows too.
These constraints can be highlighted more if you have the wrong furniture pieces at home. In other words, if you have bulky furniture, it would be a good idea to position them in a way that they won’t obstruct the passage of light coming from the windows of your HDB unit.
Some homeowners place their furniture pieces by the wall so it won’t block natural light from coming in. This is something you can look into and try as well. The same principle can also apply in the placement of your drawers and cabinets.
- Go for translucent curtains.
Another great tip to make the most out of natural light is by installing translucent curtains. Unlike thick, opaque curtains, thin sheer curtains are light and airy. They are ideal for letting the light from the outside into your home. They also won’t block the breeze from coming in, making your house feel fresher, cleaner, and more relaxing.
Translucent curtains are usually made of lace, chiffon, or other sheer lightweight materials. While some of them are delicate, there are other translucent curtain types that are easy to clean, making them ideal for long-term use.
- Lighten up the surfaces.
Most HDB interior designs in Singapore compensate for the limited floor space by creating an illusion of depth and height. Natural light helps create a visual illusion on the surfaces it lands on. These include walls, ceilings, and floors.
In line with this, make sure these surfaces reflect the light that hits them. To accomplish this objective, start by using lighter shades for your home colour scheme. White is a common colour for walls since it reflects most of the light it receives. If you find white too stark, you can choose a pastel shade of yellow, pink, or green.
For the floors, consider going for white tiles as they can help brighten up the space and bounce back any natural light that hits them. However, if this is not possible, keeping it grey but polished is the next best thing as it can help maintain an illusion of a wider space.
- Add floor-length wall mirrors.
Lastly, if you want to boost your HDB’s daytime illumination, adding floor-length wall mirrors is another trick you can try. In addition, floor-length mirrors will also reflect the light much better than white-painted surfaces while creating the illusion of a wider indoor space at the same time.
Floor-length mirrors are also ideal for dining and living room areas. These areas are where most people hang out during the day, making them in most need of natural light. However, floor-length mirrors can sometimes be costly so consider it best to plan ahead before taking the plunge.