June 28, 2023
If you ask any potential home buyer what their dream home includes, they’ll probably mention large windows and natural light. Why are we so drawn to sunlight-filled houses, and how can we retain our privacy even with such expansive windows? The secret lies within your window treatments.
At Blinds Plus Designs, we offer top quality window treatments and decor to help you find privacy and light control so that you can enjoy your home and live well. Read on to learn more about the benefits of natural light and our suggestions for practical and light-loving window coverings for your space.
We all know that natural sunlight makes any space feel more inviting. If you’re like us, you open your window treatments first thing in the morning to give your day a sunny start. But what exactly makes us hardwired to love the light? There’s more to it than you may think.
Sunlight makes us happier. It’s as simple as that! The scientific explanation is that exposure to sunlight promotes the production of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that boosts your mood. When it’s sunny outside, your brain starts making more serotonin and sends happy hormones to lift your spirits.
Our bodies depend on receiving ample sunlight throughout the day to sleep. When we go to bed, our brain releases a chemical called melatonin, which is responsible for helping us fall and stay asleep. Our internal clock, called the Circadian rhythm, tells our brain when to release melatonin. Being around natural light during the day is crucial to keeping our internal clock functioning correctly and allowing us to sleep peacefully at night.
Sunlight doesn’t just keep us happy; it also keeps us healthy! Our bodies turn sunlight into Vitamin D, which keeps our bones healthy and strong as we age.
Exposure to natural light, both directly and indirectly, amplifies our ability to focus, increasing productivity. Studies show that employees with a window in their office are more creative, can stay on task for longer, and perform better throughout the day than their coworkers without a window. If you don’t get much sunlight during your workday, try to get outside for at least 30 minutes daily and invest in an artificial UV lamp, which mimics the sun’s rays and their benefits.
Ample sunlight can make incredible improvements to our daily lives. Here are some of our favorite ways to maximize light in your home.
If you’ve ever shut your blinds in the middle of a sunny day because you just need a few moments of privacy, then you’ll love Alta roller shades. Available in varying levels of sheerness, roller shades are the ideal way to soak in the sunlight without sacrificing your privacy. Or try the alternating sheer and opaque bands of Alta dual shades. When the solid bands align, the sheers allow light to filter into your room, but when closed, you can ensure absolute privacy. Enjoy the natural sun and its benefits without worrying about unwanted eyes peering through your window.
If your space seems lacking in the sunlight department, adding mirrors near your window is an efficient way to maximize the light you get. Place several mirrors on a wall adjacent to your window to reflect sunlight throughout your space, creating the illusion of more light than you get.
Embrace the golden California sun this summer with new custom window treatments from Blinds Plus Designs. Located in the greater Huntington Beach area, our window treatment experts are ready to help you capture the magic of the sun.
Visit our showroom and boutique at 1619 Alabama Street in Huntington Beach, California. We serve the areas of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Seal Beach, Corona Del Mar, and the surrounding areas—just ask!
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