This week we’re delving into why harnessing natural light is so important, especially in grey climates! When it comes to interior design, one element that holds tremendous power over the overall aesthetic and ambiance of a space is lighting. In countries like ours, where grey skies and overcast weather are all too familiar, the significance of natural lighting becomes even more pronounced. The ability to harness and optimise natural light within interior design schemes is not only an art but a science. When we can’t transform the climate – as designers we look for the next best solution – using natural light to can transform spaces, carefully utilising it to evoke a sense of comfort, positivity, and harmony.
Lack of sunlight can impact mood and energy levels, leading to feelings of lethargy and sadness. By incorporating natural lighting into interior spaces, we can counter the effects of weather-induced low mood. Believe it or not, soft, diffused light from cloudy skies can provide a soothing and comforting environment, helping uplift spirits and promoting a sense of well-being.
Natural light has a unique way of enhancing the visual appeal of any space. It brings out the true colours of furnishings, the colour scheme and fixtures, making the entire interior design scheme appear more vibrant and lively. When it does eventually arrive, allowing sunlight to cast subtle shadows and highlights onto the design scheme, can add depth and dimension to the room, making it feel more inviting and dynamic. Harnessing the way natural light optimises space – blurring the lines between indoors and out, carefully considering interior design and lighting schemes can create the illusion of much larger spaces.
Yes, we might be coming across a little bitter about the “summer” we’re currently enduring however, the greyness of the UK’s weather doesn’t actually mean that sunlight is entirely absent. Even on overcast days, natural light filters through clouds and can illuminate interiors to some extent. It’s our jobs as interior architecture experts to work alongside our lighting partners to reduce the clients need to depend on artificial lighting constantly, but to integrate a lighting scheme that works in harmony with the available natural light.
Incorporating natural lighting within interior design schemes fosters a connection with the outside world, even on the gloomiest days, like the current British summer! This connection to nature can have a profoundly positive impact on the human psyche, promoting feelings of tranquility and relaxation. Additionally, interior spaces that bring nature indoors, whether through large windows or skylights, can create a sense of harmony with the environment. Embracing the potential of natural lighting in interior design empowers us to create workspaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also conducive to well-being and happiness.
Check out some of our schemes that harness natural lighting whilst also integrating stylish and suitable lighting solutions.