Let there be light

How to get more natural light in your home

Here’s why maximising the sunshine in your space will create the happiest and healthiest home.

Natural light makes us happier, and that’s a fact. Studies have proven it stimulates the production of serotonin (the body’s happy hormone!) and melatonin, which regulates our circadian rhythm and keeps us on an even keel when it come to sleep and wakefulness By contrast, less exposure to natural light causes fluctuations in our levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), and makes us feel drowsy. But, besides the science, who doesn’t think the world’s a better place when the sun touches their face?

With this in mind, making sure your home enjoys the maximum amount of natural daylight is incredibly important. There are several ways SILKA suggests you do it, and you’ll find our favourite quick fixes below.

High windows and doors

Sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how often it’s overlooked amid emotion of renovation. Steal as much light from the outside as possible by choosing the lengthiest glazing you can get away with.

Bright ideas

Go light to get light with your colour scheme. White is the most reflective option, but light-coloured pastels on walls work just as well. You can also lighten up dark floors with a bright coloured rug.

Clever curtains

Apply a wide-as-possible approach when selecting your curtain poles. Making sure they stretch beyond the space of your opening means the curtain sits outside it, buying you valuable brightness.

Add a rooflight

Natural light can very easily disappear when you extend or change the configuration of your home. Installing a rooflight brings at least 25% more light into your space, and helps it go further.

Rooflight above
SILKA Rooflight: The complete package

Whether it’s energy efficiency or increasing natural light in the home, our Rooflight delivers on it all. No matter if it’s an existing flat roofing system or a new single storey extension, our Rooflight offers super slim sightlines and can be manufactured to be up to 4 metres by 3 metres wide. It’s also been carefully designed to create an internal plaster line, right up to the glass line. Plus, with bonded glass to hide the finish from the outside, it looks just as good viewing it from a balcony above. 

We’re seeing a continuing demand for natural light in the home from homeowners, alongside the need for thermal efficiency, and it’s why we added our Rooflight into the SILKA range. Natural light can easily be lost when extending a property or changing its original configuration. Floor to ceiling doors can fill the extension with natural light, but the original space quickly becomes deprived – often making it darker than it was before. By installing a rooflight, it brings at least 25% more light into the property, and helps it reach further into the home.

Having our super insulated Rooflight within the SILKA range delivers a complete set of glazing systems to homeowners – including our aluminium Windows, Bifold Doors, Lift & Slide Doors, Entrance Doors and French doors – that will not only insulate, but light up the home naturally.

As we look towards a more energy efficient future and more homeowners are choosing different ways to renovate and expand their homes, our Rooflight is available to match and accommodate almost every type of flat roof installation. It can also be paired beautifully with the rest of the SILKA range to create a stunning suite that delivers the future home, right now.