It’s that time of year when we need to adapt to shorter days, which means less amount of time enjoying what we’re instinctively drawn to – natural light. This wonderful, organic source that luminates our outside world and indoor environments is greatly motivating. It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning, and keeps us going throughout the day.
So during the fall and winter seasons, how can we best enhance this natural source into our homes and duplicate its capabilities? We spoke with interior designer Joan Waddell of J. Waddell Interiors for guidance on enhancing home spaces with natural and artificial light.
The first step Joan takes when working with a client is asking how that room is going to be used. She then creates a space that is functional, comfortable, and promotes a sense of well-being. “Humans are drawn to light and we need to create environments that will make us happy and healthy, and lighting plays a huge role in this,” says Joan.
This window from the far side of the space also adds more natural light into the room, and is the perfect space for an additional sitting area.
Mirrors are wonderful additions to a room. They are functional and aesthetically pleasing, but they also reflect and disperse light back into a space. This mirror is positioned along the wall directly across from this small, single sitting area.
“A room is not a room without natural light.” – Louis Kahn, Architect
Story and photos by Melissa Donald