Winter is coming and that means daylight saving is done and dusted, and the days are getting shorter, and quickly. You get the genuine feeling of the length of a day and the onset of another season when early mornings in the kitchen are dark and the late afternoons when you get home from work the kitchen feels like early evening. It makes you think about natural daylight.
Can the kitchen be changed around to compensate for this loss of light over the next 5 months? Here’s a few things you might try.
Do you believe that windows are a direct connection to spiritual well-being?
And, the bigger the window, the better.
Whether you have curtains or venetian blinds, remove them completely to allow more natural light into your kitchen. Yes, remove even the valance at the top if you have one. It will make a marked difference. If you want some cover over the windows, select a sheer white fabric. You get better light reflection into the kitchen if you change any of the textured or brightly coloured fabric for white. It adds a clean spacious look to the room.
One of the hardest but most satisfying jobs to do is a good, sensible declutter. A season change is as good a reason as any to work out what you need and what can be tossed. Pay close attention to bench tops and open shelving in the kitchen. The tip is to do one small section at a time, slowly, so you can see what items can be moved out of view, and what items can be completely removed.
If you have a whole heap of decorative objects, knick-knacks and such in the kitchen – remove them. The objects that you decide must go back, do so slowly, one at a time, and see what the effect is of reclaiming that negative space. Remember, empty spaces are quite beautiful, particularly in the kitchen.
Light colours always seem to make a room feel more spacious.
Home design magazines don’t always agree, but the best idea is to have light coloured accessories such as dinnerware, place mats, and even floor rugs. It’s all about reflection and bright white which will work collectively to add more light to the kitchen. And if that doesn’t lift your spirits then the nice smelling recipe cooking away on the stove certainly will. Bright colours equals a bright mood. A bit like having your own personal spring and summer in the kitchen.
It’s not practical (or smart) to be thinking about adding permanent light fixtures in the kitchen just for seasonal changes, but you need to make sure that there is adequate natural lighting. The artificial lighting should have been planned in the kitchen at the start but basically, in the darker months, you simply need adequate good lighting to be able to prepare food.
If you consider all these ways to make your kitchen brighter, it will work to the degree that darkness will make way for light.