Why Maximising Natural Light In Your Kitchen Is Important 

A kitchen with wood floors and ample natural light from a skylight.

Having access to natural light in your home is important. Although we encourage you to improve natural light access in all areas of your home, having a kitchen that receives plenty of sunlight is of the utmost importance. We appreciate sunlight, but often skim over its many benefits. When you begin to examine it properly, you come to appreciate how valuable it really is. Today we are going to explore the importance of natural light in your kitchen. Additionally, we are going to provide some tips on improving your access to sunlight in your kitchen area. 

Enhances Kitchen Aesthetics

Natural light benefits us wherever we are. Whether it is outside, in nature, or in the office, sunlight has great value to us. The home, therefore, is no exception. We spend a great deal of time in our homes. Resultantly, you could argue that we are able to enjoy the benefits of the sun the most when we are at home. It is important that all of your property receives plenty of sunlight during the day. We are going to look at the kitchen specifically however, and how a kitchen that receives plenty of sunlight is more desirable. 

Firstly, by maximising the natural light your kitchen receives, you will improve the aesthetics of your kitchen. A dark kitchen with few windows does not create an elegant and inviting atmosphere. Having sunlight pour into your kitchen will create a space that is inviting, warm and, if your kitchen is small, has the illusion of being far bigger. This is of course great for you and your family, but it is also great for your property. 

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In some properties, the kitchen is the focal point. Ensuring one of the main features of your property has good access to sunlight will, ultimately, improve the saleability of your home. Quite simply, a property which receives plenty of natural light will be more attractive to prospective buyers. 

A kitchen table and chairs.

Encourages Property Owners To Use The Kitchen More

This point expands on something we mentioned in the paragraph above. So far, we have deduced that a kitchen with good access to natural light is more inviting and elegant looking. This is important for the saleability of your property, but it is also important for other reasons. Namely, an inviting kitchen is one that is far more likely to be used. Naturally you will want to spend more time in a space that is well lit and welcoming. Maximising the natural light your kitchen receives may therefore encourage you to cook more, which will undoubtedly lead to a healthier lifestyle. You can create a space that you truly enjoy using, and being in, by introducing more natural light. 

Allows For Energy Bill Savings To Be Made

If you have plenty of sunlight pouring into your kitchen, this will reduce the amount of money you have to spend on lighting. Not only this, but it will also save you money because you will not have to rely on costly electricity. Sunlight will also increase the warmth of your kitchen, which will minimise your outgoings for heating. This will lead to an overall decrease in your monthly energy bill. Months eventually add up and contribute to your annual bill. Before you know, you have made substantial savings on a year-to-year basis. 

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Improves Mood and Health

Studies have suggested that sunlight can be used to combat stress and anxiety. You only have to look at the existence of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) to confirm this. SAD is suggested to be caused by lack of exposure to natural light. 

As well as this, sunlight encourages our bodies to create vitamin D. This is integral for healthy development and the creation of strong bones. As you can see, we require natural light to feel good and keep our bodies strong and healthy. The kitchen is a good place to get our dose of natural light as we typically spend a great deal of time in there. 

A modern kitchen with a dining table and chairs, flooded with natural light.

Prevents Mold

Mold favours dark spaces that do not receive a lot of sunlight. This is because ultraviolet light from the sun kills most mold and spores. Mold can lead to all sorts of complications and is a trigger for people with asthma. If your kitchen does not have adequate access to natural light, this can effectively facilitate the growth of mold. Having plenty of natural light in your kitchen, therefore, will create a healthier environment for you and your family. 

How Do I Improve Access to Sunlight In My Kitchen?

With an understanding  of the importance of your natural light, you may be wondering how, exactly, you can increase the amount of sunlight you receive in your kitchen. There are a number of ways you can achieve this. One of the ways that contemporary renovation designers improve access to sunlight is by installing skylights. Not only do skylights look fantastic and propel any property’s aesthetics into the future, but they massively increase the amount of sunlight a room receives. The team at The Rooflight Centre are specialists in this field, and offer fantastic product guidance and installations. Their dedicated Kitchen Rooflight page has all the information you need to get started. 

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