I am practicing gratefulness of my home. To see more posts in the Fostering a Grateful Heart series, click here.
One aspect of my home that is easy for me to see in real life but hard to photograph is sunlight. We have good sized windows that let in a lot of light. I haven’t quite learned the trick to photographing windows, but this is my area of gratefulness today: large windows that let in a lot of sunlight.
I notice it in our hallway the most. I love the light streaming into the hallway from all the rooms.
All of our bedrooms have good sized windows so the rooms never feel tight or small.
They do require large curtains though!
I don’t think these windows are anything uncommon. Our house was built as a spec house, so there isn’t anything fancy about it. I think our house is just new enough to have larger bedroom windows (our house is about 20 years old).
I mostly think of the light in sharp contrast to the house I grew up in. The windows were about half the size of these. I remember doing fire drills with my siblings, and we had to boost each other up to get out the window! The windows were quite high up on the wall! My 2 and 4 year old could climb out these if they wanted to. They are so much lower to the ground than older windows.
Our living room is south facing so very bright and warm when it’s sunny. We spend most of our time on this floor of our house. I love that it is so bright.
Having more light in a home is a mood booster for me too. The apartment we rented before purchasing this house had one large window on the south side of the apartment and one sliding glass door on the north side. The sliding door led to a covered deck so there was extremely limited light coming in that way. There were no other windows in the apartment!
That apartment was so dark, all the time. Walking into this house was a breath of fresh air. Each room felt so light and airy, in sharp contrast to the dungeon we were living in!
I am so grateful we were able to purchase a house that has large windows and is south facing. The amount of light we get each day is significant and wonderful!
This post was a challenge for my photography skills. I see some definite needs for improvement. Sunlight is hard to capture!
Do you have a bright, airy house? Are you in a dark dungeon like we were? If you crave more light, here are some easy ways to get more in:
- Strategically placed mirrors
- Hang curtains high and wide so they don’t block an inch of the window
- Move furniture so no windows are blocked
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