Lighten Up Your Home With Better Windows & Fixtures

Pink chair in bedroom with pink and gray bedspread

As we all know, limited sunlight means your plants won’t grow and you could become vitamin D deficient, as well as depressed. Whether you’re ready to install new windows, just looking to get some new interior lighting, or deciding what you want in your new home, the following guide will help make the decisions a little easier.


Composite Frames

These window frames consist of composite wood products, such as particleboard and laminated strand lumber. They are very stable, and they have the same or better structural and thermal properties as conventional wood frames– and better moisture and decay resistance.

Fiberglass Frames

Dimensionally stable, with air cavities that can be filled with insulation, these frames have superior thermal performance compared to wood or uninsulated vinyl.

Vinyl Frames

These frames are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with UV stabilizers to keep sunlight from breaking it down. They don’t require painting, have good moisture resistance, and the hollow cavities of vinyl frames can be filled with insulation, making them thermally superior to standard vinyl and wood frames.

Window with white vinyl frame, handle in foreground

Lighting Tricks


A great way to create more light in a dreary room is using mirrors and mirrored decor accessories. You don’t have to create a wall full of mirrors (however, that might look really cool), you can hang a mirror across from a window to the reflect the light around the room. To continue the brightness, try a mirrored or glass side table with a lamp on top or nearby.

Brighter Lights

Too little artificial light can be an issue as well. This doesn’t mean you need more lamps or need to install overhead recessed lighting. All you need are bulbs with a higher lumen. Add a dimmer switch and you’ve got complete control over your home’s lighting.

Brightly-lit modern kitchen

Fake Windows

If your room doesn’t have any windows or just those tiny little ones (think basement), consider creating fake windows. Building a realistic fake window is a relatively easy DIY weekend project. All you need are LED glow lights, muslin cloth, cornstarch, and the ability to use a few tools.You can also install a pre-built window, there are quite a variety but may run higher in price than DIY.

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