Windows and Light
Different Sources of Natural Light for Windows
Windows can be a decorating problem. Throughout the day, we want them unobstructed so as to get plenty of light as possible into a room. But by night all those black panes aren't really attractive. Light is an important decorating element. Nothing beats natural light. When planning the lighting in a room, it's wise to understand the different possibilities and how to attain them, naturally or artificially. The location of a window should be regarded when resolving what sort of curtain, shade, or other treatment could appear best.
Different Types of Light
The quality of light in an interior can change greatly based on the source and how it is handled. Most synthetic light is incandescent, which is mainly warm, and it makes objects look yellow. Fluorescent light is generally cool light, making color appear more blue or violet. Artificial lighting that comes close to simulating natural sunlight is now available.
Natural sunlight is often pertained to as balanced, full-spectrum light. What this means is that it bears all the "spectral colors," or colors of the rainbow, which merge into clear, colorless light. Full-spectrum light is balanced, and the colors of furnishings will appear their truest under it. Even natural light, however, leans to become unbalanced if one part of the spectrum that tends toward cool, or warm-colored light, dominates. This can occur with atmospheric conditions or when light enters from only one way, as in most natural light sources in most homes.
Maybe you have heard that artists favor studios with a north light. Because light entering through the north is the clearest, and it provides even and uniform light. Often considered "cold light," it has a cool, bluish cast and in northern climates, builders limit the number of windows on the northern side since it is the coldest exposure. For energy conservation these windows are often treated using insulated shades.
Eastern or morning light is warmer and sunnier, but also clear because impurities from yesterday have had a chance to settle during the night. Eastern light is also the most balanced, or full-spectrum, light. However, its brightness and clearness might render it warm, particularly in the morning. East-facing rooms tend to heat up rapidly and may hold the heat during the day. These windows are often treated using materials that diffuse the light, especially in summertime. A good covering might be a light-control blind or pleated shade. To block out early light in bedrooms, capitalize on the room-darkening options available using pleated shades.
Windows Facing West
Light from west-facing windows is the warmest in color and the hottest physically because the atmosphere heats up throughout the day. It is also often blurry, as the impurities of the day linger till nightfall. Since prolonged exposure to this strong light could be damaging to wood furniture and colored fabrics, particularly in summer, windows must generally be covered with a combination of light-diffusing, UV-ray-protecting treatments. Horizontal louvers or wood blinds and shutters function well here since the light can be allowed in but diffused onto the ceiling or floor.
South-facing windows are the most crucial natural light source since they receive sunlight year-round and cast a warm, golden glow on interiors. Nevertheless, this light will cause the greatest damage to your furnishings. Roller shades with opaque fabrics, Vignette window shadings, an updated Roman shade with softly contoured fabric folds that roll up into a sleek head rail, and Duette shades having triple layers of honeycombs are all good choices for a southern exposure