Winter can be a dark time for many of us. Less natural light and warmth can cause Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression that is completely curable.
With most of our time spend indoors during daytime hours, interior spaces need volume; light and character. But how can this be achieved in a cost effective manner?
Why not try one of the following:
Adding a mirror to a room not only opens the space optically, it will also reflect the light that does naturally penetrate the interior. Mirrors can also add aesthetic value.
Replace old bulky window frames with lighter aluminium frames. The strength of this material also ensures that windows can be larger, letting in more light.
If you are worried about extra internal heat generated through larger windows, there is also the option of new types of glass, such as Low-E that will let through all the light but block UV rays.