For the past few months, we have had the luxury the summer sun flowing freely into our homes. But as autumn draws closer, the days get shorter, cooler, and darker. For some, having less light around will affect our mood for the worse. If you’re hoping to combat the moody days of fall and winter for either yourself or a family member, increase the amount of natural light at home with light filtering curtains.
When Should We Pay Attention to Decreasing Light?
Between the first and last days of September, New Yorkers get approximately one less hour of daylight. Our winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, falls on December 21st and leaves us with just over nine hours with the sun. In the upcoming months, we should expect a noticeable decline in the length of our days.
How Do the Shorter Days Affect Our Lives?
We know that light is good for us. Studies have found that the strongest predictor of optimism is the length of exposure to sunshine. Optimistic people cope with stress better, which decreases the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. They also tend to have more friends and a stronger social network to rely on. Other studies have shown that mood improves when light is perceived as just right, whereas mood is at its lowest level when it is too dark. However, when it is too bright, mood will dip. Therefore, it is extremely important to carefully monitor the amount of light in your families and homes.
How Can Light Filtering Curtains Boost Optimism and Mood in My Household?
Curtains and shades can make a dramatic impact on the environment of your home. In order to optimize how they can block or allow light to filter through, we recommend using double-layer drapes. Underneath, sheer light filtering curtains will allow an appropriate amount of light in, while the thicker outer layer will prevent too much light from disrupting your mood. Having exceptional curtains may help you and your family increase your levels of optimism and boost your mood, both of which are linked to highly beneficial health effects.
Our wellbeing and mood are too important to leave to the whims of dull lighting. At Howard’s Upholstery, our excellent variety of window drapes and shades can fit your every need. Our collection contains hundreds of textures, patterns, and styles. If you are unsure of what exactly you need, our staff members can provide unparalleled service to help you find the unique drape, shades, or shutters for you. Don’t let drab or unremarkable curtains prevent you from being the best version of yourself!