Daylight varies throughout the day. In the morning, the waking day slowly brings light into the interior. In the evening, the day fades away and with it the natural light is replaced by the artificial one. Light is also changing due to the changing weather. The interior reflects a clear day, as well as the upcoming rain. The interior changes its appearance due to the position of the sun. Furthermore, the sun’s light colour changes with the seasons.
Why the reflection all of these changes through place if living is so important? It is important that we perceive changes through the interior of the outside world and also adapt them. Most of these perceptions happen on the subconscious level but they are crucial for our existence.
The view of the outside is one of the most important factors. It provides us with the contact and enables us to retrieve information about the external environment. The second level may be a bit less conscious, the psychological impact of the outside view. Studies have shown that patients in hospitals recover more quickly when having a view of the outside.
Daylight has long been associated with health. The Roman architect Vitruvius wrote the following: “The architect must choose a place of light, as he also has to carefully and harmoniously plan the building, so that the building has a beneficial effect on the health of its residents.” Already in the 1st century BC, Vitruvius analysed the qualitative and quantitative impacts of daylight. At the same time, he proposed detailed rules for the assessment of an appropriate place illuminated by natural daylight.
The effect of light on human well-being and quality of life
Light affects our behaviour and well-being more than you might realize. For thousands of years, the impulses from the living environment have been deposited in the form of unconscious pattern behaviour also known as biorhythm. Natural light is one of the essential factors that affect it. In the morning, light is different than at noon or in the evening. In New York it is different than in Barcelona or Paris. All of this affects our physiological processes in the body and our soul. If you enter a dark room, you can get in a bad mood. However, if you come to a bright place, you can improve your well-being. In principle, the warm white light is more enjoyable, because it gives us a sense of comfort, shelter, safety, kindness and even love.
Sunlight creates a welcoming atmosphere. Houses with lots of natural light and good views have a greater value. Natural light represents luxury!