Is your house dark no matter how many windows you open up? Are there covered porches or patios or maybe lots of trees shading your house causing it to feel dark inside even on a bright, sunny day?
Maybe you should consider some well placed skylights to bring light into your home.
My mother's house, a modest, zero-lot line home, has a skylight in her master bath. If it didn't, she would have no natural light in there and it would be pretty dismal in the morning and during the day.
My daughter's second floor apartment in LA (and this is not a luxury apartment, believe me) has a skylight in her bathroom. It makes such a huge difference since her bathroom is in the interior part of the apartment, with no window.
In our rental home in Australia, we had skylights in both of our bathrooms. Neither bathroom had windows. This home was a contemporary build and much like a zero lot line home. Luckily those skylights were there to bring in that natural light.
A skylight that floods a space with natural light is like the best dose of feel-good medicine in the world. :-)
I'm sharing some here today, for inspiration, just in case you have a dark, dreary place in your home, where a skylight might possibly bring some light into your world.
Check out more on these beautiful contemporary homes with skylights, toured on Dwell on Design's home tours.