Interior Design Strategies for Apartments with Lots of Sunlight

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Interior Design Strategies for Apartments with Lots of Sunlight

Staff Writer · Dec 20, 2009

Sunlight tends to transform a room, so be sure to adjust your interior design strategy if your apartment is well positioned to catch regular rays.

Consider yourself lucky! Not only do loads of sunlight boost morale, but they actually free up a lot of options as far as design and decor go. You are able to use darker colors as they won’t drab down a room, or you can emphasis the brightness and go light. Either way, nail down your design strategy and make the most of the natural, environmentally friendly light! Be sure to carefully consider your color schemes, fabric choices and furniture placement to make the most of this design element that the best lamps and light bulbs in the world can’t fake.

Position Properly

The amount of sunlight you’ll want pouring into your home will vary depending on the room you’re in, so be sure to arrange your furniture accordingly. While rays of natural can up your spirits, you probably don’t want sunlight blaring in your eyes at the earliest of hours, so be sure to place your bedroom furniture in the proper location to avoid being prematurely woken up by mother nature. You could place your bed right under your window so the sunlight is behind you and simultaneously use the windows as a sort of headboard.

If you’re shy about keeping your bed right under the window, consider using a Japanese style Shoji screen to filter the rays into your room and subdue the sunlight. In the same vein, proper furniture placement is essential to make the most of sunlight in the living room. You won’t want sunlight blinding you as you’re trying to watch TV, but you also don’t want the glare bouncing off the screen. Center your entertainment piece on a wall that’s least in the direct sunlight.

Select Colors and Fabrics Accordingly

Decide whether you want to emphasize the natural sunlight or subdue it and design from there. Use sheer fabrics as window treatments if you want sunlight to fill the room. You can opt for beige and lighter, colored sheers to filter the brightness, while still lighting up a room. Accentuate the room with brightly colored glass vases that will catch light and add interest, but in a subtle way.

If you’re more interested in the cozier den look, opt for Roman window shades over Venetian blinds. With more natural sunlight in the room, you are able to shy toward darker, earthier woods and fabrics, without having to worry about  the room being drab and dull. Let the bit of sunlight you allow into the room contrast with richer materials and chocolatey brown fabrics. Be sure to arm your room with appropriate lamps and lighting for when the sun goes down. Luckily you won’t have to turn them on much during the day and they won’t have to serve as a focal piece in the design scheme. Since you’re used to such beautiful, natural light during the day, look for equally soft light for night and stay away from harsh fluorescent bulbs.

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