What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking about your dream home? For most folks, they love living spaces that are flooded with natural light. There’s just something about waking up to daylight streaming through the window or seeing the soft rays of the fading sunset at night that makes a living space feel like home!
If your small apartment practically glows during the day thanks to sun-filled windows, there are ways to maximizing these sunny spots to create an even homier abode!
If you are still unsure what to do with these sunny spaces, here are design inspirations you should explore:
Controlling the (Day) Light
Sun-filled windows add exuberance and life to a small apartment but let’s face it, the intense light is quite stark. Watching TV, taking naps or holding a conversation can be a struggle if the room is too dang sunny! Thankfully, you can control the amount of light that streams in the room using curtains.
Tone down the stark daylight using gauzy curtains in a neutral shade. Neutral curtains work better than dark-colored curtains in this kind of setting because light-colored curtains won’t block out the natural light completely. Neutral curtains add softness to the room by filtering the natural daylight. What’s more, neutral colors do not absorb heat so these toned-down shades won’t cause the indoor temps to rise.
Morning Sit Down
If you are one of the lucky few with a sun-filled window set in a blank corner, you can take advantage of the morning daylight by decorating this spot with a table and chairs. Use this corner to sun yourself in the morning while drinking a cup of coffee or tea!
Sunlight is good for you! Studies show that exposure to morning light boosts the body’s production of vitamin D, better known as the sunshine vitamin. In addition, sunlight improves productivity and combats depression! Exposure to sunlight triggers the release of happy hormones in the body. Sunning yourself in the morning while nursing a cuppa joe mindfully is a terrific way to start the day!
Hang Your Houseplants
Some plants love shady spots, others crave the full sun! If you keep several sun-loving houseplants in your small apartment, hanging them in sun-filled windows will keep them happy and healthy.
Even better, the hanging plants could work as a natural light filter; you can use the houseplants to control the light that floods the room. Apart from hanging planters, you can also put your terrariums on display while taking advantage of sunny spaces. Bowls of sun-loving succulents would look great hanging by the window!
Hanging Pet Perch
Just like some peeps, pets, particularly cats, love snoozing on a sunny spot. A sunny window is a prime real estate for your furry friends so why not install a pet bed by the window so your pet has a place to take a relaxing nap?
Here’s an easy tutorial to try this weekend! You can use everyday items like a wicker basket, a crate, or a wooden box to create a dreamy hanging perch for your cats.
A Reading Nook
Are you a voracious reader? If you love catching up on your reading then you can turn any sunny corner into a reading nook. Sunny spots are the perfect places for book reading because the daylight that streams through the window will motivate you to spend more time reading a book.
You don’t need a complicated set up for a reading nook either. A low-lying table and a chair + a shelf to hold your book collection are all you need to build a cozy reading nook. Decorate your reading nook with houseplants, colorful throws, or a statement rug and your set up is complete.
A work desk is great to have if you’d like to get things done at home. You can set your home office in a sunny space. The sunshine vitamin makes you more productive, after all!
Again, no need for a complicated set up for your work desk especially if your small apartment has little room to spare for a home office. You can start with the basics such as a desk and chair, computer + computer essentials, file cabinet, etc. Always consider the scale when decorating your space so the end result won’t take a huge chunk of your floor space.
Keeping your office supplies organized is also key to creating a calm space so make sure your work desk is always in order. If the sun gets too intense by mid-morning, just install blinds or curtains so you can control the amount of daylight that streams into your home office.
This is another excellent idea for sunny spaces by the window. You can transform this space into a cozy lounge area for your family and guests to enjoy!
Just set a low-lying cabinet on the sunny spot, add cushions and a throw, then finish up with a table and a couple of chairs. You can add more decors – such as area rugs, houseplants, artworks, etc., – later to warm up the space even more.
If you’ve always wanted to grow your own garden but your small apartment has zero room to spare, why not turn any sunny spot into an herb garden? Most herbs love sunny to partially sunny spots like your kitchen windowsill.
As your herbs grow, the plants could help filter the sunlight if the sun gets too intense. Also, you’ll always have a supply of fresh herbs on hand as you cook!
If you have loads of canning jars or mason jars lying around, you can use these as planters for the herbs. Just fill the bottom of the jars with pebbles or gravel then top with potting soil. Plant your choice of herbs and set the planters by the windowsill. That’s all there is to it!