As a general rule, interior decorators do not recommend placing furniture near windows. There are many reasons for this. For a start, furniture placement near the windows can block natural light. This can make the room look small and crowded.
Then again, if you place chairs or a sofa next to a window, the space can be too cold or too hot. That’s clearly not how to create a comfortable sitting area. In some locations, humidity or rain can affect the condition of wood and fabric.
Before you start pushing your furniture away from the windows at home, wait a minute. As with all other interior décor rules, there are ways around this. You could have many large windows, and no option but to place furniture near them, for example.
Here are seven things to consider while placing furniture near a window. Read on to find out how many of these you can put into practice. To keep your interiors comfortable and filled with light.
1. Maximising Light
The layout of some rooms is such that you can’t help blocking part of a window with furniture. In such cases, you can still try to maximise the natural light that remains. Place a mirror opposite the window, if possible. Or make use of reflective surfaces in other parts of the room. A lighting plan that smartly illuminates darker parts of the space is also a good idea. In these ways, you can compensate for less natural light and prevent your room from looking gloomy.
2. Using Plants
Chests and tables with potted plants on them are perfect to place next to windows. The light will make the plants thrive and the green will add a touch of freshness to the room. Ideally, such furniture should be low and long, so that the window is unblocked, as is seen with the sofa in the picture below. Another helpful tip is to get a chest with storage space. With open shelves, you can keep magazines and other reading material. With closed cabinets, you can keep tableware or any other household material.
3. Trying Work Tables
Now that working from home is the new normal, many of us have workspaces at home. A small work table and chair can be perfectly positioned next to a window. This will give you the advantage of natural light while you work. The chair could face the window if the view outside is soothing. Or you could have your back to it, which means a properly backlit workspace. Either way, you may never feel like returning to the office again.
4. Considering Reading Areas
The space under a window can be perfect for reading books and magazines – or simply checking new Instagram posts on your phone. You can create a reading nook by placing a comfortably padded armchair or a low stool next to a window. Or you could get a low divan with throw cushions that will tempt you to spend hours on it. Every once in a while, you even can look up and out of the window to prevent eyestrain. That’s a win-win.
5. Positioning Sofas
If you have no option but to place a sofa next to a window, try to position it slightly away from the wall. This will make the people sitting on it more comfortable, without highs and lows in temperature. If your city faces extreme summers and winters, you can make use of blackout curtains during the former and warm blankets during the latter. If you have the space and a great view, you could consider placing a sofa and some chairs in a semi-circle facing the window. This will be a great location for guests to relax and admire the scenery.
6. Placing Beds
You could be lucky enough to have a bedroom with large windows and lots of light. On the other hand, this may mean that there’s no other place for your bed but near a window. In this situation, try and place the bed slightly away from the wall to create some breathing room. Forget about four-poster beds and those with large headboards. These will only block more of the light. A bed with a low profile headboard will work well. Take it a step further by mixing and matching colours and textures in window curtains and bed cushions.
7. Creating Built-in Benches
Sometimes, placing chairs or sofas next to windows creates obstructions in the way of those walking through the room. This is especially the case with smaller urban apartments. Here, you can consider low wooden and even padded benches along the bottom of the window. This creates the much-needed sitting space without cluttering up the rest of the room.
Windows apart, there are so many other ways to create delightful interiors. To find out more, book a free session with the design experts at HomeLane. So you can give your home and workspaces the boost they deserve.