The building was designed to be seasonally expansive – generous in summer when livability expands onto the porches and private terraces, but also modest and efficient in winter. With its railing and floors bathed in sunlight, the southeastern porch seems especially inviting.
Spaces packed with an abundance of natural light are the best choices for using white effectively. Once the light hits the windows and is then diffused by lined window coverings, it floods the room with a visual softness that immediately creates a cozy atmosphere.
This exquisite wooden pergola is as stunning as it is practical. According to HGTV Smart Home 2015 designer Linda Woodrum, the space seems to always feel shaded, and that’s definitely a plus in hot Austin weather.
Sunlight streams in through two large windows, illuminating the white cabinets, appliances and countertop in this kitchen. An industrial pendant light hangs over a butcher block kitchen island, while a round table is positioned in one corner for casual family meals.
During renovation, the stairs in the living room were repositioned along the side wall, which allowed a new opening between the room and the adjacent kitchen and encouraged movement of light and views through the two spaces. Sculptural rings hang from the ceiling, emphasizing the height of the room, while glass partitions running along the stairs and landing allow for the generous Arizona sunlight to travel to all corners of the home.
The pool in the courtyard space of this Los Feliz home is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the filtered sunlight that flows through the trees in the evening. This gives poolgoers a break from the afternoon sun, while providing the perfect ambiance for an outdoor picnic.
An open family room, kitchen and breakfast nook is bathed in sunlight thanks to walls full of windows. Each space enjoys views of this Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., home's lush grounds and oasis-like swimming pool.
A wallcovering showcasing Southern plant and animal life is a dramatic design decision in a grand mirrored stairwell with a sunlight. Savage Interior Design completed the space for a Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City. MJ Atelier hand-applied plaster for the custom wallcovering. The black-and-white stairwell has a wrought iron railing and hardwood floors, while the landing has a dark sofa and nesting cocktail tables.
White, gray and neutral colors glow in the abundant natural light that floods the master bedroom. A textured cream area rug covers the hardwood to blend the floor into the bright color scheme. A black and white floral pillow adds a pop of contrast over the white bed linens.
On the front of the detached garage, metal sunshades with cutouts protect the library from the afternoon sun by filtering sunlight through the cutouts to provide just the right amount of light, giving the library space a warm, elegant feeling.
The family's golden retriever relaxes in the living room as morning sunlight pours through the windows. The wooden ornate child's chair and traditional sofa and wingback chair reinforce the room's classic style.
Screened porches serve as another living room, and these mantels can be stunning as well. Simply paint your mantle a color that complements the rest of the fireplace. Then separate a pair of hurricane candleholders to help fill the space. You can find hurricane candleholders for less than $25, and stores such as World Market sell them for less than $10 each.
Vanessa DeLeon designed this relatively dark dining room to receive some natural light from the large living room windows, filtered through a thin gold curtain. Other notable features include a rock table and bench combination.