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    Hey - I moved into a new place a few months ago, and my room has an attached sun room. The goal is to use it as a reading room and place to relax in a comfy chair. Problem is that I'll probably want to keep hanging out in there in the winter, when daylight hours are limited.

    I'm thinking brightly colored curtains? Festive solar powered lights? And maybe also I could put my S.A.D. light in there and use that as my recharge station every morning?

    I'll edit the OP with photos when I have a chance to take some tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    Hey - I moved into a new place a few months ago, and my room has an attached sun room. The goal is to use it as a reading room and place to relax in a comfy chair. Problem is that I'll probably want to keep hanging out in there in the winter, when daylight hours are limited.

    I'm thinking brightly colored curtains? Festive solar powered lights? And maybe also I could put my S.A.D. light in there and use that as my recharge station every morning?

    I'll edit the OP with photos when I have a chance to take some tonight.
    Sounds wonderful. I'd love a room like that. As it is I am just happy ot be moving into a 2-bdrm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuu View Post
    Sounds wonderful. I'd love a room like that. As it is I am just happy ot be moving into a 2-bdrm.
    It is wonderful! And I know your feel.

    The price I pay for this life of luxury is having five roommates - plus my room is, I think, the most expensive room in the house. But it's a pretty amazing deal for that price, and for the area.
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    Added photos to the OP.

    (You can see that there's a weird storage nook off to the side. I'm also interested in ideas for how to make that a bit less messy looking. Maybe buying a small screen of some kind? Or just more attractive storage?)
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    Looks super cheery to me! One or two bright, simple prints or pieces of artwork could do the trick too, warm colors, like yellow.
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    I would recommend candles, incense, or potpourri.
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    Quote Originally Posted by captain curmudgeon View Post
    I would recommend candles, incense, or potpourri.
    Yep. The papasans chair is a great start (you can also buy different covers for them). I would change out the window treatments to bamboo blinds and maybe a more sheer curtain - that way you would maximize light but there would be good texture and you could close them if need be. A brightly colored rug, for the storage area something more functional - a rack with basket cubbies or something like that.
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    I think keeping any sort of plant life is a great addition. If low light levels for part or all year round, just look for plants that do ok in low or indirect light settings. And if you typically kill plants, succulents and cactus are a great way to go (unless your issue is over-watering).

    And, I second warm colors, and any decor you find really uplifting or that you just find pleasure looking at / being surrounded by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cascadeco View Post
    I think keeping any sort of plant life is a great addition. If low light levels for part or all year round, just look for plants that do ok in low or indirect light settings. And if you typically kill plants, succulents and cactus are a great way to go (unless your issue is over-watering).

    And, I second warm colors, and any decor you find really uplifting or that you just find pleasure looking at / being surrounded by.
    I agree with plants. Lucky bamboo or the lucky money trees are totally easy to grow plus they're very feng shui-y if that's important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cascadeco View Post
    I think keeping any sort of plant life is a great addition. If low light levels for part or all year round, just look for plants that do ok in low or indirect light settings. And if you typically kill plants, succulents and cactus are a great way to go (unless your issue is over-watering).

    And, I second warm colors, and any decor you find really uplifting or that you just find pleasure looking at / being surrounded by.
    Plant life is strongly seconded. Also, find ways to maximize natural light if you can.
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