You may not notice it immediately, but as the last days of June slip into early July, the sun’s path across the sky begins to shorten, in terms of both height and duration. As a result, your home’s exposure to daylight will not only diminish slowly until winter, but the trajectory of direct sunlight into your home will also change, as the angle of the sun changes almost imperceptibly from day to day. This is a golden opportunity to make note of how sunlight strikes your home’s interior and exterior garden or balcony, so you can compare it to the lighting in the coming seasons. This can help you decide where to place various furnishings, plants and decor to make the most of your living spaces.

For example, drapery can help suppress sunlight exposure in the summer, while interior mirrors can help maximize it in the winter. Tracking and adjusting your space for sunlight year-round could help you save energy by reducing your need for air conditioning, heating, and/or lighting. Furthermore, you could help prevent fabric-covered furnishings, carpets and hanging artwork from fading over time simply by rearranging them twice a year.