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How much damage can sunlight cause to my stuff?

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The question

I live on the fifth floor of an apartment building and overlook a sea of treetops. I love the light and have no window treatments. Should I be worried about sun damage to my art and furniture?

The answer

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When it comes to surface damage of all types, the sun can indeed be cruel. Protectionwise, you can shield art behind glass and/or put a 3M coating on windows to guard against UV rays. To avoid damaging art at all, you should place it away from direct sunlight on a north-facing wall. As for furniture, the same rules apply – situate as much as possible outside of direct sunlight and choose durable fabrics for upholstery. Silks will literally disintegrate before your eyes. Best bet: Have motorized sun shades installed above the windows to both maintain views and protect rooms from the sun with the touch of a button.

Follow architect and interior designer Dee Dee Taylor Eustace on Twitter: @ddtaylordd. Have a design problem? E-mail

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