The trend of bringing the comforts of the indoors to the outdoors with patios, pools, and decks is all well and good. But bringing a bit of the outdoors in has been around much longer. The sunroom has been a luxury for centuries and now it’s making a comeback.
The best thing about sunrooms is that you can soak up the sun all year long without ever leaving your home. Here are some sunroom ideas to spur your imagination.
Windows are the foundation of the sunroom. You don’t have a sunroom without plenty of light and that means windows. Skylights or glass ceilings let even more light in but they aren’t necessary to have a sunroom.
Light, wispy draperies, or no draperies at all, enhance the light. Light colored paint on the walls and light-toned tile on the floor open up the space and reflect the light. Mirrors are another great way to increase light in your sunroom design year round.
Furnishings and Color
How you furnish your sunroom really depends on how you intend to use your space. The trend is toward items that are more permanent indoor pieces rather than the wicker and weave of the outdoor furnishings.
Because of all that sunlight, you will want furnishings that can take outdoor conditions so you can limit fading and other damage from prolonged sun exposure. With outdoor living such a big trend right now, there are lots of upscale materials to choose from like outdoor velvets, leather, and chenille.
The sunroom is a part of the house so it should flow into the décor and colors in neighboring rooms, but it is also set apart from the rest of the house and can get away with being a little different. Some bold or bright color is very welcome in sunroom design.
Start with a neutral base then accessorize in your favorite colors and patterns. Bold colored stripes are a favorite and one that never goes out of style. Patterned throw pillows and rugs on the floor help define the space as one that you’ll love to be in all year round.
The sunroom isn’t just for a couple seasons of the year. It can transition from a springtime entertaining space to a cozy winter reading nook with a few thoughtful details.
Include a fireplace in your sunroom plans or bring in a portable electric version to keep things warm in the cold months. You can even plan to bring in central air and heating so the sunroom is the perfect temperature all year long.
Most sunroom design features some type of hard flooring that gives the room a more durable and rustic feel. Concrete, brick, wood, and tile are the classic options. For some softness or to break up the room, a large rug does the trick.
Tile offers the most types of designs with the durability you want in the sunroom. Select a stone tile or stone-look tile for upscale sunroom flooring. Wood-look tile offers you the realistic look of wood with the promises of porcelain. A fabric-look tile in a light shade might be just the thing to give your sunroom some coziness.
The sunroom is a smaller room that can take on unique floor designs like a colorful mosaic or an interesting shape like a hexagon. Don’t be afraid to get creative in your sunroom design.