3 Ways to Style Your Sunroom
A sunroom is a transitional space that offers outdoor views without exposure to the elements. Consider your home’s functional and stylistic needs when creating the perfect sunroom. Transform your sunroom into extra living space, a hideaway, a fun dining area, or simply the relaxing place where you can step away from the rest of the world for a spell.
Most sunrooms have concrete, wood, or tile floors. Take the edge off hard floors with a rug that will soften the space. Because sunrooms get so much, well, sun, look for a rug made of polypropylene or polyester so the dye will not fade as quickly.
A sunroom is aptly named because the mostly glass walls allow sunlight to fill and warm the room. Even if you have central air-conditioning, keep the air fresh and moving with a ceiling fan.
No matter how you choose to use your sunroom, seating is a must. Whether it’s a comfy chair where you can cozy up with a book or window seats that let you soak in the sun, make rest and relaxation a priority.
Use window treatments to diffuse sunlight when your sunroom gets too hot or bright. Roman shades are minimal and easy while curtains create a formal look.
Work with the airiness of your sunroom by incorporating a hanging chair or hammock into your design. This fun piece of furniture allows you to enjoy the relaxing sway of a hammock while giving your room a light, floating feel.
Seize the opportunity to give your indoor plants the same sunlight as if they were outside. While plants are great accents themselves, make a statement with colorful pots, hanging planters, and wall planters.
Use garden accents to reinforce the outdoor theme inside your sunroom. Garden stools, statues, and fountains can be right at home among your sunroom decor while adding a personal touch.
Put shelves, baskets, and storage benches to work in your sunroom. Display photos and collectibles, store board games, and keep your favorite books on hand with well-placed bookcases. Baskets can also help you corral blankets, shoes, and toys.
The indoor garden, or conservatory, was popular in the Victorian era, and it became a classic look. A Victorian-style sunroom — brimming with beautiful plants and accented with wrought iron furniture — will have you ready for afternoon tea or quiet time with a good book. Tie this area to indoor living with soft home accents, and you’ll create a quaint, year-round garden escape.
Indoor Garden Essentials
Outdoor Area Rug
Remember, a sunroom is supposed to be a transitional space. An outdoor rug helps with that transition: the look and feel of indoor home decor in a low-maintenance material that won’t fade in the sun.
No need to limit your space by grounding your plants. Choose hanging planters for an immersive garden atmosphere. Sturdy plastic or metal planters are classic while macrame and wicker planters add a Boho look.
The visual weight of wrought iron provides hardy elegance in the midst of your indoor garden. Accent your space with a wrought iron bench, or opt for a full patio dining set with a wrought iron table and chairs.
Outdoor cushions are not only easy to maintain, but they also add comfort to wood, wicker, and iron garden furniture. The fade-resistant material is always beneficial in a space exposed to sun, and the look and feel are just as homey as indoor cushions.
When TV, video games, and kids take over your living room, a sunroom can be the perfect, unplugged retreat. Make this area a bright sitting room for reading during the day and as a setting for good conversation when company is over. With all the comforts of a living space in a patio-like area, your sunroom as a sitting room is a win-win.
Sitting Room Essentials
Every room should have at least one comfy chair. Pull a wingback chair or rocking chair close to the window or next to a daybed to embrace the look of an outdoor lounge.
To make your sun porch even more versatile, add a day bed. If you have guests, a day bed can offer additional sleeping space, but can otherwise serve as a cozy couch.
Bring a coffee table into your sunroom design to make it stylish and accommodating. A wicker coffee table or a coffee table with a glass insert works well with the outdoor feel of your sunroom.
Rely on an area rug to ground your design so that everything from furniture to wall decor is tied together. For extra cheer, choose a bright or patterned rug to bring out the natural light in your sunroom.
Use your sunroom as a dining room for everyday casual meals or dress it up for a unique and formal dining atmosphere. When you still want garden views but you don’t want the weather to put a damper on your get-together, a sunroom allows you to bring your dinner party inside.
To create a flexible dining room that accommodates both sunny brunches and evening cocktail parties, start with the basics then add in little sparks of luxury.
Dining Room Essentials
Shed some light on your evening meals and add sparkle during the day with a chandelier. Choose a less formal chandelier to set a casual mood in your sunroom dining area. For a dramatic look, go for something more ornate with details that contrast with a sunroom’s outdoorsy feel.
A bar cart is mobile and serves your dining needs day and night. If you want to serve breakfast in your sunroom, use your bar cart as a coffee station. In the afternoons and evenings, get the party started by using your bar cart as a cocktail bar.
Plush Area Rug
A neutral, plush rug underfoot adds texture to a sunroom while keeping the room’s design flexible. A grey or cream shag rug works with a sunroom’s brightness during the day and transitions well to evening.
This sun porch classic has a light and comfy appeal that is always in style. Wicker is durable, but has a more cozy and eye-catching look than traditional patio furniture. Incorporate wicker into your sunroom dining area with wicker chairs and baskets, or go Coastal with a wicker chandelier.