A sunroom is likely to be your favorite room in the house if you have one. Sunrooms provide natural light during the day and beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. They also offer a place to unwind and relax in the evening.
In the 17th century, sunrooms were first created. Sunrooms gained popularity in the 19th century when steel and large-paned glass became more affordable and easily available. Sunrooms were originally screened-in porches. These allowed for views to the outside, but dirt and other debris made it difficult.
Sunrooms are an important feature in many historic homes and new constructions. Sunrooms come in many styles, including French doors that open onto a patio or deck, vinyl, wood or aluminum around windows that span from floor to ceiling, and can also include brick and concrete surrounds.
Sunrooms are also known as conservatories or solariums. Many sunrooms can be used all year. Some have central heating and air.
You can make their interior as extravagant or as simple as you like. You can use elements such as curtains, sheers and fireplaces, whether they are electric, gas, or wood-burning. Ceiling fans, chandeliers, and wall sconces add character, function, and charm.
Sunroom Design Tips
These are the top tips from Abbe Fenimore (owner and principal designer of studio ten 25), to create the perfect sunroom in your home.
Fenimore states that making a sunroom an extension to your home is a key part of choosing color for the room. Try adding pillows and accessories that match the existing colors in your home.
She suggests that you use a neutral room base. Gray and navy are great places to start. You can layer with bold colors in the spring, summer and fall, and warm tones for the winter and fall.
Fenimore believes that sunrooms are becoming more interior-oriented. She recommends that designers save wicker and other wovens for outdoor spaces.
She says that sunrooms are a great place to enjoy comfortable seating in fabrics such as outdoor velvets, leathers, and chenilles.
Many people won’t mind giving up their sunroom after the summer and spring are over. Fenimore states that sunrooms are great for creating TV rooms or reading nooks during the winter months. You can always bring an electric heater or portable fireplace to add warmth.
Sunroom flooring is typically made of concrete, bricks, wood, or tile. A large sunroom will have area rugs that add texture and help to define spaces. You should leave intricate floor designs like brick or mosaic tiles unattended.
Sunrooms are a great place for plants to thrive. They filter the air naturally and bring the outside in. Begonias are a popular choice for sunrooms. They can produce beautiful blooms year after année and require little maintenance.
Another great option for adding greenery in your sunroom is peace lilies. They are tall and fill in the corners, while also balancing larger furniture pieces.
Sunrooms can provide a sanctuary for you and your family as well as for your pets and other plants. What do you envision your perfect sunroom looking like? Take a look at our gallery to see 30 sunroom designs that will inspire you.