By Laura Gaskill, Houzz
A sunny corner of the home with loads of windows is known as a sunroom or sunporch, and it makes the perfect spot to catch a few morning rays along with a cup of coffee, or relax as a summer afternoon winds down (with a little help from a fan and a cold drink). As it has more protection from the elements than a screen porch (a sunroom or sunporch always has windows that close), you’re not limited to indoor-outdoor furniture, which opens up more possibilities. Depending on how it’s outfitted, the sunroom can function as an overflow space for parties, a breakfast nook, a den and more. Here are 6 ideas for styling your sunporch to make the most of this sunny sliver of space.
Victorian Sunroom, original photo on Houzz
1. Tropical color. Outdoor furniture with clean lines and a cool resin coffee table are perked up by bright pillows and a sunny yellow tray in this coastal sunroom. A tropical-style fan and vases of large leaves finish the space with flair.
Colonial Reproductions Inc, original photo on Houzz
2. Preppy wicker. You can’t go wrong with a simple matching wicker furniture set (love seat, armchairs and glass-top coffee table) on the sunporch; it’s the accessories that can set it apart. Give your furniture flair with cushions in a classic preppy color combo, like the citrine and hot pink on the Greek-key-patterned pillows here.
Renaissance South Construction Co, original photo on Houzz
3. Beachy den. The colors of sand and surf soothe — try pale aqua on the ceiling, sandy gray on the walls and crisp white trim. If you plan to use the space as a den, invest in window coverings that will block the sun’s glare as needed. In this sunroom, clerestory windows left uncovered allow in natural light even when the shades are pulled down.
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Charmean Neithart Interiors, original photo on Houzz
4. Tranquil escape. Get more of a Zen feeling in your life by turning your sunroom into a dedicated meditation and relaxation space. Here, a soft blue ceiling, red lantern and carved wood daybed set an exotic tone. A low tea table and floor cushions provide a spot for meditating or relaxing.
Andrew Howard Interior Design, original photo on Houzz
5. Surf inspired. Provide a postbeach hangout zone with a laid-back collection of mismatched furniture and seaside artwork. Unfussy upholstery fabrics and slipcovers are best when damp swimsuits and sand may make an appearance. For an unexpected touch of color, paint just the interior window frames a vibrant blue — and if you have a surfboard or boogie board, go ahead and lean it casually against the wall.
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Lauren Leonard Interiors, original photo on Houzz
6. Reader’s paradise. For a sunroom that gets even more use in the cool months, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a circle of comfy armchairs make an inviting spot for plopping down with a good book. A wide-striped rug and carved wood coffee table keep the space here feeling fresh and beachy, not stuffy.