We all know that sunrooms are structures that are either attached or integrated into the house to allow you enjoy the surrounding landscape. They protect from the harsh weather outside so they are perfect for any climate zone. It’s a perfect place to relax while enjoying a view, reading a book, meeting with friends, or even to sleeping.
If you’re designing a house from scratch, it’s a great idea to include at least a small sunroom into the plan. If you already have a home, don’t get upset. You can always build a sunroom extension that would even better because it’d have a glass roof and a great view of your mature garden.
Sunroom decorating ideas
There are many ways to decorate such room depending on its purpose. The most popular way is to turn into a room you’d be able to gather with friends and family. In that case, you have two options. You can turn it into a “living room” or into a “dining room”. Decorating it would be the same as decorating these two rooms. Although you can add much more greenery here because it’d thrive in the amount of sunlight it’d get. Although you’ll see on pictures below that you can turn a sunroom into a gym, into an indoor pool room, into a bathroom, into a bedroom and into other rooms too. With thoughtful layout, pretty fabrics, comfy furniture, and beautiful decor accents it’d become the most-used space in your house.
The most important thing you should consider when choosing the furniture is its ability to withstand harsh conditions. It’ll receive much more sunlight than in any other room so it should be well protected. For example, wood furniture need to be stained the same way as outdoor furniture, fabrics should be as durable as fabrics used outdoors, and so on.
With these things in mind, check the gallery of beautiful examples showing how a sunroom can be designed. You’ll definitely find a lot of ideas to plan and decorate your very own room to relax. Btw, if you search for inspiration in some special interior style, we have several more posts to help you with that:
Consider the Roof When Designing Your Sunroom
Unlike conservatories – with their glazed walls and roofs – which can be cold in winter and unbearably hot in the height of summer, a sunroom with a tiled or slated roof (as in this example by Arboreta) is designed to be used whatever the weather. An overhang also provides shade from the high summer sun.
Sunrooms Can Offer Year-round Use
As a sunroom should be suitable for use year-round; taking heating and cooling during both winter and summer months into consideration is essential. Make sure to consider things like underfloor heating, high levels of insulation and perhaps a woodburning stove, as in this Prime Oak addition.
Add Blinds to Create Shade in Your Sunroom When You Need It
Cooling spaces that feature large expanses of glazing is a tough job without sacrificing all the lovely clean lines and views most of us hope to create. The roman blinds used in this sunroom designed by David Salisbury protect the space from high temperatures without spoiling the aesthetic benefits.
Should the Sunroom be Open Plan?
Arboreta’s director Alex Cole advises: “The rule of thumb for sunrooms is that you will need to tackle more Building Regulations with an open-plan layout than you would with a closed-off layout. As an open-plan layout requires you to knock through a standing wall, there are more complications structurally to consider before building can begin.
Overcoming these regulations is a minor inconvenience when you weigh it up against the benefits of having an open-plan extension that links seamlessly with your home.”
Linking the Sunroom to the Main House
This sunroom by IQ Glass features a glass link that connects it to the main house creating one continuous space between the two rooms.
Let the Light In
There’s just something about a radiant and inviting sunroom that makes you want to peel off your clothes, throw on a robe, and curl up in those wonderfully warming rays. If you’re looking for sunroom inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to see images of screened-in porches that will give you major sun envy.
Like this jungle-inspired sunroom from arteferro decor, the perfect three-season space lets in the maximum amount of light from all angles. Whether you use it as a formal dining room like this designer did or you create a second living area, a great sunroom can easily become the most well-loved room in your home.
Make the Most of a Cozy Space
Though this sunroom from Curbly is small, every inch is used efficiently, creating the perfect nook for evening cocktails with friends. The bamboo furniture and accessories provide a modern-yet-vintage feel, and the loveseat fits just right. If you don’t already have a sunroom in your home, this quaint-but-adorable room proves you don’t need a lot of space to add a great little addition.
Do you want a glowing sunroom, but don’t have the money to create an expensive addition? This chic sunroom from The White Buffalo Styling Co. was once an unused, dingy shed—but it’s been given new life. By replacing the siding with screen panels and adding a coat of fresh paint, this once unsightly shed has been transformed into a place you’d love to hang out all day long. Add some string lights and a few fresh plants, and this becomes the perfect backyard oasis.
Black and White
This stunning sunroom seen on A Beautiful Mess proves that two basic colors can pack a punch. This three-season room is reminiscent of a chic New York cafe while providing a calming, airy place to unwind. Not only do houseplants look great, they often thrive in sunrooms by getting the perfect amount of light.
Go With the Flow
If your sunroom feels more like an extension of your home’s living room, creating a seamless flow—as seen in this room from Lavin Label—can expand the space and make your home feel even larger. The wide archway doors allow the space to feel airy, and the hanging bamboo swing provides the perfect whimsical (yet modern) touch.
Garden Pavilion Style
An 1830s Federal house in the Hudson Valley includes a screened-in garden pavilion where one can enjoy chic, semi-outdoor dining among the lush backyard. A vintage garden table from Finch is surrounded by Restoration Hardware dining chairs, supporting the modest yet whimsical vibe.
Country House Sunroom
A welcoming Bedford retreat includes an earthy, light-filled sunroom perfect for the whole family. The pale green palette blends in with the nature of the backyard, uniting the outdoors and indoors.
Wintery Lake Tahoe Retreat
The screened-in porch of this Lake Tahoe retreat functions as a year-round extension of the living room, with a custom LaLune Collection table, a Mecox Gardens cocktail table, and a Lee Industries sofa and pillow. A stone fireplace keeps the space warm, while freshly-fallen snow shines from outside.
Energized Sonoma Valley Lake House
A Sonoma Valley Lake House’s entryway and sunroom is rippling with bold color, which extends to a statement ceiling that makes the space feel energized yet tranquil. The sofa is in a Perennials denim, the leather armchairs are from Sonoma Country Antiques, and the brass cocktail table and rug were purchased at the Brimfield Antique Show.
Hamptons Farmhouse Porch
A screened-in porch was added during the remodel of this Bridgehampton farmhouse, complete with cozy dining and lounging areas. Pale wood furniture, stone flooring, and lantern-style lights honor the aesthetic of the “old Hamptons.”
Now you can lounge around in a hammock no matter what the weather is outside. A rattan hanging chair is the ultimate coastal cool accessory.
Create a summery vibe by mounting latticework in a sunroom. Fresh green paint adds to the garden feel.
This vibrant sunroom combines the: bold wallpaper, circular mirrors, and of course, millennial pink.
For an indoor/outdoor feel, paint the ceiling a pale-blue lacquer. Theadd an unexpected texture.
This sunroom also functions as the entrance to a 1950s ranch. Two pairs of double glass doors create an indoor-outdoor flow. This way, the room really feels more like a patio.
Swapping in new accessories can play up an existing color palette. A light lavender hue cools down this solarium, while pops of pink on the throw pillows and accent chair pack just the right amount of punch.
Folding stools double as sling-style seating or lightweight accent tables in this sunroom, and they’re easy to move around the house as you please. (They’d look doubly cute at the foot of a bed!)
Put your green thumb to work by turning your sunroom into a designated gardening hub. Equipping a small table with some tools and planters completes the greenhouse transformation.
With an intricately patterned bone inlay, this hexagonal coffee table steals the show, but use your sunroom to showcase your own eclectic style and favorite found pieces.
Choose Practical Flooring for Your Sunroom
A stone or tiled floor (as seen in this space by GreenRooms by Oakwrights) is not only a robust addition but is also easy to clean — essential in a room which opens up to the garden. It can also provide thermal benefit as it pairs well with underfloor heating, keeping the chill off the room in winter, but is also good at keeping the room cool in the summer months.
Choose the Right Artificial Lighting for Your Sunroom
A good lighting scheme is paramount. Here, in this contemporary-style sunroom by Westbury Garden Rooms, a characterful collection of pendant lights hang from the central points of the roof structure, with downlights illuminating the perimeter of the room.
Add Your Sunroom on a South Facing Elevation to Make the Most of the Sun
Locating a sunroom on a southern elevation allows for the space to make the most of the light, as in this David Salisbury sunroom. Although be sure to consider overheating in glazed spaces facing south. Tan Yasin of IQ Glass advises: “A solar control coating can reduce solar gain while creating a comfortable internal environment.”
Maximise Light and Views with a Double-Height Sunroom
Who says sunrooms need to be single storey? This double-height space luxuriates in natural light and offers a beautiful in-between zone before venturing out into the garden. Large swathes of glazing feature in this aluminium sunroom by Apropos.
Opt for a Sympathetic Design for a Listed Building
Older and listed houses lend themselves well to more sympathetic approaches in design. This timber frame sunroom by Prime Oak incorporates similar materials to the cottage it adjoins — from the wood stain used on the external joinery to the stone roof tiles and stone plinth.
Try an Outdoor Fireplace
Do you want a way to get a few more months out of your sunroom? This fun space from Nellie Bellie has one standout feature: a fireplace that can keep your sunroom alive through the winter months. Adding a sunroom fireplace can turn your three-season room into a four-season one—as long as you don’t mind cozying up with a robe and a pair of fluffy slippers.
Move Your Office “Outside”
Are you lucky enough to have a job where you can work from home? Creating an office sunroom such as this chic space from The Pink Pagoda can make those long workdays that much more pleasant. A comfortable desk chair and dependable Wi-Fi are all you need to create a home office that will ensure you never want to commute to work again.
A Sunny Play Place
Are you worried about your kids spending too much time inside? This playroom from Walk Among the Homes is stylish and functional, creating a perfect sunny space for your kids to play in all year long.
Add a Hammock
The best sunrooms bring both the best of the indoors and outdoors together, and there’s no better way to blend them than with a hammock—as seen in this space from The Little Corner on Tumblr. You can’t help but feel like you’re on vacation the minute you lay down in a hammock, so why not indulge in an indoor one and get a dose of that relaxed feeling all the time?
A White Palette
If you want to make your sunroom feel like an extension of your home, this all-white color scheme from homebunch has a chic, living room-like feel. Styling a monochromatic white room can help a space feel open and breezy and offers a high level of versatility that should suit almost any sunroom.
Beverly Hills Bay Window
A cushioned banquette with neutral-tone pillows fits the contours of a bay window at a 1920s house in Beverly Hills, California, decorated by Waldo Fernandez. A pair of Windsor chairs and a traditional English gateleg table add rustic charm.
Front Porch in Columbia County
Wood-frame windows enclose the front porch of the Columbia County, New York, cottage shared by designer Dale Saylor and stylist Joe Williamson. A 19th-century folding bench is topped with pillows covered in antique grain sacks, and the Czech wood-and-fabric chair is from the 1950s.
San Antonio Screened Porch
At decorator Gwynn Griffith’s home in San Antonio, Texas, forest-green shades hang in the double-height screened porch. The suspended sofa and wicker chair are accessorized with pillows covered in African textiles. The side table is by John Dickinson; stained concrete floors nod to the building’s industrial past.
Sunroom in Tuxedo Park
Red-and-white upholstery and an array of topiaries bring color to the grandly scaled sunroom of a Tuxedo Park, New York, home decorated by Ernest de la Torre. A woven rattan chaise and vintage armchairs surround a Jean-Michel Frank-inspired cocktail table.
Long Island Porch
Architect Bill Ryall designed a sunny porch for the Long Island home he shares with curator Barry Bergdoll. The casual dining area includes a 1950s butterfly chair and a plywood-top table with industrial folding legs. Simple wood framing holds the stainless-steel screens in place.