26 Bright + Happy Sunroom Design Ideas

Sunshine + air conditioning = paradise.

While the great outdoors are, um, great, sometimes the mood calls for a lazy day indoors, curled up with a good book and a large cup of coffee. And what better place to do that than in a room filled with sunshine and comfy chairs?

With indoor/outdoor living and nature-inspired design on the rise, it's no wonder we've been seeing more and more stunning transitional spaces in our newsfeeds. If you're loving this trend or simply looking to give your current space a refresh, keep scrolling for a little sun-filled inspiration.

Hangin' Around

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Pops of Bright Color

Lovely Screened Porch With Bright Drapery

Lovely Screened Porch With Bright Drapery

Without any true carpentry skills or heavy labor, what was a humdrum screened-in porch is now a colorful multipurpose place for lounging and entertaining thanks to a sectional sofa, clever use of rugs and mismatched grouping of tables.

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Seating for...Everyone!

What was once a humdrum screened-in porch is now a colorful, multipurpose place for lounging and entertaining thanks to a sectional sofa, clever use of rugs and mismatched grouping of tables.

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Multiple Rugs

Give your porch the look of custom flooring with indoor-outdoor rugs paired together. A seamless look was created here since the pattern repeat of the rug was matched in the center, creating the look of wall-to-wall carpet.

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Garden Stools

Here, garden stools were added to the porch to provide additional seating for guests. The stools can also be used as extra serving space for drinks and casual meals.

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Bistro Set

Instantly add dining space to your porch with a space-saving bistro set. Here, a collapsible bistro table is paired with collapsible chairs in front of a vintage wooden dresser that serves as a plant stand.

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Fresh Paint

Before adding color to your porch, consider how the exterior color of the house will play into the overall look. The dated brick and lackluster vinyl of this midcentury modern house were updated with charcoal and medium gray paint to help contrast against the bright spring accents.

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Privacy Drapes

One of the quickest ways to update your porch is with colored drapery. Install drapery panels around the entire perimeter of a space using galvanized metal plumbing conduit. In addition to adding color and texture, the drapery also adds a barrier of privacy from nearby neighbors.

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Staggered Heights

Allow guests to dine and lounge in style with a collection of tables at staggered heights. Here, two collapsible aluminum tables flank a small occasional table that allows guest to face one another over dinner conversation without the formality of one long table.

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Pretty Groupings

Add a collected feeling with practical purpose to the porch with a hanging group of lanterns and birdcages that help anchor the space.

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Night Lights

These hanging accents add ambiance at night with (safe!) battery-operated candles inside.

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Collapsible Table

Add instant dining space with collapsible tables arranged around a sectional sofa. When guests are over, this table can offer a spot for tableware and drinks. When the space is not in use, the table can be folded up and stored away.

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Easy Entertaining

Keep the entertaining easy with outdoor-friendly tableware such as enamelware pitchers and dishwasher-safe ceramic.

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Mix-and-Match Pillows

Add personality, pattern and texture to your seating with a collection of mismatched pillows. Here, shaggy texture adds depth to indoor-outdoor pillows and cotton pillows meant mostly for indoor or covered outdoor space use.

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Durable Sectional

Sectional sofas come in many materials, but woven resin options are much more modern in appearance and are remarkably durable. The sectional used in this porch came in many different modular components that offer a plethora of configurations.

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Classic + Cozy

Living Wall

Lovely Living Wall

Lovely Living Wall

A stunning living wall with plants takes up the entire back wall of the screened porch, and frames black, white and yellow abstract art that adds a burst of color to the dining area.

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Pretty Porch

This wide view from the two-sided fireplace between the screened porch and master bedroom shows the different zones of the well-detailed space with a dining table and two sitting areas.

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Lovely Living Wall

A stunning living wall with plants takes up the entire back wall of the screened porch, and frames black, white and yellow abstract art that adds a burst of color to the dining area.

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Handy Pass-Through

A handy pass-through from the kitchen allows easy transport of food and supplies from inside the home to the screened porch outside. Plant sensors help ensure the home's indoor and outdoor plants receive enough water, light and nutrients.

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Dining Area

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Making Life Easier

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Views of Nature

The screened porch offers appealing views of nature that surround the back of the home. The door shown leads to a landing and a staircase to the covered porch a level below.

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Cooking Outdoors

Located just outside the screened porch on the landing, a full-sized outdoor grill has infrared technology that cooks food faster, more evenly and with less flare-ups.

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Great Grill

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Connect with Nature

The living wall and various blooming plants and branches help create a strong connection between the screened porch and the natural landscape around the property.

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Skylights and Fans

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User-Friendly Screens

A simple push of a button on a remote (which can also be added to smartphone or tablet) operates three motorized screens that go up and down, to keep bugs out but also lift up and out of the way when full views are desired.

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Speakers and Lights

The speakers seen above the sitting area are part of the home's whole audio system controlled by smartphone, tablet or computer. The home's smart lighting system also allows lights to be remotely controlled, to create just the right ambiance for different times of the day.

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Stylish Sitting Area

A fashionable side table sits by one of the two bright yellow slipcovered outdoor chairs with black and white pillows in the sitting area between the fireplace and dining table.

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Pop of Yellow

The two outdoor chairs have yellow frame slipcovers that attach underneath for a seamless, tailored look.

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Tasteful Table

In front of the yellow chairs sits a cast-aluminum table with a dark bronze finish inspired by an Asian rain drum, with concentric rings of geometric patterns and botanical motifs on the side.

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Fabulous Flow

When the large white stacking sliding door is fully open, the living room and screened porch become the ultimate indoor/outdoor space for entertaining and relaxing.

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Welcoming Fireplace

A floor-to-ceiling cultured stone fireplace adds a warm and welcoming feel to the screened porch, with a stone mantel that includes black-and-white abstract art and modern hand sculptures.

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Slipcovered Sofa

A white slipcovered outdoor sofa with narrow arms that maximize seating provides a spot to relax in front of the impressive cultured stone fireplace that anchors one side of the screened porch.

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Concrete Coffee Table

A concrete cocktail table provides a spot for decorative branches or a place to rest drinks and snacks in front of the sofa.

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Artful Stools

A pair of eye-catching matte white hand stools provides additional seating and act as a conversation starter for guests.

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Two-Sided Fireplace

A two-sided, see-through gas fireplace located between the screened porch and master bedroom provides a warm glow and glimpse into the well-detailed space inside.

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Stone Mantel

The stone mantel on the welcoming fireplace adds another layer of texture and provides a place for both framed art and sculptures.

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Fetching Floor

The tiles used for the screened porch floor have a rustic feel, but were laid in a contemporary herringbone pattern for a modern twist that adds visual interest and anchors the space.

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Easy Access

In addition to the large white stacked sliding door into the living room, the screened porch can also be accessed from the adjacent master bedroom.

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Coastal Cottage

Coastal-Style Home Exterior With Large Windows

Coastal-Style Home Exterior With Large Windows

From the outside, this home communicates historically accurate New England coastal architecture, yet the sunroom appears to be enclosed by a fully glazed wall similar to those found in more modern architecture.

Photo by: Greg Premru; Design By: Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC

Greg Premru; Design By: Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC

Home Office + Art Studio

Desk Space in Blue-Themed Multipurpose Room

Desk Space in Blue-Themed Multipurpose Room

If your multipurpose space is used by adults and kids, consider upholstery fabrics that will help mask accidents and spills. Medium gray tones pair well together and are an excellent alternative to beige or tan.

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Pocket Doors Fully Open, Leading to Multipurpose Family Room

Located just off of the home's family room, this multipurpose room can be used as a secondary living space, lounge or private office thanks to its historic pocket doors.

Pocket Doors Open Into Family Room

Often found in historic bungalows and Craftsman-style homes, pocket doors take up less space than inward- or outward-swinging doors. Pocket doors are created by framing the inside of walls with enough hollow space to accommodate a track that allows the door to slide inside of the wall when opened.

Multipurpose Family Room With Desk and Sitting Area

While limited in space, this multipurpose room feels large and layered thanks to a careful selection of double-duty furniture, mixed patterns and airy hues.

Multipurpose Family Room With Coffee Table and Chandelier

While limited in space, this multipurpose room feels large and layered thanks to a careful selection of double-duty furniture, mixed patterns and airy hues.

Painted Ceiling of Family Room, Seen Through Pocket Doors

An excellent way to make a smaller space feel slightly larger is to paint its walls and ceiling the same muted color. The continuous color blurs the lines between where the walls end and the ceiling begins, making the room feel taller.

Use Oversized Statement Artwork Instead of Smaller Pieces

When space is at a premium, consider going big with a single piece of art instead of grouping lots of small pieces together. Here, an oversized, mixed media piece by Courtney J. Garrett adds graphic impact to the wall yet stays proportionately in check with the room's furnishings.

Sturdy Zinc Tabletop With Nailhead Trim

If you're in need of heavy-duty furniture with a chic look, zinc-topped tables and desks may be the perfect fit. This versatile Parsons table can be used as an extra serving space or impromptu work station. The metal top can stand up to the wear and tear of everyday use.

Tall Greenery in Front of Sofa

When decorating coffee tables or occasional tables in extra tall spaces, long floral arrangements can help fill the vertical space. Bells of Ireland are readily available, pack a nice punch of green and also last up to two weeks inside of a vessel.

Desk Space in Blue-Themed Multipurpose Room

If your multipurpose space is used by adults and kids, consider upholstery fabrics that will help mask accidents and spills. Medium gray tones pair well together and are an excellent alternative to beige or tan.

Living Room With Blue and White Patterned Curtains, White Trim

Here's a tip for choosing trim colors to hide or accentuate millwork: If your home has basic, contractor-grade baseboards and crown molding, you can help them recede by painting them the same color as your walls. If you have custom or historic millwork, painting it ultra-white will draw the eye toward it, turning the millwork into one of the space's standout features.

Easel in Home Office Space

When space is at a premium and you want a dedicated space for crafting, consider pairing an easel with multipurpose seating. This room is fully equipped with a spot to paint canvases thanks to a collapsible wooden easel and a trio of metallic garden stools.

Iron Chandelier With Leather Straps Is Versatile Light Fixture

Installing light fixtures that are too current or trendy can jeopardize the charm of an older space. Instead, create timeless lighting by choosing fixtures that are classic in styling and materials. This iron chandelier with leather straps is traditional, but it could also blend with modern and traditional-style decor.

Comfy Striped French Chairs in Multipurpose Family Room

If your multipurpose room doesn't allow for a sectional sofa, try pairing a three-seater with a pair of comfy armchairs. To keep the overall look from becoming disjointed, look for armchairs that are no more than three inches taller or shorter than the back of the sofa. Keeping one consistent height among the seating elements adds balance.

Durable Blue Indoor-Outdoor Rug With Coffee Table

Homeowners with active kids and pets don't have to sacrifice style for substance. Indoor-outdoor accessories are a great way to create an inviting space that can withstand busy hands, feet and paws. The area rug of this multipurpose room is engineered to withstand stains and moisture, and it's also UV-resistant. Though it’s designed for outdoor use, it has the look and feel of a high-end indoor rug.

Striped French Armchairs With Feminine Lines

Adding a mix of feminine and masculine lines can help create a gender-neutral space. While the tailored sofa in this room is laced with an air of masculinity, the light French armchairs add a feminine touch.

Blue and White Floral Pattern Curtains

These blue-and-white floral curtains can help spice up a room.

Gray Upholstered Wooden Chair at Desk in Home Office

This gray upholstered wooden chair blends in well with its muted blue surroundings.

White Door With Detailed Molding and Glass Knob

This white door exudes a sense of timelessness with its basic style and glass doorknob.

Desk Area and Greenery in Blue-Themed Multipurpose Room

This blue-gray multipurpose office space features a desk area with gray upholstered wooden chair, coffee table with greenery in a vase, and patterned blue-and-white curtains.

Collection of Photos on Gray Table

Groups of framed photos can act as a focal point in a room.

Gray Upholstered Seat With Nailhead Trim

Nailhead trim can be used to give a "finished" look to upholstered furniture.

Patterned Throw Pillows on Gray Sofa

Patterned throw pillows add visual interest to a gray sofa.

Curtains + Swings

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Thrifted Finds

HGTV Magazine Military Family's Home Makeover: A Sunroom with Style

HGTV Magazine Military Family's Home Makeover: A Sunroom with Style

For this military family's home makeover, the sunroom, yellow rattan chairs and an ottoman (vintage Ficks Reed from Craigslist), were wife Meg’s first big finds for the house. “I loved the color, and I didn’t even have to reupholster them,” she says. She added an IKEA credenza to store husband Josh’s DVDs and video games, and keeps an ever-changing display of plants and vintage objects (like science beakers) on top. Meg upgraded white cotton curtain panels with vibrant yellow velvet ribbon sewn along the edges. “The light in here is incredible, so it’s a happy place,” says Meg.

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Labor of Love

Just months after Meg Stein married Army sergeant Josh Sutton, she enlisted in the biggest challenge of her life: to complete a surprise home makeover before her husband returned from Afghanistan.

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Eclectic Look

In the dining room, Meg's wood chandelier was a $50 garage sale find, and she scored the vintage Duncan Phyfe table on eBay. “I wanted a collected look, not an insta-house,” she says.

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Lucky Furniture Finds

Meg already had the flat file coffee table in storage, so she designed the living room around it. She sent Josh links to sofas she had in mind since it would be their biggest style splurge, and they decided on a tufted velvet model from Macy’s. Next came a pair of armchairs from Craigslist. Meg painted the caned frames white and recovered the cushions (originally orange) with a graphic gray-and-white print.

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A Happy Place

For the Sunroom, yellow rattan chairs and an ottoman (vintage Ficks Reed from Craigslist) were Meg’s first big finds for the house. “I loved the color, and I didn’t even have to reupholster them,” she says. She added an IKEA credenza to store Josh’s DVDs and video games, and keeps an ever-changing display of plants and vintage objects (like science beakers) on top. Meg upgraded white cotton curtain panels with vibrant yellow velvet ribbon sewn along the edges. “The light in here is incredible, so it’s a happy place,” says Meg.

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Group Effort

Friends pitched in to help paint all the cabinets, replace the appliances, and install butcher-block counters. “It was a mad dash to the finish line,” says Meg. Josh worked on a few projects after he finished his deployment in November 2010, like completing a new marble backsplash and sewing Roman shades for the windows.

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Benched

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A Quieter Storm via Pinterest

Boho Eclectic

Trendy + Traditional

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The House

When Jenny Foley and her husband, Jay, walked into the 2,200-square-foot house in Richmond, VA, that they would eventually buy, there was no doubt about it: This was an honest-to-goodness fixer upper. “Let’s see, the kitchen had teal cabinets and floor-to-ceiling tile, the dining room had maroon and mustard sponge-painted walls and the bathrooms hadn’t been updated since the ’50s,” says Jenny. “Ugly doesn’t begin to describe it.”

Still, she and Jay saw gobs of potential in the 1925 home with original oak floors, a spacious foyer and a sunroom. And — most important — they could afford it! Twelve years, two remodels and two kids later, Jenny’s clever decorating style is on full display. Her credo? Mix a few high-end buys with a mash-up of hand-me-downs, flea market finds and great-looking bargains. “I look at decorating a home the same way I do shopping for clothes,” she says. “You don’t need to spend a lot of money. Pair your nice things with some vintage pieces and steals, and you can make a whole room look more expensive than it is.” 

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Entryway

Jenny got this wingback chair for $25 at a thrift store, then painted the legs grayish white and had it reupholstered in tone-on-tone zebra fabric. A pedestal table with a beveled top, bought at a local store, sits on a cowhide rug from World Market. The crystal teardrop chandelier is a beloved hand-me-down from her husband’s grandma.  

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Living Room

Jenny’s biggest challenge was making sure the living room looked polished while still being indestructible. “We do everything in here: watch TV, play games and entertain,” she says. The white slipcovered sofa that the couple bought when they moved in has stood the test of time “thanks to a lot of bleach.” And Jenny admits it wouldn’t be the end of the world if hot chocolate hit the blue slipper chairs from World Market, bought for less than $200 each. The glass-and-brass-finish coffee table is a relatively new addition to the room. “Once my son turned 5, we got rid of a clunky ottoman and upgraded to a table with hard edges,” she says. The pale-blue-and-white wool rug is from Lulu & Georgia.

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Dining Nook

Before the Foleys reno’ed their kitchen in 2009, this space had floor-to-ceiling green-and-white tiles. To save money, Jay built the table and storage benches himself. Then Jenny chose wipeable gold-flecked aqua vinyl for the cushion covers and hung art made by a preschool-age Brooks on the wall. The black-and-white-striped pendant is by Stray Dog Designs, and the indigo-print pillows are from Pine Cone Hill.

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Kitchen

Living with the dark and dated kitchen for four years was enough time for Jenny to have a clear vision of what she eventually wanted: white, white and more white! A local cabinetmaker built the Shaker-style cabinets, and Jenny paired them with Carrara marble counters. “Marble was a splurge, but we’d waited a long time for this kitchen — and I wanted what I wanted,” Jenny says. The real steal in here is the apron-front sink that she found deeply discounted at a charity store in town. “Someone got rid of it because it had a little nick on the corner,” she says. “You can barely even see it!” The lemon-and-aqua rug is from Loloi.

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Dining Room

This space has gone through more transformations than any other room in the house. “It’s been seafoam green, then hot pink and now it’s painted this pretty taupe [Ashley Gray by Benjamin Moore],” says Jenny. The dining set, which sits on a Madeline Weinrib rug, was inherited from Jenny’s grandmother. To update it, the Foleys gave the set the full DIY treatment, painting the chair frames and the table legs white, and the tabletop dark gray. Jenny had the chairs upholstered (they used to have caned backs) in two fabrics. The abstract paintings are from local artist Claiborne Riley.

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Claire's Room

“Claire is just starting to have an opinion about what she likes and doesn’t like, so putting this space together wasn’t exactly effortless,” says Jenny. What she and her 11-year-old could agree on: poppy colors and lots of patterns. Pale pink walls (Soft White by Benjamin Moore) are the backdrop for an every-color-of-the-rainbow duvet and sham set from PBteen. Jenny and Claire scored the shiny coral bedside table at a local thrift store. “We didn’t even have to paint it!” Jenny says. The aqua-and-cream rug is from Jaipur Living, and the flowery pendant light is from IKEA.

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Sunroom

This room doesn’t have air-conditioning or heat, but it’s still hands down Jenny’s favorite in the house. “I basically live out here in the spring and fall,” she says. “Put a bed in and I’d never leave.” Jenny filled the room with pieces she’s had for years: old Martha Stewart for Kmart wicker chairs and cushions, and X-benches from Target. She bought the acrylic console a few years ago to complete the look. “I like that it doesn’t block the view of the rosebushes outside,” she says.

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Dine In

Formal Dining Room in Home's Sun Porch

Formal Dining Room in Home's Sun Porch

As seen on HGTV's hit show, Fixer Upper, the formal dining room in this home was moved to the sunporch to create a unique space for entertaining. With plenty of natural light, the space feels bright and open, while the brick fireplace makes the space feel a part of the home. A new, rustic dining room table brings this space to life, as the new chandelier helps to light the space and add a touch of elegance.

From: Fixer Upper

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Rachel Whyte

Poolside Paradise

Unique Oval Coffee Table

Unique Oval Coffee Table

The oval shape of the pool lounge's Carrara marble coffee table makes it easy to navigate the space and helps traffic flow.

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Photographer: Christina Wedge

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Playful Space

A washable and stain-resistant faux grass-cloth vinyl wall covering in pool-water blue was used for both the ceiling and walls with pure white trim for contrast, to create an underwater-like feel for this playful lounge with funky, laid-back style.

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Eclectic Seating Area

The seating area in the pool lounge has a curated look that fits this casual and playful indoor-outdoor space made for gathering and relaxing, packed with practical furnishings.

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Coastal Art

Custom wall art that explores a coastal study of nature decorates the wall behind the pool lounge's seating area.

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So Crafty

This close-up view of the custom wall art shows the drywall screws that were creatively used to depict the coastal scenes captured in this distinctive and interesting artwork.

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Handsome Armchairs

Two industrial-style, low-maintenance vinyl chairs that look like aged leather with metal arms flank each side of the lounge's navy blue sofa. The seating area furniture was situated to allow guests to enjoy an unobstructed view of the pool outside.

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Mixed Styles

This wide shot of the pool lounge shows how different tones and shade of blue with a mix of different styles create an easygoing space that looks curated instead of cookie-cutter. 

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Easy Entertaining

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Stainless Sink

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Smart Details

The square pulls on the wet bar's cabinets work perfectly with the Bianco Carrara polished marble tiles used for the beautiful bar backsplash that goes right to the ceiling.

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Wet Bar Extras

The wet bar top includes a wood cutting board with handle, a midnight-blue full circle vision globe, bottles of refreshing beverages and a bottle opener with a rope handle that reflects the coastal influence of this enjoyable pool lounge.

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Wonderful Windows

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Classic and Comfortable

The lounge's navy-blue sofa with rolled arms and tapered legs invites guests to sit back and relax in style.

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Pretty Pillows

An assortment of blue pillows with different patterns adds coziness and texture to the pool lounge's tempting sofa.

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Eclectic Look

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Striped Rug

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Flexible Space

The multipurpose pool lounge offers a comfortable space to visit with guests, watch a big game on the TV or just enjoy the action outside at the pool.

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Glam-Worthy Gallery Wall

Assorted framed art, a sunburst mirror and an eye-catching faux white resin deer head with natural brown antlers create a gallery wall with personality behind the pool lounge sofa.

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Safety Features

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Dramatic Drapes

This look toward the back corner of the pool lounge shows the white linen drapery that helps diffuse light and keeps the room very bright.

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Floor-to-Ceiling Fireplace

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Tons of Visual Interest

The impressive floor-to-ceiling fireplace is covered in Carrara marble in a diamond pattern, adding visual interest to this beautiful focal point of the room.

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Pet Supplies

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Unique Oval Coffee Table

The oval shape of the pool lounge's Carrara marble coffee table makes it easy to navigate the space and helps traffic flow.

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Eye-Catching Chandelier

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Seamless Outdoor Connection

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Security Sensor

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Enticing View

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Open and Airy

The pool lounge embraces the outdoors, but includes the creature comforts of an indoor room to create the ultimate open and airy indoor-outdoor space for relaxing and entertaining.

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Cottage Style

Bright Sunroom With Floral Sofa and Coffee Table Chest

Bright Sunroom With Floral Sofa and Coffee Table Chest

This sunroom has a nautical feel and is painted in Farrow & Ball's "Pointing" to emphasize its fresh, sunny atmosphere. A floral sofa and custom fat barrel lamp complete the space.

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Photo by: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

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Vintage Feel

A crisp, white couch with rustic furnishings and accessories give a vintage vibe to this sunroom. Design by RMS user rachelcar.

Country Cottage

Various colors of green, pink, yellow and white work together to create this pleasant country-cottage sunroom.

Complete Neutrality

Neutral tones take over this space to provide a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. The small flower arrangement offers a splash of unexpected color. Design by RMS user emhdesigns.

Sunroom Revamp

Sleek white furniture coordinates with a soft color palette to create this updated cottage-style sunroom. Design by RMS user ThisYoungHouse.

Shabby Chic

This white shabby chic sunroom uses a vintage cushion pattern and miniature tablecloth for the ultimate cottage feel.

Private Hideaway

This simple wicker sunroom is a perfect private reading nook.

Simple + Sophisticated

Contemporary Country Sun Room

Contemporary Country Sun Room

Two buttery leather chairs in a camel color create a cozy reading corner in this minimalistic sun room. Brown tones from the jute rug, chairs and basket on the wall warm up the all white space.

Photo by: Jane Beiles

Jane Beiles

Screened Porch Sittin'

Backyard Beauty

Backyard Beauty

The beauty of the home's long backyard and urban garden can be enjoyed from this comfortable and stylish screened porch made for lounging and entertaining.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

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Backyard Beauty

The beauty of the home's long backyard and urban garden can be enjoyed from this comfortable and stylish screened porch made for lounging and entertaining.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Connected Spaces

A low-maintenance clear tempered glass and aluminum garage door opens up the garage to the attached screened porch. When the garage door sits open, both spaces flow together to create the ultimate casual urban entertaining space.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Touch of Greenery

The screened porch includes two tall plants in containers and smaller tabletop plants to bring the outdoors inside.

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Woven Coffee Tables

Handwoven with natural abaca fiber, the two large round coffee tables with sturdy hardwood legs are a perfect fit for the neutral, natural design of the well-detailed screened porch.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Rugged Speaker

A dust-proof, drop-proof and waterproof wireless speaker with a rubberized exterior keeps the tunes coming for casual gatherings.

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Additional Seating

Three wood outdoor lounge chairs with the same durable construction as the wood framed sofas provide additional seating for hanging out in the screened porch.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Earthy Pillows

Assorted kilim pillows in rich earthy tones add a layer of color and texture to the neutral and natural design of the welcoming screened porch.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Cozy Throw

A soft, simple blanket on one of the two sofas provides warmth on chilly nights.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Striped Area Rugs

Two neutral area rugs with a bone background and classic black stripe were placed side by side to resemble one huge area rug covering up the entire space.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Relaxed Lounging

The screened porch offers a spot to enjoy backyard views while catching up on emails or the latest news.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Classic Console

A 1950s record player console that still plays local radio and old records was found inside the house and incorporated into the design of the screened porch. On top of the console, two textured table lamps in antique stone ivory with brushed aluminum details and beige linen shades illuminate the porch at night.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Flat Screen TV

A slim-design smart TV mounted in the corner above the console allows guests to catch the big game or their favorite HGTV show.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Solid Teak Sofas

The two wood outdoor sofas provide comfortable seating with solid teak construction and stainless steel detailing.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Rope Detail

The woven-rope detail on the back and sides of the wood outdoor sofas gives each piece of furniture a distinctive and rustic look.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Entry Door

The smooth fiberglass entry door from the garage into the screened porch has three lights of clear glass and a bronze interior and exterior finish.

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Coordinating Spaces

This view from the screened porch looking into the garage shows the easy connection between the two spaces, and the coordinating neutral designs with touches of Craftsman colors.

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Enticing Views

From the other direction, this view from the garage into the screened porch highlights the lush views that surround the urban retreat.

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Linger and Relax

With plenty of seating options and lush views of the home's long backyard and urban garden with chicken coop, the screened porch invites guests to linger and relax.

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

For the Book Lover

Bookish Dining Nook

Bookish Dining Nook

The clients needed a small dining table for special occasions. They had the brilliant idea to create a pedestal coffee table for everyday use that could be transformed into a dining table with semi-circlular leaves.

Photo by: Cory Holland

Cory Holland

Grill Out

Screened Porch with Fireplace and Grill

Screened Porch with Fireplace and Grill

Screened porches serve as another living room, and these mantels can be stunning as well. Simply paint your mantle a color that complements the rest of the fireplace. Then separate a pair of hurricane candleholders to help fill the space. You can find hurricane candleholders for less than $25, and stores such as World Market sell them for less than $10 each.

Photo by: Alice Cramer

Alice Cramer

Shiplap

Chandeliers + Tiled Floors

Traditional Sunroom With Victorian Tile Floor

Traditional Sunroom With Victorian Tile Floor

The entire sunroom was painted the same neutral color to effectively make the traditional art collection stand out. The Victorian floor tile is a focal point, so smaller sisal rugs were specified for the seating areas.

Photo by: Perry Walter

Perry Walter

Study + Chill

Custom Light Fixtures Brighten Sunroom

Custom Light Fixtures Brighten Sunroom

This sunroom gets plenty of natural light, but the added light fixtures keep the room well light on overcast days and at night, as seen on Fixer Upper.

From: Fixer Upper

Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

Green Space

Photo by: Sommarbacka via Pinterest

Sommarbacka via Pinterest

A Spot for Everyone

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RX-HGMAG014_Porch-Addition-119-a-4x3

Photo by: Trevor Dixon

Trevor Dixon

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In Need of Space

With two teenage sons and an 85-pound yellow Lab, Jay and Barbin Graham were craving more space in their 2,600-square-foot home of 15 years. But when they got an estimate for an addition — $350,000 — they had sticker shock. "You could build a new house for that!" says Barbin, who owns a sign-manufacturing company with Jay.

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

The Better Plan

Instead, they found a way to add room for a lot less money: Replace the back deck with a 500-square-foot screened-in porch designed as an outdoor living room, kitchen and dining area. Total cost? $65,000. Plenty of prime features — pine floors, vaulted ceilings, a brick fireplace, a built-in gas grill and weather-resistant furniture — have made it the family’s favorite spot.

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Strong Window Screens

Aluminum screening keeps bugs out and fresh air in. During the coldest winter months, the Grahams add heavy plastic roll-down sheeting panels from enclosureguy.com.

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Extra-Large Coffee Table

Barbin knew she wanted a coffee table big enough for a crowd. A local metalsmith built the base (painted Intellectual Gray by Sherwin-Williams) and added a 4-foot-by-5-foot reclaimed-pine top.

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Blue and Cream Color Scheme

To give their new "living room" a kick-off-your-shoes feel, the Grahams chose a beige sofa and chairs (from Pottery Barn) made of outdoor Sunbrella fabric and eucalyptus wood. The floor pillows and indoor/outdoor rug are from Dash & Albert.

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Casual Dining

Barbin, Jay, Denton (left), and Turner eat dinner together on the porch as often as they can. For seating, they picked benches made of weather-resistant eucalyptus wood (from Pottery Barn).

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Countertop Space

The main kitchen is just inside the house, but the family wanted a place to cook on the porch, too. They put in a 20-foot granite countertop and cabinets. Jay cooks with the Bull grill and fryer (bullbbq.com for stores) twice a week year-round.

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Durable Floors

The pine floor is pressure-treated to prevent rotting. To clean it, Barbin just gives it a garden hose rinse. The water drains out of the spaces between planks, and screening under the floor keeps bugs from climbing through the cracks.

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Window Seat

The fireplace’s 2-foot-deep hearth extends along the wall, creating a window seat that’s perfect for curling up with a book.

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Wood-Burning Fireplace

The prefab brick fireplace (from isokern.net) was about half the price of a custom-built version. With a gas ignition, it’s a cinch to light with just a match — no old newspapers or kindling needed.

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

TV Cabinet

The Grahams had a 5-foot-by-7-foot cabinet built for their 60-inch TV, which is wired with outdoor surround-sound. "We used to have season tickets for LSU football games," says Jay. "But then we realized we had everything we needed right here! Now our friends invite themselves over to watch."

Photo By: Trevor Dixon

Warm Wood Accents

Sunroom at Wisconsin Lake House

Sunroom at Wisconsin Lake House

Plush furniture and throws make this sunroom a cozy spot to relax at the lake house. An upholstered bench doubles as a coffee table, and glass doors provide quite the view and also bring in tons of natural light.

From: Nancy Snyder

Photo by: RAH

RAH

Young + Relaxed

Outdoor Space with White Furniture and Sliding Glass Door

Outdoor Space with White Furniture and Sliding Glass Door

If you can't afford a new farmhouse-style table, the same look can be achieved by mixing salvaged pieces to create your own table. Find an old tabletop, then add old or new spindle legs. If you paint the table and other outdoor furniture all white, it creates a modern and sleek look, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta.

Photo by: Terracotta Design Build

Terracotta Design Build

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