Before: Neutral SunroomJeff and Paddy bought their home because they love the sunroom's huge windows, vaulted ceiling and ample supply of natural light. However, they have the daunting task of updating the old-fashioned, beige decor. Ironically, it's the features they love that are making it so difficult to choose colors for the space: ever-shifting natural light makes choosing paint colors difficult; the vaulted ceiling makes the room difficult to paint; the stained wood window trim is faded in some spots; and selecting a finish for the mountains of unfinished wood trim is an intimidating task. The couple is hoping to find the right colors to bring a summery, backyard barbeque feeling into their room all year round.
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After: Summery SolariumJeff and Paddy choose a soft green for the walls to bring the summery feel of nature indoors. With so many windows, the trim color is an important choice; they go with white—with a touch of yellow—to brighten the windows and lower the contrast with the walls. Latex paint is better for handling the expansion and contraction of wood around the windows. A hardwood floor warms up the room. For contrast with the soft green walls and white trim, the wicker furniture is painted the deep brown color of barbeque sauce. Semi-opaque screens on the windows allow some sunlight in. Cushions and throw pillows in green and brown, UV-resistant fabric tie the color scheme together, and yellow accents add punches of color.
Did You Know: Green is neither a cool or warm color; it's considered a neutral. Green gives a comforting, relaxing feeling. Use UV-resistant paint in sunny rooms to prevent fading.