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.
Enclosed Porch With Striped Armchairs
A traditional home with classic sensibilities Well situated amongst the leafy lanes of Burlingame, sits a picturesque house on a lovely corner. Complete with a white picket fence, this house overflows in charm with all the details that matter, coved ceilings, arched doorways, and original hardware. Using just a bit of effort, we transformed this house into a home.
Pops of Bright Color
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.
Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions
Classic + Cozy
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.
Tomas Espinoza/Flynnsideout Productions, 2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved
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.
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.
Greg Premru; Design By: Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC
Home Office + Art Studio
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.
If your multipurpose space is used by both adults and kids, consider upholstery fabrics that will help mask accidents and spills. Medium-gray tones pair well together and are excellent alternatives to beige or tan.
If your home has basic, contractor-grade baseboards and crown molding, you can help them recede by painting them the same color as the 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.
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.
If your 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.
The Right Rug
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.
Curtains + Swings
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trendy + Traditional
David A. Land
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Photographer: Christina Wedge
Photo Credit: Edward Addeo, Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)
Simple + Sophisticated
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.
Screened Porch Sittin'
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.
For the Book Lover
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.
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.
Chandeliers + Tiled Floors
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.
Study + Chill
A Spot for Everyone
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.
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.
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."
Warm Wood Accents
Young + Relaxed
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.
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