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

Enclosed Porch With Striped Armchairs

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.

Photo by: Clara Jung

Clara Jung

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.

Photo by: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

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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.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza/Flynnsideout Productions ©2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Tomas Espinoza/Flynnsideout Productions, 2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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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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Curtains + Swings

Photo by: Black Tag Diaries via Pinterest

Black Tag Diaries via Pinterest

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.

From: Love It Or List It

Photo by: Jim Bastardo

Jim Bastardo

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Benched

Photo by: A Quieter Storm via Pinterest

A Quieter Storm via Pinterest

Boho Eclectic

Trendy + Traditional

Photo by: David A. Land

David A. Land

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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

Photo by: Rachel Whyte

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.

Photo by: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Photographer: Christina Wedge

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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.

From: John Lyle

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

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

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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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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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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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