From dawn to dusk, a bright, clear sky (in all of its glory) is the most powerful energy force. In interior design, it awakens every nook and cranny. Whether you’re looking for simple ways to enhance natural light in your home or want to design a window-heavy addition from scratch – these sunroom ideas will get you there.
1. The Indoor/Outdoor Sunroom
This sunroom (the featured room throughout most of the rest of this article) contains a mix of indoor and outdoor furniture and materials – making it an easy template for both indoor sunrooms and patios. The color scheme, a mix of light grey and reddish-brown, is perfect for any area where sunlight soaks, as the colors don’t easily fade. (And even if they do fade, it won’t look weird, since the colors are natural and already rustic.)
2. A Mini Garden
Everyone knows that plants need sun – but when it comes to style, the reverse is also true! A room filled with natural light is practically begging for plants and plant accessories, and a sunroom is the perfect excuse to splurge on a miniature indoor garden. Bring in little planters and pots, and fill them with the kinds of plants that need direct sunlight – and which you wouldn’t be able to grow in other parts of the house!
3. Rustic-Chic Storage
Rustic-chic end tables with drawers are the only way we know how to keep a sunroom organized. Use one to store magazines and books – if you’re the type who likes to bask in the sun while reading all day. If your sunroom is more of a buffer between your outdoor garden and your indoors, this is also a great place to store gardening books, gloves, packets of seeds and other not-so-messy gardening essentials.
4. Tie-Up Shades
In a sunroom, these shades are a vision! We’re loving the way the natural texture and color play off of and filter the harsh sunlight. Also, the tie-up function gives it an extra rustic feel.
5. Light Brown
This light brown accent chair is fresh in color and texture, and its lightness reciprocates the flood of sun. We’re also loving the inner cushion for contrast – and the perfect place to relax in a sunroom.
6. Dark Brown
On the other hand, a darker shade of brown gets cozier – the perfect complement for wintertime sunroom décor. Here, a dark wood stain stands out in a mostly grey and white palette.
7. Coffee Table Storage
If a sunroom isn’t organized, it’s missing the point. (A sunroom should be a place of relaxation and presence, where natural sunlight is the main focus.) If you have to, bring in another storage design; along with the storage end table, this storage coffee table provides easy organization on two different levels – a bottom shelf and top drawers.
8. Sunroom Supplies
Another purpose of a sunroom is to mesh the outdoor with the indoors; it’s a little bit of both and not entirely one or the other. If you’re a gardener, use a storage coffee table to hold gardening supplies. If your garden is in the sunroom itself, this makes it easier than ever to keep it maintained!
9. Fresh Floors
A good rug is often not noticed at first – it commits to pulling an entire room together and providing contrast for everything else to shine. When examined up close, though, a good rug will also shine in its own right. Here, tight stitching, durable texture and a chic diamond pattern make it “modern sunroom-approved.”
10. Candle Lanterns
A sunroom in the early morning is like nothing else. But even better than that is sneaking into a sunroom before the sun rises to get in a good pre-dawn meditation sesh. While it’s still dark, set the mood by lighting a candle lantern; as the sunshine starts to set in, you can blow out the candle – but keep the lantern to serve as pretty decor throughout the day!
In a rustic-chic sunroom, a set of terracotta planters is a must. Terracotta, a type of red clay synonymous with rustic Italian, Spanish and Mediterranean styles, brings tons of indoor-outdoor energy. Plus, its natural red color brightens up a neutral color palette.
12. Wicker Furniture
This wicker sofa does not have to be a stranger to the elements – it was designed for outdoor use! In a sunroom, use furniture designed for outdoors to create an outdoors-in feel. Wicker is a versatile option that feels stylish in any space. (Wicker’s association with summertime also means that even on a cloudy day, your sunroom will still feel sunny!)