As the warm weather and longer days draw nearer the sunroom beacons to you to sit and stay awhile. For many people the sunroom is an under utilized space that holds extra furniture or the kids play area, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many décor items that bridge the gap between outdoor décor and indoor that would be perfect for a sunroom space.
How much Décor is right?
Just like the rest of your home the sunroom should be decorated in your personal style. Sunrooms can be used as offices, dining rooms, sitting rooms, or playrooms, the main difference from another room of the house is the windows, both because they prevent you from hanging photos and other wall décor and also because they present a panoramic view in the space that needs to be addressed. If your view is not particularly inspiring but you enjoy the light in the sunroom then consider white or light-colored window treatments that filter the light into the space.
Then decorate the room as you see fit with, or without reference to the outside world. If your sunroom boasts an amazing view you may want to decorate with fewer items than normal, so that the view can be the focus of the room. In this case, those few items that you include should help to bridge the gap between the indoor and outdoor space. A traditional Victorian or minimalist modern living room looking out onto an ocean view may be too stark of a contrast, while the same sunroom filled with nautical décor and chairs made from old sea barrels will be overwhelming and look like a kids theme party. It’s important to create a simple uncluttered space that allows the view to be the focus while making sure that those key pieces you do have, reflect the views aesthetic.
Ideas for different views
- If your sunroom looks out onto a garden, open ironwork items are great for recalling old Victorian wrought iron gates and fences. Plants and flowers, floral accent fabrics and weather worn furnishings will give the feeling that the weather and rain has come through from the garden to the inside.
- A sunroom with an ocean view works well with nautical colors such as white, navy, blue and red, and looks great with a few well chosen nautical décor items such as sailing ships, ships compasses or barometers. Another way to go with an ocean view is to focus décor items on local sea life such as sand dollars, shells or birds.
- A forest view can inspire hunting lodge décor such as antler chandeliers, log furnishings and warm colors or be decorated from a naturalists perspective with items such as tree rings, images and fabric prints of different leaves and forest animals.
The basics of sunroom decoration
Really, you can decorate your sunroom in any style you like, the idea is to make the view a part of the décor of your space. Use colors and styles that compliment the view from your sunroom and the feeling you get when you see it. Invite guests to have that same feeling when they step into the space through the décor you choose. Not every room needs to be appreciated merely for the items that are in it, but rather as a comfortable, relaxing and warm location to enjoy the view outside of it. Enjoy the chic sunroom photo gallery.
Flowering plants, ironwork and weathered furnishings help to bridge the garden space with the sunroom. Image Source (source)
Nautical décor can get out of hand very quickly; pair down your pieces to only the best few. Image Source (source)
Plants and vintage weathered furnishings give a feeling of being in a old country garden. Image Source (source)
The combination of the weathered look of the room with the chandeliers and clean traditional furniture gives a more glamorous garden look. Image Source (source)
This sunroom manages to look nautical without overpowering the view. Image Source (source)
This corner sun-nook offers some nautical patterns and colors in its cushions that compliments rather than competes with the view outside. Image Source (source)
This sunroom offers the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the view, the décor reflects the outdoors in the usage of wood and the green (plants) and yellow (sunlight) color pallet. Image Source (source)
In a small sunroom one way of avoiding clutter is by sticking to a neutral color pallet. Image Source (source)
Rather than complimenting the actual lake view outside this sunroom compliments the feeling that the owner wants us to have when we see the lake view, that of being on a tropical island. Image Source (source)
The rustic planter in this space brings the outdoors in and makes the transition between the to spaces less harsh. Image Source (source)
The dark earth tones and natural materials in this sunroom reflect it’s wooded environment and let the view have the focus. Image Source (source)
The material and color choices in this large sunroom compliment the view rather than compete with it as a larger colorful pendant and chairs would. Image Source (source)
Everything in this sunroom (aside from the tree) keeps a low profile allowing for the view to be the focus, though there is some bright coloration in the pillows they compliment the view rather than competing with it. Image Source (source)
The materials in the space are drawn from the wooded view and the neutral color pallet allows for the view to be the focal point. Image Source (source)
This room literally brings the garden into the home and makes a perfect transition area between the two spaces. Image Source (source)
This sunroom uses the natural sea-life elements of the coast rather than the nautical ship and sail elements for inspiration. Image Source (source)
The warm yellow and brown tones compliment the wooded view outside. Image Source (source)
This neutral sunroom uses materials and colors from the surrounding view to compliment the scenery. Image Source (source)
The iron and metal work reflect the open weave of the wicker furnishings and both provide a neutral and complimentary space from which to enjoy the garden view. Image Source (source)
Nautical inspired colors and patterns can bring as much to an ocean view sun room as an old ship’s wheel, in fact they bring more because they won’t distract you from the view. Image Source (source)
The orientation of the seating arrangement and the complimentary materials used tell guests that this is a space for relaxing and enjoying nature. Image Source (source)
Any part of the home could benefit from a sunroom. Image Source (source)