Adding a sunroom to your home comes with many benefits. Aside from it will increase the value of your home, the increased exposure to sunlight can help improve your health and boost your mood – especially in the fall and winter months when enjoying a warm and sunny afternoon is not exactly realistic in most parts of the country.
If you are planning on adding a sunroom to your home there are lots of stylish and cozy additions you can make. Design and layout tips from interior design experts and professionals will help get you off on the right foot also when creating a bright sunroom for the whole family to enjoy.
1. Treat yourself to some new sunroom furniture
If your sunroom needs a complete overhaul rather than a quick update, some new sunroom furniture is a must. You could go for a sofa, but if your space is on the smaller side, we say stick to some stylish armchairs. We love the Kayla Lounge Chair (opens in new tab) from Wayfair – a little bit rustic, a little bit Scandi they are the perfect slimline shape for a sun-filled room.
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2. Turn your sunroom into a dining nook
How cozy is this little sunroom nook? The perfect spot for breakfast. If your sunroom is an awkward shape, a built-in bench can be the best way to make the most of the space. Pop a small dining table in there too and you have an extra seating area for more casual dining. This Toscana Round Extending Table (opens in new tab) is from Potterybarn and yes a splurge but also perfect for this kind of space as it's extendable.
3. Make your sunroom fall friendly with plenty of cushions
If you are just after a quick way to make your sunroom cozier for the colder months, cushions are an easy and inexpensive way to do so. They can also be a good way to start a color scheme or add some new colors into the space. Our favorite fall decor ideas include neutrals and slubby fabrics like linen mixed in with lots of textures. Check out CB2 (opens in new tab) for loads of lovely soft furnishings to update your sunroom.
4. Make a small sunroom feel more luxe with velvet furniture
Ah, we can feel the warmth of the sun on our face just looking at this room. The velvet chairs add a touch of luxury to this simple space, and the warm color scheme only enhances the sunniness of the space. These gorgeous chairs are the Finley chairs from West Elm (opens in new tab)
5. DIY your sunroom space
If you don't have a sunroom, turn your front porch into one. Sure you might not want to sit out in mid-winter but for warmer fall days it would be perfect. Copy this idea and hang curtains in your porch to create a cozier almost living room-like feel. Cover your outdoor sofa in plenty of cushions and keep a basket of throws close by.
6. Make Sure the Room is Facing the Southeast(opens in new tab)
If you’re building your sunroom into a new construction, consider placement carefully. 'Sunrooms are meant to be bright, and the best way to get the amount of sunlight you’ll need is to have it facing towards the southeast,' explains Jack Miller, Founder of How I Get Rid Of. It will also help you save on electricity.
7. Have a Clear Purpose(opens in new tab)
A room’s design will depend on its specific purpose. 'Fixing it up to turn it into a home office will definitely be different if you want it to be a family room,' explains Miller. 'This should be one of the first decisions you’ll make.'
8. Don’t Forget About Privacy.(opens in new tab)
This will depend on where the room is located. If it’s in front of the house where it’s facing the street, you’ll want to consider putting some curtains or blinds for cover. But if you want to keep it as is, you may want to have the room located at the backside of the house, away from foot traffic.
9. Go for a Neutral Palette(opens in new tab)
From the colors of your sunroom to the furniture you will use, go for neutral tones. 'Embracing all things neutral will help give your sunroom a quiet and relaxing feel,' says James Kalim, Founder and CEO at Only Silent.
10. Add Lots of Natural Materials(opens in new tab)
Natural materials can serve as a great accent to your sunroom. 'They will help give character to your sunroom and make it cozier and more inviting,' explains Kalim.
11. Go for Tranquility(opens in new tab)
Sunrooms are meant to be light and bright, exuding feelings of refreshment and tranquility. 'A sunroom that does this welcomes people inside because they want to feel those emotions,' explains Andre Kazimierski, CEO, Improovy.
12. Stay Away from Dark Furniture or Decorations(opens in new tab)
'While you can certainly add color, stick to light colors' explains Kazimierski. 'If your sunroom has less natural light, paint your walls white and stick to colors close to white for decor in order to compensate for that.'
13. Make Sure to Choose Furniture That is Durable(opens in new tab)
'Exposure to a lot of light can damage the fabric and cause it to fade or lose color,' explains Kazimierski. Make sure to choose patio furniture that was made to withstand hours of bright sun and heat. Traditional patio can be a great solution if you don’t want to risk investing in more expensive indoor pieces.
14. Go for Cheerful Colors(opens in new tab)
Deborah Bettcher, Interior Designer/Owner at Decorating Den, suggests going for a cheerful color scheme if you’re already partial to bright colors. 'Cheerful colors will invite you to step in and stay awhile,' she explains.
15. Create a Reading Space(opens in new tab)
Comfortable window seating with textured fabrics will make you want to stay and curl up with a good book. 'Be sure to include some interesting shelving to stash your favorite reads,' adds Bettcher.
16. Consider Sheer Drapery(opens in new tab)
To create a relaxing ambiance, Bettcher suggests trying sheer drapery or woven wood shades to soften and diffuse the sunlight. It is equally wise to select fade resistant performance fabrics for drapery.
17. Don’t Forget Plants(opens in new tab)
Lots of natural light creates the perfect environment for plants and flowers. 'Plants cool the air, offer privacy, provide a calming environment, and can even offer edible fruits and veggies,' shares John Kernohan, Chairperson & Founder at United Tiny House Association.
18. Add a Water Fixture(opens in new tab)
'A water fixture inside or a fountain/pond outside but in view from the sunroom will definitely add to the ambience and provide a soothing environment,' shares Kernohan.
19. Look to the Outdoors(opens in new tab)
According to Kernohan, trees planted outdoors designed to cast shade over a clear roof in a sunroom can help with temperature control and can add an attractive view from inside the sunroom.
20. Consider Taking Advantage of Solar Power(opens in new tab)
An added benefit of the sunlight coming into a sunroom is the use of solar lighting inside. 'Solar lights are typically less expensive than conventional lighting fixtures,' says Kernohan. 'Plus, there is no cost for monthly electrical use.'
Should I install a sunroom?
For the best experience if you're buying a sunroom rather than choosing the DIY route, look for a company with a great reputation and many years of experience in designing sunrooms. Check their portfolio to see whether their design ideas will fit with your home. Wherever possible, meet with them in person to see first-hand the quality of their work before committing to anything.
Consider your budget of course, though we would recommend putting quality first so that your sunroom will last longer and better hold its value. After all, you need to ensure your sunroom will be worth it financially and from a lifestyle perspective also. So be sure to weigh up the total estimated sunroom costs of your project to see what's worth your investment.