Tips for Designing Your Sunroom

When deciding how to design your sunroom, it's important to know which color schemes will work well and which will do more harm than good.

A sunroom can have many functions that make it a vauable addition to any home. It can be a late-night lounge, modified picnic area, rec room for the kids, or a cozy weekend hang-out. The possibilities are endless. However, sometimes the most overlooked feature of a sunroom is right in its name. Lighting plays a huge role in the ambience of the room, and inevitably impacts the effect of color schemes in the space. When choosing an effective color scheme for your sunroom, it is useful to be familiar with how different colors impact space and light. To give you a taste of how color and light affect such a unique space, House Tipster has gathered a few classic choices and laid them out for you below.

 

Painted Brick

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Sunrooms are typically conjoined to the side or back of larger houses, so it is likely at least one wall of your sunroom is the natural wall of your home. If this all is a darker stone or brick, consider painting it a warm, light grey or creamy white. Even if the remaining walls are the same shade, keeping a sunroom soft and bright can highlight the fresh, openness of natural sunlight.  The natural texture will offset the overall look as well, creating a variety of shadows to interact with the light. Painting any textured wall highlights textured, and allows you to utilize materials you already have.
 

Bright Colors

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Bold colors balanced with pale neutrals is another favorite sunroom color scheme. Mixtures of bold, tropical yellows, greens, and blues give a room a fun, relaxed feel. Combining several hues together gives the space consistency without being too redundant. Add some accent pillows for an additional pop of color, or use wall-colored trim around the windows and doors. Smaller items the same color as the wall keep the space looking small and hemmed in, while attracting the eye to the outdoors. An old rocking chair or rustic wooden table can also add some nice textural and natural elements to a brightly-painted sunroom. 

 

Focus on Texture

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A variety of textures against a basic backdrop of warm shades can make for a rustic sunroom. This works particularly well mixed with strong shades such as blues or corals. Use intricate items such as woven mats on the floor or attached to the wall to add some spatial and textural layering. Varying the type of paint is another way to add a bit of visual fun. Consider changing up between a semi-gloss paint and flat, matte paint to add variance in brushstrokes and shine as well. 

 

Bare Walls

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If you have a great deal of exposed wood, stone or brick in your sunroom, try keeping a section bare and untouched. With an emphasis on natural light and the outdoors, sunrooms tend to benefit from whatever natural accents you can add to them. Shades of creamy white help flowering plants or surrounding gardens stand out. Raw floors can also contribute to a feeling of openness and freedom, perhaps blending with pathways patterns from an outside garden. 

 

Ultimately, your sunroom should be a reflection of your tastes and how you plan to use the room. Yet, whether decked out in bright turquoise or gentle white, these guidelines will help you know what color scheme best serves your sunroom.



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