Spaces like sunrooms and porches extend a home's living area and help connect families with nature. Whether you utilize these spaces in the hot summer months or year-round, here are some bright ideas to spruce up any porch or sunroom.
Think about what your space will be used for. Will the sunroom be used for coffee dates, as a place for kids to play, or as a room for relaxation? Before redecorating, make sure the style of the room correlates with how it will be used daily.
One of the main uses for porches and sunrooms is to sit back and relax. When buying outdoor furniture, keep this idea in mind, and buy furniture that is not only durable but comfortable, as well. If chairs become worn-out, first think about buying replacement cushions rather than replacing the furniture entirely.
To add interest to a plain porch or sunroom, bring a fresh coat of paint to the ceiling. A bright sky blue offsets the plain white walls and plays off of orange and yellow accessories. If painting the ceiling seems like a daunting task, try changing the material or color of the floor.
Sunrooms take advantage of the natural light that filters through windows and/or screens. If a sunroom simply doesn’t have enough sunlight, try adding windows on top of the ones that already exist.
If your sunroom is meant to be a family space, be sure to include amenities for small children such as children's furniture, board games, and storage for toys and crafts. This way, kids can continue to feel a part of the action without being separated from adults.
Keep a constant breeze flowing by installing an outdoor ceiling fan. Not only do the fans keep visitors cool, but they can also add another source of light to a porch or sunroom. Make sure that the ceiling fan is built to withstand outdoor conditions.
Before adding furniture to a space, think about the layout of the porch or sunroom. Which arrangement will be the best for conversation? How should furniture be set up so visitors have the best view? Once a layout has been chosen, think about the proportion of the furniture that will be used and how it will fit into the existing space.
Control the amount of light on a sun porch by adding drapes to windows or openings. Drapes can also bring another layer of color and pattern to the mix. Choosing weather-proof fabric is important so the drapes last more than one season.
Add candles, lanterns, and other light fixtures to porches, so after the sun goes down, the space can still be used. Put as many or as few light fixtures on the porch as necessary to create just the right mood on a summer night.
When guests come over, turn unused pots into drink coolers to keep beverages cold and on-hand. Decorate pots or decide to leave them plain. Either way, this fun and unexpected storage idea will have people doing double-takes.