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These light-drenched rooms help bring summer into the home year-round

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When you have a sunroom, less-than-ideal weather conditions can’t stop you from enjoying your surrounding landscape. A step up from an exposed deck or patio, sunrooms provide shelter from rain, wind and bugs, extending the outdoor season — hence the term four season rooms. With plenty of sunroom ideas to draw inspiration from, it’s helpful to know some of the basics about these structures before you start your addition or remodel.

What can I use my sunroom for?


There are no limits when it comes to uses for a sunroom addition. Commonly, people take advantage of the plentiful sunlight and use them as informal conservatories or a garden room. If you don’t have a green thumb, you might use it as an additional indoor living space to relax and read, or create an indoor-outdoor feeling, like an enclosed patio or porch. You may also want to use the extra space as a playroom for little ones or a hangout for teens. Transform it into a separate dining area if you want to mimick al fresco dining year round.

What materials are sunrooms built with?


A combination of brick, cement and wood often make up the base, or “knee wall”, which supports the large windows. Clear insulated glass or storm windows are used for the majority of the walls — they allow the maximum amount of sunlight into the space while also trapping heat. With the close relative, screened-in porches, the glass might be replaced with window screens to allow for airflow in warmer climates. Check out plenty of pictures of sunrooms and pay close attention to how they are constructed to draw inspiration for your own.

Roofing on sunroom designs can vary. Depending on the preference of the homeowner, the roof may be consistent with their conventional roofing, or could also be glass/plastic panels that let in lots of light. If you’re willing to pay a bit more, these panels are available with coating designed to reflect ultraviolet rays. Flooring in sunrooms was traditionally tiled to deal with possible leaks, but improved building methods allow for all types of flooring to be installed. Browse different style sunroom ideas and see what catches your eye for each aspect of the space, since the material options are pretty wide open.

What type of sunroom decor do I need?


Chances are the decor and furniture in your sunroom design will see a high amount of direct sunlight. Keep this in mind when choosing pieces, since some fabrics and materials can quickly fade or become uncomfortably hot. Outdoor furniture will generally stand up well to the heat and light exposure of all-season rooms and patio enclosures, but don’t be afraid to mix and match with indoor pieces as well. Anything made from wicker or seagrass are good sunroom decorating ideas, while you might want to steer away from plastic or metal pieces. Installing shades or blinds is a smart way to prolong the life of your sunroom furniture and accessories when the space is not in use.

Can sunroom additions double as conservatories?


Absolutely. If your solarium roof lets in light, a conservatory or garden room is an excellent use for the space. You will want to fill it with plants that like lots of sunlight and are resistant to temperature change (conservatories can be hot during the day and chilly at night). Succulents and more exotic plants tend to do well, but if you are prepared to pay close attention to your plants, you can grow most varieties in a sun room, including fruits and vegetables.

Now get out there and make your sunroom ideas a reality!
Coastal dark wood floor sunroom photo in Boston with a standard fireplace, a concrete fireplace and a standard ceiling

Coastal dark wood floor sunroom photo in Boston with a standard fireplace, a concrete fireplace and a standard ceiling
like concept of fireplace in sun room for winter cozy aspect or cool summer nights - freylaur

Example of a small coastal painted wood floor and blue floor sunroom design in Boston with a standard ceiling

TEAM Architect: LDa Architecture & Interiors Builder: 41 Degrees North Construction, Inc. Landscape Architect: Wild Violets (Landscape and Garden Design on Martha's Vineyard) Photographer: Sean Litchfield Photography
nice idea for sun porch, additional sleeping - sal_vation

Small country light wood floor and brown floor sunroom photo in Little Rock with a standard ceiling

Photography by: Mark Lohman
Small country light wood floor and brown floor sunroom photo in Little Rock with a standard ceiling
curtains and windows for screens - rosemaryshouse

Sunroom - transitional sunroom idea in San Francisco with a standard fireplace and a standard ceiling

Sunroom - transitional sunroom idea in San Francisco with a standard fireplace and a standard ceiling
Love the view. Hate the chairs. - pacrc

Example of a coastal medium tone wood floor sunroom design in Portland Maine with a standard ceiling

Example of a coastal medium tone wood floor sunroom design in Portland Maine with a standard ceiling
carpet - janetzouzounis

Mid-sized elegant brick floor and red floor sunroom photo in Minneapolis with a standard fireplace, a brick fireplace and a standard ceiling

Builder: Pillar Homes - Photography: Landmark Photography
Mid-sized elegant brick floor and red floor sunroom photo in Minneapolis with a standard fireplace, a brick fireplace and a standard ceiling
Windows but not like a garage but that slide to the side to open fully - webuser_979010471

Coastal light wood floor sunroom photo in Minneapolis with a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace and a standard ceiling

2018 Artisan Home Tour Photo: LandMark Photography Builder: Narr Construction
Coastal light wood floor sunroom photo in Minneapolis with a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace and a standard ceiling
Board and batten above fireplace - frank_broostin

Sunroom - large contemporary light wood floor sunroom idea in Los Angeles

Manolo Langis photographer
Sunroom - large contemporary light wood floor sunroom idea in Los Angeles
Love the single cushion no pillow sofa - thegreenkitcheneconomist

Example of a coastal sunroom design in DC Metro with a standard ceiling

Example of a coastal sunroom design in DC Metro with a standard ceiling
Should I have a sunroom? - kathy_smith595

After moving into a luxurious home in Ashburn, Virginia, the homeowners decided the master bathroom needed to be revamped. The existing whirlpool tub was far too big, the shower too small and the make-up area poorly designed. From a functional standpoint, they wanted lots of storage, his and her separate vanities with a large make-up area, better lighting, a large steam shower and a vaulted ceiling. Aesthetics were also important, however, and the lady of the house had always dreamed of having a Venetian style spa. Taking some space from an adjacent closet has allowed for a much larger shower stall with an arched transom window letting plenty of natural light into the space. Using various sizes of tumbled limestone to build its walls, it includes a rain shower head, a hand shower and body sprayers. A seating bench and storage niches make it easier to use. New plumbing was put in place to add a large vanity with upper glass cabinets for the man of the house, while one corner of the space was used to create a make-up desk complete with a seamless mirror and embedded sconce lights A free standing Neapolitan-style soaking tub with fluted columns and arched header is the real focal point of this space. Set among large corner windows, under a stylish chandelier, this elegant design sets this bathroom apart from any bathroom in its category.

Mid-sized coastal light wood floor and beige floor sunroom photo in Providence with a standard ceiling

Mid-sized coastal light wood floor and beige floor sunroom photo in Providence with a standard ceiling
This looks to be the size of our sunroom?! - tracey_griesbaum

Example of a trendy light wood floor and beige floor sunroom design in Los Angeles with a standard ceiling

Example of a trendy light wood floor and beige floor sunroom design in Los Angeles with a standard ceiling
Love the simplicity and white walls - chamberssdgb

Sunroom - traditional red floor sunroom idea in New York

Sun Room
Sunroom - traditional red floor sunroom idea in New York
Black and white photos on the wall - blue727

Inspiration for a timeless sunroom remodel in Other with a glass ceiling

Bryan Allen
Inspiration for a timeless sunroom remodel in Other with a glass ceiling
Beyond the BasicsYour greenhouse can be as elaborate as you want, including turning it into a garden room. But, if you just want to move beyond the basics, here are some ways to start. - sullenberg

Inspiration for an eclectic gray floor sunroom remodel in Dallas with a standard ceiling

Inspiration for an eclectic gray floor sunroom remodel in Dallas with a standard ceiling
harmony: variety too many colors here, and the material of the pillows, blanket, and rug/carpet are all different - ana_romeromeza

Mid-sized elegant carpeted and beige floor sunroom photo in St Louis with a glass ceiling

The sunroom was one long room, and very difficult to have conversations in. We divided the room into two zones, one for converstaion and one for privacy, reading and just enjoying the atmosphere. We also added two tub chairs that swivel so to allow the family to engage in a conversation in either zone.
great option for nana wallals and sky lighting for the den - john_maradiaga

Example of a classic sunroom design in Charlotte

Dustin Peck Photography
Example of a classic sunroom design in Charlotte
Is there a way to share the fireplace with the screened in porch area? If you glass in those windows you could make it a two sided fireplace - spookysiouxsie

David Maeux Photogrpahy
Living room - large transitional enclosed and formal medium tone wood floor and brown floor living room idea in DC Metro with gray walls, a standard fireplace, a wood fireplace surround and no tv

Example of a coastal medium tone wood floor sunroom design in Minneapolis with a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace and a standard ceiling

Spacecrafting
Example of a coastal medium tone wood floor sunroom design in Minneapolis with a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace and a standard ceiling
The layout of windows along with fireplace and TV is perfect. - rmccartt

Sunroom - tropical gray floor sunroom idea in Atlanta with a standard ceiling

Marc Mauldin Photography, Inc.
Sunroom - tropical gray floor sunroom idea in Atlanta with a standard ceiling
green & white color scheme - palm and bamboo - allisonm127

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