Sunny Side In: Sunroom Design Trends and Tips

If you’re fortunate enough to have a sunroom, chances are it’s your favorite room in your home. Sunrooms offer not only natural light in the daytime hours and views of the landscape, but also a comfortable space to relax and unwind in the evening.

The first sunrooms showed up in the 17th century. They gained popularity by the 19th century, when materials such as steel and large panes of glass were more affordable and readily available. Sunrooms evolved from screened-in porches; these allowed views of the outdoors from within, but dirt and debris were a nuisance.

Sunroom Design Trends and Tips

Today, sunrooms are a high priority in both new builds and historic dwellings in many regions. They embrace several styles and may include French doors that open to a deck or patio, and vinyl, wood, brick or aluminum around windows that, in many designs, span floor to ceiling.

Some sunrooms, formally called solariums or conservatories, also have glass ceilings. Many are used year-round; these four-season sunrooms are truly an extension of the home, some boasting central heating and air.

Their interior design can be as lavish or minimal as you desire. Elements such as curtains or sheers and fireplaces — either wood-burning, gas or electric models — can be used. Chandeliers, ceiling fans and artful wall sconces also add personality, function and charm. Read more: