Places: Sunrooms

Article Posted By: Jae Warren

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Image of a sunroom enclosed by windows and drapes flanking the doorway

Image via Decoist

A sunroom is in many ways the ideal bonus room. It allows you the vicarious pleasures of being outdoors — such as the lovely views of nature and the energizing affects of natural sunlight — without having to deal directly with nature’s unpleasantness (heat, bugs, wind, etc.).

Being neither indoors nor out, the sunroom also frees you to decorate with high-quality furniture and accent pieces that compliment the décor of your home. You can go for maximum comfort without having to worry about the elements.

If you’re lucky enough to have a sunroom attached to your home, undoubtedly it’s being put to use in some fabulous way. But just in case any of you have been searching for ways to improve your sunroom, we’ve rounded up a few you might want to take a look at.

A collage of images that show colorful sunrooms

Images via Young House Love (clockwise from top left), DigsDigs, Vogue, Better Homes & Gardens, Ambiance Additions and Houzz

The variety of colorful ideas homeowners have envisioned for their sunrooms is truly refreshing. From airy living spaces punctuated with pops of color to gardening rooms to home gyms and offices, we’ve seen this traditionally functional space infused with a new decorative appeal.

Even without the benefit of direct sunlight, these rooms still offer you the unique opportunity to do a little bathing in the sun while in the comfort of your own home.

At some point this season you’ll yearn for an afternoon or evening of alfresco dining but the weather outside will be less than ideal. Formal dining tables paired with wrought-iron patio chairs can transform a sunroom into an intimate, informal setting for meals with a view.

Image of a sunroom converted to a billiard parlor

Image via Panoramio photographed by Geraldine Clark

A large sunroom surrounded by nice views is just a makeover away from becoming a living room for the entire family to enjoy. With the addition of a billiard table and a flat-screen HDTV, it could also be put to use as a year round man cave.

If you’re thinking of adding a sunroom to your home, schedule a free sunroom installation consultation. We can also help you increase the comfort level of your current sunroom with our wide selection of energy-efficient doors and windows.

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