What Is A Sunroom?
A sunroom is a home feature that allows abundant sunlight within a living space. The purpose of the room is to enjoy the outdoors while providing an escape from the weathering elements.
Sunroom. Sun parlor. Sun porch. Patio room. Florida room. No matter what you call it, the desirability of having a sunroom is undeniable. Many of Eastwood’s floorplans offer our buyers the option of adding a sunroom onto their home, and according to our team of New Home Specialists, it is one of the most wished-for features!
Have you ever thought about adding a sunroom to your home? Sunrooms not only pack on additional and valuable square footage but they give homeowners a flexible and sun-filled space that can be customized for a variety of needs, such as a reading room, indoor garden, home office, craft room, art space, and yoga studio. The options are as endless as the number of our homeowners’ many hobbies!
Sunrooms are also perfect for year-round enjoyment. In the winter, it is a nice getaway space that will bring in that natural light we all crave, and in the summer, it will be a warm oasis to feel like your outside without all the bugs and heat. A sunroom can help make indoor-outdoor living possible! Imagine sitting in your sunroom with your patio door open letting the fresh air in, or sitting there with a hot cocoa feeling the cool winter breeze. Who doesn’t love that?
With so many possibilities for a unique and personalized space, the interior design options are plentiful, too. There are no rules to decorating your sunroom. However, we do encourage you to embrace one idea: play off all the natural sunlight from those windows in your sunroom! Here are a few ideas for transforming your sunroom into your favorite room in your home!
Comfortable discomfort: This room, in all its sunny glory, is a great opportunity to step out of your comfort zone of neutrals. Be as bold as the sun and go bright with pinks, turquoises and chartreuse! And feel free to mix fabrics instead of matching them, according to tips from Southern Living. If you’re worried about going over the top, keep your floors and walls pattern free, but add those patterns to draperies and pillows. A basic palette on your walls and floors will allow you to freshen up your space by just changing out those accessories. And mix in white for a clean, fresh look. Bright colors will also reflect the heat, unlike dark colors, which is important on a hot Southern day!
Au naturale: Go green and bring the nature indoors. If your sunroom faces a wooded backyard or other natural landscape, use the great outdoors as the base of your design palette. Make a statement and consider incorporating Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year “Greenery” into the space through wall color or accent pieces and – keep the theme going – and incorporate actual living greenery through potted plants, hanging plants and vertical gardens.
Entertainment extended: We all know that the kitchen has become the gathering area when we entertain. If your sunroom is near your kitchen, you can extend your entertainment space by simply adding a beverage station, a.k.a. bar, in the sunroom. This will give your guests one more option to congregate, which may be an especially good idea if you are nervous already about your cooking skills! (We wouldn’t know anything about that at all! :))
Texture matters: If you watch any design shows, or surf the web for design tips, you know that designing with texture in mind is important. Let’s start with the basics: the flooring. In a sunroom, one of the top tips is to avoid carpeting because a solid surface like tile or Luxury Vinyl Plank will absorb the heat from the sun and help keep the space cozy on a cold day. When decorating with accessories, keep texture in mind and incorporate it into crocheted throw pillows and soft, plush rugs, for example. Wicker baskets keep reading materials stowed away neatly and also add their own textural element to the space.
Another one of our favorite parts about a sunroom is its versatility. Sunrooms can be whatever you make them! A coffee nook, a yoga space, an extra dining room, or even a reading space. The list goes on! You can easily modify this space to fit your needs which is why it is one of our favorite home additions. Need some help on decorating? Well, we have you covered!
Sunroom Decorating Tips
Dining table and chairs: Some things that we love to have in our sunrooms are a dining table and chairs. It gives you that extra space to have company over and it’s a great room for cards and boardgames!
Plants: Another essential we like to have in this space is plants. Green instantly adds that homey feel and the plants will get to soak up all that natural light. This is a perfect space for those of us without a green thumb.
Lounge Area: If you’re looking for a nice place to relax and enjoy the sun’s warmth, then this option is definitely for you! A comfy wicker couch and coffee table make this the perfect spot in the house to sit back with coffee or a glass of wine and unwind.
Music: This may be the one that most people overlook. Add some music and it will take your sunroom to the next level, whatever your setup is!
Ceiling Fan: You won’t regret getting a ceiling fan in this area of the house, especially on those hot summer days, the room can get a bit toasty so a nice breeze will really liven up the space.
No matter your decorating style, the fact is sunrooms add value to a home because homebuyers want them. According to a recent survey in Builder Magazine, sunrooms are the third most popular amenity requested in homes over $250,000. And homes with a properly designed sunroom tend to sell faster and for far more money than those without. Do you agree? Do you dream of soaking up the sun inside a sunroom? How would you decorate your sunroom?
Looking to find your perfect Eastwood home and get that added sunroom? We have an array of plans throughout our 8 divisions (Charlotte NC, Triad NC, Raleigh NC, Greenville SC, Columbia SC, Charleston SC, Richmond VA, and Atlanta GA) that will be able to make your sunroom dreams a realty! Contact our internet specialist team today with questions at 866-551-7995.