There’s nothing like a sunroom in the summertime. That bright, happy light pouring in is the perfect antidote to a long, hard day.
There are a thousand different ways to use your sunroom: as a hang out space, dining area, kid’s play area, the list goes on and on. Regardless of its intended use, you’re going to want to think about how to decorate a sunroom best to suit your needs.
Luckily, there are lots of options when it comes to sunroom decor! Keep reading for the best sunroom decorating ideas to make the most out of your favorite summertime room.
A sunroom is the perfect summer entertaining space because it offers all the feels of the outdoors without the bugs! If you’re addicted to eating outside in summer but tired of slathering on the bug spray, turn your sunroom into an entertaining space.
Move your dining room table into the sunroom for the summer, or throw a few chairs and a cocktail table in there to have friends over for snacks and apperitifs. You could also use a low table and cover the floor in cushions to create a cozy, chair-free dinner table for the family. These are just a few sunroom furniture ideas for entertaining!
2. Stick to a Color Scheme
Sunrooms are typically pretty small, which means a grand color scheme can sometimes feel overwhelming. Stick to two or three colors to make your space feel larger.
Black and white is a great go-to for a modern feel, or use organic colors like green and beige to make the room feel one with nature.
The key here is to let the natural beauty of the room shine, rather than cluttering it up with too-colorful art and other design mixed design elements.
3. A Guest’s Dream
If you have a lot of guests in the summertime, treat them to a stay in the sunroom.
You don’t have to convert the room 100% to a sleeping area to host guests there. Opt for a daybed so you can use the space when you don’t have guests over.
Guests love simple, clean spaces, so keep the design of the room pretty minimal if you choose to host guests there. That means sticking to just one or two colors and not including too much furniture.
Implement a bookshelf in the guest sunroom, too, so your overnight stays have something to peruse as they fall asleep looking at the stars out the window!
4. Go Green
Decorating a sunroom can be as simple as heading to the garden section at Home Depot.
It only makes sense to fill a light-soaked room with houseplants. They’ll love all the sunshine, you’ll love how they look, and you’ll even reap health benefits from having them around.
Filling your sunroom with plants looks especially great when the walls are painted white. A simple color scheme will allow the plants to steal the show. When it comes to furniture and other accents, white or natural wood pairs nicely with houseplants.
5. Hang It Up
Hammocks are the quintessential relaxation vessel. The problem? You only ever get to use them outside.
Not anymore. Indoor hammocks are coming in hot, and they’re perfect for your sunroom. They create a perfect boho vibe that lends itself well to sunrooms, and pair great with natural houseplants.
There are two varieties you can choose from: laying hammocks and hammock seats. Hammock seats are smaller, so they’re perfect if you don’t have a ton of space in your sunroom but still want to hang.
6. Extend Your Living Space
If your sunroom already feels like a big part of your home, why not amplify that? Maintain the same color scheme and design elements in your sunroom as in the rest of your house to make it feel seamlessly connected. This is a great way to make your home feel bigger, too!
7. Add Roman Shades
During the day, the light is gorgeous, but at night, you probably want more privacy. Roman shades are perfect for sunrooms since they can be pulled up and 100% out of the way when you don’t want to use them.
There are tons of options out there for Roman shades, too. Some are super modern, some are more transparent and breezy, and some are even solid. Regardless of your design choices, they’re hands down the best shade option for sunrooms.
8. Take Your Work Outside
Why is the office often the most boring room in the house? If you work from home, you spend a ton of your time there. Even if you don’t, you’re still likely spending time at the desk poring over financials and other administrative tasks.
Make that work feel a little brighter by converting your sunroom into your office space. Remote workers will benefit from the vitamin D pouring in, and your attitude will definitely feel a little easier as you do your taxes in your favorite room in the house.
9. Your Favorite Little Nook
Always dreamt of that big, beautiful library with cozy nooks for reading all day? Guess what: your sunroom is perfect for that.
With all the natural light, you’ll never have to strain your eyes to read the words. Set up some low, horizontal bookshelves and fill them with classics for your own sunny little library.
10. A Place for the Kids
Kids want to play. If you don’t have a sufficient fence for the kids to be able to play outside without you supervising, though, that can be tough.
Enter: your sunroom as the kids’ new playspace. Make it feel magical for them with string lights and an indoor tent.
If you’re worried about them making a mess, set up a wire basket near the entrance to the sunroom to collect toys. At the end of their play session, have the kids pick up all their toys and throw them in the basket, Joanna Gaines style. At the end of the week, instruct them to go through the basket and put everything back in its rightful place.
Beyond Sunroom Decorating Ideas
Now that you’ve read up on the hottest sunroom decorating ideas for summer (no pun intended), hopefully you’ve come away with some fresh new ideas for your favorite room in the house!
Ready to plan the rest of the house? Check out our other interior design articles for tips and tricks!