The sunroom is typically a space that opens up to a view, bridging the gap between the outdoors and the indoors. Generally speaking, Thomas advocates for a laissez-faire approach to designing this space. You want the vibe to be relaxed: stacks of magazines and books by the reading chair, a cable-knit throw blanket casually strewn on an armchair. “This is the space where it should look a bit unbuttoned, so that you can unwind.”
To further embrace the bright and airy enclave, bring in plants like ornamental orchids, bushy ferns, and hanging blooms. Finish the look with a graphic floor that pairs well with ample plant life. “Painted floors are a fantastic way to incorporate interest and anchor a space without the maintenance of a rug,” Thomas says. “Don’t sacrifice aesthetics for function.”
5. Keep it informal
Des Moines–based gallery owner and art advisor Liz Lidgett says her family’s sunroom is a favorite spot in their home. It’s where they listen to records and have dance parties with their kids. As such, the goal was “to brighten the room up, keep it informal, but give it a punch of a style.” And, of course, leave some space for dancing.
To do so, Lidgett kept the furniture to a minimum, placing it “where people will truly sit and use the space.” She continues, “Our vintage rattan set and the swing that my father built for us give a little soul to the room.” Whenever Lidgett is decorating, she looks for “art, handmade pieces, and vintage pieces—elements that make a room memorable.” The sunroom is no exception. Here, Lidgett showcases a framed print by Irish artist Lola Donoghue, hung on the window for a touch of irreverence.