Research reveals that sunlight increases serotonin, a chemical in your body that makes you happy and keeps you in a good mood. During the winter months, the cold weather makes it difficult to spend as much time outdoors. Sunrooms provide an opportunity to bring the outdoors inside during these months. If you’re thinking about designing a sunroom – or you have one that you’re not using – here are some tips for creating a sunroom that you’ll truly enjoy.
What Is The Purpose Of It
Leigh Spicher, National Director of Design Studios for Ashton Woods, agrees that sunrooms can put you in a good mood. “Let’s just go ahead and call your sunroom your happy place. Also, natural light is perfect for so many different activities, from meditation to reading to planting,” she says. Or, it could be a place to listen to music or take naps. In any event, Spicher says. Thus, you need to decide how you want to use the room before you choose the finishes. Thus, like paint colors or flooring.
Use These Three Principle
After deciding the sunroom’s purposes, Spicher says says it’s important to apply these three basic design principles:
- First, your sunroom needs balance, according to Spicher. “This doesn’t mean you need double windows on each side of the room. But, the space should not have all the furnishings pushed to one side,” she explains. A fireplace can also add warmth when the temperature drops too low.
- Second, Spicher says the sunroom also needs rhythm. “Choose a finish, color or texture and repeat it through your room,” she says. “I love the use of a natural material like brick or hardwood in a sunroom; an interesting pattern like herringbone creates natural rhythm and a feel-good vibe in the room.”
- The third element of a good sunroom is harmony, which Spicher explains as different elements working together. “I love to blend different natural elements, like wood and stone,” she explains. Spicher recommends filling the room with various different elements that make you feel good. “Create your sunroom as a personalized space for you,” she says.
Materials And Finishes
According to Lori Wiles, founder of Lori Wiles Design, the sunroom is getting a lot of attention as a relaxed addition to a home. “We’re creating strong structural elements in natural finishes like stone walls, iron strapping and lights, and wood that extend the character of the house in a more casual application,” Wiles says. “It’s really a bridge between inside and out, with the comfort and security of inside and the freshness and relaxation of being outside.”
Design For Comfort
Since the goal is to spend a lot of time in this room, according to Eric Gustafson, president of PureModern. Choosing something that expresses your style and will create a retreat-like atmosphere. “The sky is the limit when choosing décor – you can go with a minimalistic look where you may only want to add a clock and some throw pillows, or you can get adventurous and add some wall art or a fireplace.”