The sunroom or the three seasons room is the ideal place to relax and unwind. It allows you to enjoy the scenery with the comfort of home. While you can have bedrooms with a view and a cosy study, a sunroom is a place for enjoyment and entertainment. It does not hyphenate with other things like work, study, and sleep, though it can if you want.
Here are four things you need to remember to make the full use of your sunroom.
- Maximise your use of natural light.
As its name implies, the sunroom is in the part of the house that receives the most amount of sunlight. To maximise the location, have tall windows, glass doors, and a skylight. All these elements not only allow more sunlight to enter your home but also blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors. Without the restrictions of the dark ceiling and walls, space feels more open to light, to nature, and to peace.
Remember to keep the room secure as well. Use reinforced glass and have locks on windows that open. Also, have privacy measures in areas that are visible to strangers. Make use of curtains or block your furniture in such a way that allows you to enjoy the outside world and not vice versa.
- Use materials that are weather resistant.
The sunroom can open up to the outdoors. You need to have durable materials that are not afraid of water and dust. Luxury vinyl as flooring is easy to clean and maintain. It also does not shrink or bleach under the sun. Use furniture that is easy to clean, materials like wicker, bamboo, or wood. Stay away from hard to clean fabrics, no matter how small of a space they occupy. A little throw pillow made of silk might be too excessive for a sunroom. Stick to simple, clean, and comfortable features.
- Treat it as an extension of two different spaces.
The sunroom is not just a place to entertain or relax. Often it can also act as storage space. However, when you start to treat your sunroom like a garage the mess escalates. It could become cluttered, and the area no longer feels comfortable. The sunroom stops being a sunroom and becomes a glorified closet.
It is an extension of two places; it is the indoors while enjoying the outdoors and vice versa. Maintain that balance. The indoor should not overtake with old furniture and tech. At the same time, the outdoor should not make the sunroom its permanent home with too many potted plants and gardening tools. Balance the two by creating an organisation system, just like the rest of the house.
- Design it with your lifestyle in mind.
Design the sunroom and its storage with your lifestyle in mind. If you are an artist, create a nook where you can get creative. If you do yoga, create your exercise space. The sunroom can be flexible, but the other elements should not be an afterthought, it must be deliberate. By doing this you are assigning a role to space, just like a kitchen is for cooking and a bedroom is for sleeping.
With these four tips, you can adequately create an active space.