Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

A Sunporch for All Seasons

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More than just an extension of your living room, the sunporch or season room is a versatile area that ties together the look you’ve chosen for your home for a particular season. Here are four of our favorite design ideas for a year-round sunporch.

1. The Sunporch as a Comfortable Family Room

When it comes to smart home concepts, a well-designed sunporch can double as another stylish family room. It has the same comfortable seats, throws, and rugs, but doesn’t sacrifice the elegance seen in other areas of the home. And because sunporches are typically enclosed by screened or glass windows, they offer a breathtaking view of the outdoors no matter the time of year.

For a shabby chic look, consider using different textures in neutral tones, such as the ones used for these elegant seats and rug. Neutral  tones absorb sunlight better than brighter shades.

2. The Sunporch as an Elegant Dining Area

A year-round sunporch can also be turned into an elegant dining room. By installing transom windows or French doors, you can regulate the temperature in the room. Open them during humid days and close them during wintry evenings. Keeping the doors open also allows you to incorporate the beauty of the surrounding garden. This creates a relaxing ambiance perfect for a lovely dining experience.

3. The Sunporch as a Vibrant Home Office

For people who prefer to work at home, you can transform your season room into an inspiring home office. Start your day right by welcoming the morning sunlight and the refreshing air through your sunporch windows. Aside from keeping your mind active, it also helps you focus on the task at hand. Remember to keep the furnishings minimal to avoid getting distracted while working.

4. The Sunporch as a Lovely Garden

Create an ideal sunporch by fusing elements from the indoor and outdoor settings of your home. Place a few potted plants, such as pot mums, weeping figs, and bamboo palms, to help prevent your season room from getting overheated in the summer. It is also a great way to naturally purify the air and promote clean oxygen. Plants add a soothing and lush accent indoors.

Decorate your sunporch to go along with the changing of the seasons. With elegant furnishings and accent pieces, it can offer you a tranquil space all throughout the year. Share your own ideas for a beautiful sunporch. Visit Balsam Hill on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, and Houzz.

About the Author
Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class. Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.
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