40 Airy Sunrooms That Are Brimming With Natural Light

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Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Styling by Hilary Robertson / Photo by Amy Neunsinger

A sunroom is a welcome addition to any home that provides access to natural light any time of the year and in any weather. Sunrooms come in many shapes and sizes, from small front or back porch conversions to spacious additions. If your house came with a sunroom, you can decorate it with plants, turn it into a dining room, playroom, home office, or entertaining space with the right decor and furniture. Or you can build a sunroom addition to your home to add value or seamlessly connect spaces.

Have a look at these stylish sunroom ideas that range from simple screen rooms to all-weather insulated sunrooms with climate control, fireplaces, and other features for ideas on how to set up and decorate a sunroom of your own.

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    Highlight the View

    open sunroom

    Ashley Montgomery Design

    With its tall windows and view to the large outdoor space, this sunroom from Ashley Montgomery Design is perfect for relaxing. Located just off the kitchen makes it perfect for casual entertaining. A coffered ceiling detail makes it feel elegant and like it's part of the house rather than an add-on.

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    Add Patterned Tile

    sunroom with patterned tile floor

    Becca Interiors

    Becca Interiors added patterned tile flooring to this sunroom that makes it feel decorated and defines the space. Comfortable seating, a coffee table, and an end table make it an ideal spot to curl up with a book.

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    Set Up a Dining Table

    sunroom dining room

    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Photo by Erin Kelly

    This updated 70s Pittsburgh home from Leanne Ford Interiors has a bump-out sunroom dining room with wraparound windows and whitewashed finishes that has sweeping views of the outdoors. A set of buttercup yellow Panton chairs with groovy vintage curves lets the sunshine in even on cloudy days, and provides a color accent that energizes the space. The bottom half of the windows open up when desired to let the breeze flow in.

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    Incorporate Lighting

    contemporary sunroom

    BHDM Design / Photo by Reid Rolls

    While sunrooms are designed to be used during daylight, be sure to add lighting so that you can use the space after dark. This Long Island, NY, sunroom from BHDM Design has contemporary pendant lighting, a mix of woven, wood, and metal furniture and decor, and a casual striped rug that anchors the seating area, perfect for sharing a glass of wine among friends.

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    Cover the Windows

    sunroom with ceiling beams

    Britt Design Studio

    While some people leave their sunroom windows bare, it's worth considering installing shades or blinds for light and climate control (and privacy) when needed, especially if your sunroom faces south. Britt Design Studio installed both woven Roman shades and drapes along one wall of this neutral-toned sunroom, outfitted with a large sectional sofa.

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    Make It a Game Room

    sunroom game room

    Design by Kate Marker Interiors / Photo by Margaret Rajic

    Kate Marker Interiors turned this back porch cottage sunroom into a light and airy game room with cozy seating and white walls and window shades.

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    Keep It Neutral

    modern farmhouse sunroom

    Design by Crisp Architects / Photo by Rob Karosis

    This modern farmhouse sunroom from Crisp Architects has a palette of white, black, and gray, with comfortable seating, white shiplap walls, black casement windows, and a large area rug to anchor the space.

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    Make It a Screen Room

    screen room sunroom

    Design by Chango & Co. / Photo by Sarah Elliott

    One variation of a sunroom is a screen room that trades windows for screens that keep bugs out while letting the breeze in, like this breezy all-white screen room from Chango & Co.

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    Add Boho Style

    boho-style sunroom

    A Beautiful Mess

    This screen porch turned three-season sunroom from A Beautiful Mess is decorated with plants, a large plush area rug, and a low table with floor pillows to create a casual hang out and entertaining space during warm weather.

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    Incorporate Texture

    all-white sunroom

    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Styling by Hilary Robertson / Photo by Amy Neunsinger

    Leanne Ford Interiors added texture to this all-white sunroom using a mix of glossy and matte finishes, materials, and natural accents that complement the lush green setting. A built-in glass-front storage unit on the third wall mimics the windows, reflecting the views and bouncing around light.

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    Turn It Into a Music Room

    sunroom music room

    Design by Kate Marker Interiors / Photo by Margaret Rajic

    A grand piano turns this sunroom from Kate Marker Interiors into a tranquil music room and gathering spot. Bluestone floors add character to the space, which has direct access to the outdoor space through French doors.

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    Build a Kitchen

    kitchen sunroom

    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Photo by Erin Kelly

    Leanne Ford Interiors turned this bright sunroom into a light and airy all-white kitchen with an indoor-outdoor feel. A large central island beneath the vaulted ceiling is anchored by an oversized pendant light.

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    Add Drapes

    sunroom with arched windows

    Design by Chango & Co. / Photo by Christian Torres

    This sunroom from Chango & Co. has a U-shaped sectional that seats a crowd, anchored by wrap-around arched windows. A large area rug lightens up the dark wood flooring and makes the space feel cozier, and wrap-around white drapes can be used for privacy and light control while fading into the background when they're not needed.

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    Add a Fireplace

    sunroom with fireplace

    Design by Crisp Architects / Photo by Rob Karosis

    This sunroom addition from Crisp Architects has every comfort, from radiant heat to keep it warm in winter when there's snow on the ground to a cozy fireplace.

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    Accent With Bold Color

    colorful sunroom

    Design by Chango & Co. / Photo by Sarah Elliott

    Chango & Co. added geometric floor tile in a bold shade of green in this multipurpose sunroom enclosed by industrial style metal-and-glass walls. The green is carried onto the ceiling fan to make what can be an eyesore into a feature. A round dining table anchored by a woven pendant light occupies a curved bump-out and a comfortable seating area is decorated with an eclectic mix of furniture.

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    Spread the Light

    sunroom with grand piano

    Design by Crisp Architects / Photo by Rob Karosis

    Crisp Architects built a sunroom with the formal elegance of an indoor room that was designed to be a central gathering space for family and friends in all seasons and any kind of weather. A grand piano occupies a corner of the space and wall sconces spaced around the room between the windows adds warm ambient light. In warm weather, the casement windows can be opened to make the sunroom feel more like a screen porch.

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    Create a Home Office

    sunroom office

    BHDM Design and ARCHIVE by Dan Mazzarini / Photo by Reid Rolls

    This picture perfect sunroom home office from BHDM Design and ARCHIVE by Dan Mazzarini has glossy white painted wood floors, gray walls, and wrap-around white trimmed windows that face the garden and can be opened to let in fresh air.

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    Add a Hanging Chair

    sunroom area rug

    Blakely Interior Design

    Blakely Interior Design suspended a hanging chair from the ceiling of this long and narrow sunroom that is decorated in coastal shades of blue, white, and natural woven tones. A patterned area rug makes it feel cozier.

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    Include Transom Windows

    sunroom with roman shades

    M Lavender Interiors

    M Lavender Interiors added woven Roman shades to the main windows in this sunroom living room, leaving the top row of single transom windows around the periphery bare. Symmetrical seating and a pair of palm plants in the corners lends the space a formal but relaxed feel.

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    Trim It Up

    sunroom with casement windows

    Design by Crisp Architects / Photo by Rob Karosis

    This sunroom from Crisp Architects has white casement windows, and intricate moldings and ceiling beams that complement the stone fireplace and living area. A sliding French door that matches the windows leads to an outdoor patio dining area.

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    Keep It Casual

    sunroom with woven shades

    Blakely Interior Design

    Blakely Interior Design added banquette seating to maximize space around the picnic-style table in this casual sunroom dining space decorated with woven textures and bright colors.

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    Use Indoor-Outdoor Furniture

    small sunroom with table and chairs

    M Lavender Interiors

    M Lavender Interiors added a simple French-style folding table and chairs to this small screen porch-style sunroom that reinforces the indoor-outdoor feel and creates a flexible and inviting space.

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    Hang It Up

    sunroom with hanging seat

    Becca Interiors

    An upholstered swing suspended by rope from the ceiling of this sunroom from Becca Interiors adds a whimsical touch to the light-flooded space. White shiplap walls and a ceiling fan with whitewashed wooden blades adds the airy, coastal feel.

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    Keep It Private

    bedroom sunroom

    Design by Crisp Architects / Photo by Rob Karosis

    A small sunroom accessed by sliding French doors gives this primary bedroom from Crisp Architects the air of a private suite, perfect for morning coffees or winding down after a long day.

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    Accent With Black

    sunroom with high gloss floors

    BHDM Design / Photo by Reid Rolls

    A black winding staircase and cowhide rug add a graphic note to this immaculate white sunroom from BHDM Design with its white walls, windows, and high gloss painted hardwood floors.

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    Add Rattan Furniture

    sunroom with rattan furniture

    Design by Calimia Home / Photo by Kelly Boyd

    The sunroom in this 1918 Colonial-style house in Savannah, GA, from Calimia Home is decorated with vintage-style rattan furniture that warms up the tile floors and white walls.

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    Build Banquette Seating

    sunroom banquette

    A Beautiful Mess

    A Beautiful Mess added a dramatic channel-tufted banquette seating with hidden storage on the far wall of this long and narrow sunroom that turns it into a delightful spot for casual meals and coffee breaks.

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    Decorate With Earth Tones

    sunroom with fireplace

    Becca Interiors

    Becca Interiors decorated this spacious family room sunroom with comfortable furniture and decor in earth tones that complement the rustic stone fireplace and add contrast with the white walls of windows.

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    Create a Reading Room

    home library sunroom

    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Photo by Tessa Neustadt

    Leanne Ford Interiors turned this sunroom into a home library reading room with a large table, comfortable vintage-style office chairs, art and photos, and a textural rug that warms up the brick floors.

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    Add a Farm Table

    coastal sunroom dining room

    Tyler Karu Design + Interiors / Photo by Erin Little

    A long antique farm table surrounded by vintage white wicker chairs turns this waterfront sunroom in Freeport, ME, from Tyler Karu Design + Interiors into a scenic spot to host a crowd.

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    Build a Window Seat

    sunroom window seat

    Liz Marie Blog

    This farmhouse sunroom from blogger Liz Marie includes a window seat with built-in storage under the bench that provides a place to read or cuddle up. Gauzy cafe-style curtains hung around the lower half of the white pane windows add softness and can be closed to add privacy or filter light.

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    Use Natural Wood Tones

    sunroom family room

    Kate Marker Interiors

    Kate Marker Interiors clad the walls, vaulted ceilings, and exposed beams of this spacious sunroom living room in pale hardwood wood rather than white paint to give it a natural and timeless feel that is easier to maintain.

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    Add Seasonal Decor

    summer sunroom decor

    Finding Silver Pennies

    This 1927 screened in porch turned three-season turned four-season sunroom from Finding Silver Pennies on the Massachusetts shore has evolved over the last century into an all-season gathering space. Seasonal decor keeps things fresh in the coastal style sunroom, decorated here for summer.

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    Create a Mudroom

    mudroom sunroom

    Design by Tyler Karu + Interiors / Photo by Erin Little

    This Maine sunroom mudroom from Tyler Karu + Interiors has windows on three sides leading to a small front porch. There's bench seating with under-bench storage for taking off and putting on shoes and boots or curling up with a book.

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    Build a Freestanding Space

    detached screen porch sunroom

    Design by Kate Marker Interiors / Photo by Stoffer Photography

    A freestanding sunroom with the air of a screened-in porch is a simpler way to add an extra room without building a formal addition to your home. This detached screen porch sunroom from Kate Marker Interiors mixes rustic knotty wood with tile flooring and is decorated like an outdoor living room with comfortable seating and an area rug.

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    Add Scandi Style

    scandi-style sunroom

    Fantastic Frank

    This Colorado combination mudroom and sunroom from Fantastic Frank has minimalist Scandi-style vibes with its shades of white, simple furniture, and pale gray painted floorboards.

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    Hang Curtain Panels

    living room sunroom

    Whittney Parkinson Design

    Whittney Parkinson Design mixed modern furniture and antique touches in this light-flooded sunroom living room that is set up for formal entertaining. Short curtain panels help to soften the corners, while woven shades can be closed to filter light.

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    Stay Neutral

    modern farmhouse sunroom

    Liz Marie Blog

    Blogger Liz Marie decorated this modern farmhouse sunroom in shades of white and beige from the walls, ceilings, and windows to the wide painted floorboards. Antique-style chairs and a round table floats in the middle of the space, a perfect spot for a weekend breakfast.

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    Create a Workspace

    home office sunroom

    Design by Emilie Fournet Interiors / Photo by Caitlin Mogridge

    In this London sunroom home office from Emilie Fournet Interiors, fabric shades cover the windows of the slanted ceiling to filter light and minimize glare, while a large area rug.

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    Add Skylights

    screen porch sunroom

    Becca Interiors

    Becca Interiors added skylights to this large sunroom that let in natural light from above. A pair of pendant light chandeliers suspended from the wood-paneled ceiling beams anchor the living and dining spaces for after-dark entertaining.

Is a sunroom addition a good investment?

A sunroom addition can be a good investment that will make your home more livable, especially during winter months if you live in a cold climate. According to Angi, building a sunroom will yield a 49% return on investment.

Are there any downsides to having a sunroom?

One downside of having a sunroom is regularly cleaning the windows to maximize sunlight and keep it looking sharp. Because of all those windows, a sunroom is less energy efficient. You should expect to incur higher energy costs for heated or air-conditioned sunrooms. 

Which type of sunroom is best? 

The best type of sunroom for your home depends on your needs and budget. The most comfortable and luxurious sunrooms are insulated and climate-controlled for year-round living. A three-season sunroom can be enjoyed in any season except winter, but will cost less to build. A screen room with window screens rather than glass on the windows that keeps the bugs out but let the breeze in is suitable for mild climates.

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