Florida Room | Sun Room Design Trends

Casually Elegant Sunroom, Anderson Studio of Architecture & Design
Casually Elegant Sun Room, Anderson Studio of Architecture & Design

In the old days the Florida Room or Sun Room (for those who live outside the state of Florida) was referred to as the Sun Porch or Sun Parlor. It was a room that set out to the back of the house, designed to admit a large amount of sunlight through a glass-enclosed wall of windows with the purpose of displaying beautiful views. Built to admit and retain the sun’s heat in cool countries and reflect it away in warm countries, it was a space for relaxing as if you were outdoors but without having to deal with outdoor elements.

Sunroom, Breakfast Room Combination Invites Outside In, Buckingham Interiors + Design
Sun Room, Breakfast Room Combination Invites Outside In, Buckingham Interiors + Design

Today, modern technology affords us the luxury of enjoying this space year round with smart home technology and energy star certified windows, doors and skylights. With indoor climate control at our fingertips and we don’t have to live in Florida to enjoy our own version of a Florida Room. But you should consider following a few design tips to achieve it.

Sunroom with Wall of Windows, Vogue
Sun Room with Wall of Windows

Wall of Windows A Florida Room or Sun Room begins with creating a feeling of openness to the outdoors and the view beyond. Large scale windows are an invitation to nature to embrace your room with gladness and beckons your soul to take pleasure in the view beyond.

Indoor/Outdoor Sunroom, Key Largo, Fl, William Taylor, Architect
Indoor/Outdoor Sun Room, Key Largo, Fl, William Taylor, Architect

Interior Color The choice of color should be dictated by your surroundings and the year round range of color and nature in your area. From bright to bold, neutrals to white the point is to complement nature and climate around you.

Sunroom Terrace, Bill Litchfield, Jackye Lanham
Four-Season Sun Room, Bill Litchfield, Jackye Lanham

Furnishings Comfortable, stylish and a conversational layout are the three design elements to strive for when selecting your furnishings for your Sun Room. One fabric trend that is particularly applicable to Sun Room furniture are the new offerings of indoor/outdoor fabrics that are made to stand up under heavy usage. Stain resistant and offered in many colors, pattern and textures, these fabrics are a wonderful option to consider.

Sun Room, Keeping Room with Circular Adorned Beam Ceiling
Sun Room, Keeping Room with Circular Adorned Beam Ceiling

Adapt a Space New home builders are offering floor plans that allow more natural light into the home which allows us to create a sun room that serves double duty. The most common combinations are breakfast nooks or informal dining areas open to the kitchen. For more design inspiration please visit Florida Homes to view a full range of sun rooms to suite every style!

Today’s sun room is a multi-functional space that serves us well, in respite, in entertainment, relaxation and dining. Most of all it offers us a view of possibilities.


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2 thoughts on “Florida Room | Sun Room Design Trends

  1. Wow that first Florida room Anderson design with the glass doors on the left, single large wood table and dark wood floor is remarkable. Can you please tell me the color of the floor? We are installing a comparable item. Thank you

    1. Hello Andrew, thank you for your comment on this gorgeous Florida room. The hardwood floor is amazing and although I can’t advise you of the exact finish it is definitely in the dark walnut family. I hope this helps and that your installation goes extremely well!

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