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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.