Real Estate and Design Tips
Our next stop on our room design tour is the Sunroom or Florida room is what we like to call it. It is the space that lets in the most light. Has tons of windows and usually steps off the living room to the side or back of the house. If you don't have one you want one!
It that place that lets you hang outside without the heat. A place where you drink iced tea and read a book or watch the kids play in the sprinklers. Some use their Florida room as their exercise room, office or painting studio. For our purposes we are doing a relaxing, entertaining space that is airy, sophist aced but functional.
Here we go.
1. Neutral base. The best place to start in designing an airy, sunny room is to keep the large areas neutral. The feature of the space is the large windows and views outside. Large furniture pieces like the sofa and chairs need to be a neutral fade and stain resistant fabric. There are some great furniture showrooms that have the Sunbrella fabric or other indoor/outdoor fabric. Ask to see the under side of the fabric, it should have a layer of waterproof protection between fabric and cushion.
Sheer curtains add to the airy feeling. Can you just picture them blowing in the wind, Shades are a practical choice also as long as they can be raised out of site.
2. Bold design. A sunroom is a chance to step out of the box and get bold! A great bold floor tile is ideal for a small space with lots of light. A great patterned tile or simple brick lay or herringbone layout are all great options. I chose a large hexagon tile with a bold color for this design. Lighting is also a great chance to bring in bold accents. A unique fixture like these basket lights add to the outdoor look.
3. Functional design. A sunroom usually leads to the outdoors, so functional areas and storage is key to keep that relaxed nice look. Closed storage, like a storage table or ottoman can conceal board games and puzzles. A bench near the door outside can hide shoes underneath. Having a counter height table or bar area, is great for entertaining and keeping the food and wine away from the sofa. The drop zone and eating combined area can be separate from the living area.
The added whimsical touch to any sunroom is a unique sitting feature. Papasan chair, standing swing or a hanging chair is a great statement piece, not to mention comfy place to read. All the items in our mood board are available online and local furniture stores at reasonable price ranges. See our home page if you are interested in getting concept boards you can shop from. I am loving the navy and blush color palette but there are plenty of directions you can take your Florida or Sun room. What color palette would you choose?
gina t graham
Home Staging and Redesign for Jacksonville, FL.
"Sometimes excellent is not a good enough word. I recommend Gina to everyone who is selling their home and for setting up the next home they buy." -Kit, staging client.