How Designer Danielle Chiprut Transformed an Empty Sunroom Into a Cozy Sanctuary

Sunroom with white brick wall, gray chaise lounges, and plants.

Design: Danielle Chiprut, Photo: Raquel Langworthy

If there’s something we never get tired of seeing, it’s a great makeover. Whether it’s transforming a retro bathroom into a modern oasis or giving a lackluster bedroom a fresh look, pros perform these design miracles all the time.

To give designers a chance to showcase their favorite makeovers—and to bring you plenty of inspiration for your own home—we’re sharing the best before and afters we’ve seen in our series, Makeover of the Week. Take notes for your next renovation.

“After moving into their 1917 Colonial home, my clients quickly recognized their sunroom’s potential—as well as the fact it was in desperate need of a facelift,” designer Danielle Chiprut, the owner of the Danielle Rose Design Company, says. “My goal was to turn this bonus room into a resort-like retreat where they could enjoy the views of their yard and soak in the sun. The renovation took place in January of 2020, creating the perfect hideaway before lockdown began.”

Meet the Expert

Danielle Chiprut is an interior designer and owner of the Danielle Rose Design Company in Rockville Centre, New York, known for creating globally-inspired interiors filled with colorful textiles, natural materials, brushed metals, and unexpected details.

Before:

Before shot of the sunroom.

Courtesy of Danielle Chiprut

“The room had amazing natural sunlight, yet the drab green-gray paint on the walls was peeling, the overhead lighting was underwhelming, the original windows and molding were in disrepair, and the room served no defined purpose," Chiprut notes. "I was also challenged with creating a functional floor plan due to the sunroom’s long and narrow layout.”

After:

Bright sunroom with white plush chaise lounges.

Design: Danielle Chiprut, Photo: Raquel Langworthy

“The goal was to create a place where my clients could curl up with a book on a comfy lounge chair and escape the world,” Chiprut says. “Shades of cream and gray are paired with organic textures, while vintage-looking brass and glass light fixtures replaced the outdated overhead lighting. Sliding glass doors were added to increase the room’s flow, and a small two-top table in the corner of the sunroom allows my clients to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning sunlight.”

What Changed:

  • Color theme: A soothing palette of sandy creams and soft grays create a peaceful aesthetic.
  • Floor: The original hardwoods were refinished in a medium brown stain while a natural handwoven jute rug adds warmth and texture to the space.  
  • Molding: The crown molding on the ceiling, as well as the diamond wall detailing, was restored and painted.
  • Walls: The walls were painted light gray (Passive by Sherwin-Williams) to brighten up the room, and the exposed brick was restored and painted in a soft white (Snowbound by Sherwin-Williams).
  • Loungers: Two oversized loungers, upholstered in a light gray performance linen, are paired with tasseled pillows in neutral colors and cozy throw blankets. 
  • Side table: A white marble-topped side table is centered between the two lounge chairs, providing a spot to rest a drink or book. 
  • Ceiling fixture: Modern yet retro-in-feel brass chandeliers feature white glass globes.  
  • Windows and doors: The original windows were repaired and the molding replaced, while sliding glass doors were added to gain access to the backyard. 
  • Plants: Plants were placed in woven baskets and handmade planters to add color and texture to the space. 
  • Clock: The oversized white and gray wall clock is suspended on the brick wall and compliments the room’s soft color palette.
  • Table and chairs: A lightly distressed wood table is paired with two linen covered dining chairs.

Shop the Look:

Serene photo of plant on table.

Design: Danielle Chiprut, Photo: Raquel Langworthy

Galveston Chaise Lounge
Joss & Main Galveston Chaise Lounge $510
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“Deep cushions make for a comfortable yet stylish lounger,” Chiprut notes.

Chunky Wool Jute Rug
Pottery Barn Chunky Wool/Jute Rug in Natural $230-1500
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“The cozy jute rug is designed to be soft on the feet yet can withstand high traffic,” Chiprut says.

Hyeres Dining Table
Pottery Barn Hyeres Oval Pedestal Dining Table $499
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A rustic chic table brings a touch of modern farmhouse style to the space.

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