14 Gorgeous Sunroom Ideas to Welcome The Warmer Weather

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Design: Ashley Clark,​ sKout, Photo: Ryan Garvin Photography

We're always looking for new ways to bring the outdoors in—whether with a verdant array of potted plants, a bouquet of spring's first flowers, or fresh scents that remind us of our favorite beach towns. But there's one room in the house whose explicit purpose is to feel like an ode to the outdoors: the sunroom.

If you're lucky enough to have a space like this at home, congratulations—there's no better place to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee, or enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a long day. But while the term "sunroom" may bring to mind a specific stripe of coastal-inspired, New England aesthetics, there's more than one way to style this part of your home. Our favorite sunrooms are the ones that put a fresh, personality-packed twist on tradition—or buck it entirely, replacing wainscoting with unexpected wallpapers and trade muted, sun-bleached hues for vibrant jewel tones. The lesson to be learned is this: there's room for any personal style to bloom in a dedicated space for enjoying nature.

Click through to see our favorite sunrooms and get inspired by these diverse interpretations.

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Home Away From Home

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Design: Reem Hassaballa  

Is it just us, or does this expansive sunroom feel like a vacation retreat? We love the idea of enjoying meals in this informal, sun-drenched space as the weather warms up—it's like dining al fresco, minus the mosquitos. And this impactful, oversized light fixture in an on-trend woven fiber just makes the space feel even more special.

Huxley woven pendant light
Troy Lighting Huxley Pendant $1096 $877
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Head In The Clouds

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Design: Ashley Clark, sKout, Photo: Ryan Garvin Photography

This dreamy corner is an ideal space to curl up with a book (or even sneak in a catnap). But what really sets it apart is the creative use of luxury wallpaper on the ceiling—the hand-drawn cloud motif imbues the space with just the right touch of elevated whimsy. We'll be trying this unexpected trick at home, for certain.

cloud wallpaper
Cole & Son Nuvolette Silver & Charcoal Wallpaper $384
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Beach Modern

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Design: Kevin Dumais

Sunrooms are often synonymous with the New England beach-y look, but this modern reimagining puts a fresh spin on the standard. Classic wainscoting and nautical-inspired ceramic bells harken back to that classic feel, while fresh touches—like a sculptural coffee table and plenty of plants—bring this look into the now.

ceramic bells
Boatright Stoneware 2-Piece Bell Set $36 $31
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04 of 14

Sippin' In the Sun

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Design: Antonia Hutt, Architect: Studio William Hefner, Photo: Richard Powers

Not a fan of the coastal look? No problem. This airy sunroom is designed with one thing in mind: wine. Embrace rich leathers and more moody tones for a refined tasting room that's perfect for sampling this season's Rosé. (Just be sure to reserve some climate-controlled space for the bottles, since a sunny spot is more suited to budding sommeliers than to the vintages themselves.)

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Looking Up

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Design: Kevin Isbell Interiors, Photo: David A. Land

The best way to emphasize the airy, open feel of a sunroom? Draw the eye upward. This space from Kevin Isbell Interiors does just that, highlighting the unique roofline with a "statement ceiling" consisting of a contrasting wood treatment and a one-of-a-kind shell-embellished chandelier—a clever nod to the chic coastal vibe.

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Slow Living

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Design: Kevin Dumais

Sometimes the best designs are the simplest. Treating a sunroom like you would a porch, this serene space makes it easy to relax and watch the beauty of the outdoors from a unique, rustic wood perch.

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The Royal Treatment

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  Design: Kevin Isbell Interiors, Photo: Julia Lynn

In a word? Obsession-worthy. This space proves that sunrooms don't need to play by the "traditional" rulebook, and that a pop of bold personality is even more delightful in a crisp white space. A rich blue couch topped with royal purple pillows provides tons of drama against a bleached background, while trendy rattan pieces—in unique shapes—bring in the ultimate mix of hip and beachy vibes. We love this quirky interpretation of what a sunroom should be.

rattan armchair
Serena and Lily Venice Rattan Chair $498
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Dinner Theatre

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 Design: Liz Caan

While most sunrooms prioritize space for lounging over dining, we're particularly moved by this setup. A fireplace stocked with wood makes the space all-season ready, and we can just imagine enjoying a fall meal surrounded by beautiful foliage on all sides. This space serves as a great reminder that a well-designed sunroom shouldn't just be for springtime and summer.

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All In The Details

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Design: Anne R. Kokoskie, Styled by ARK

The longer you look at this window-surrounded space, the better it gets. While the floor-to-ceiling glass and decadent trim leave little wallspace, the space that does remain is painted a deep nautical navy, adding just the right amount of contrast. The natural textures throughout the space draw from different locales, bringing an international air to the space—Riviera-style cafe chairs mingle with exotic rattan lanterns and an artisan wooden coffee table to create a layered, eclectic feel.

rattan lantern
Amanda Lindroth Medium Harbour Island Lantern $249
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Banq On It

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Design: Champalimaud Design 

What better way to enjoy a sunroom than on an oversized banquette big enough for family and friends? We love a bold mix of prints, and sunroom designs are no exception. The banquette covered in an eye-catching fabric is clearly the star of this space, while a few pops of more traditional motifs—like classic stripes and buffalo plaids—lend added interest.

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Millennial Luxe

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 Design: Meridith Baer, Photo: Todd Goodman

This ultra-modern sunroom checks all the boxes: muted tones of pink and grey, softly-sloping shapes inspired by art deco designs, and yes, even an oversized plant. This may be the most glamorous take on sunroom style we've seen to date.

Grey velvet club chair
Safavieh Couture Vernon Glam Grey Velvet Club Chair $967 $919
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Cozy Nook

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Design: JDP Interiors, Photo: Amy Bartlam

We wouldn't quite call this a sunroom—it's more of a sun-nook. Still, we'd be hard-pressed to come up with a better use of this uniquely shaped space. The charming built-in is the windowseat of our dreams, and we love how the designer was able to imbue the space with a laid-back, boho feel that's cohesive with the rest of the home. The finishing touch? Pretty custom window treatments that make it easy to adapt the space for midday sun.

artisan throw pillows
The Citizenry Monochrome Luxe Pillow Bundle, Set of 5 $655
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Warm and Rustic

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Design: Katie Martinez

With white-washed walls and floors, there's plenty of room to play around with rich, dark wood tones and dramatic textiles without worrying about weighing down the space or making it feel "heavy". We love the way designer Katie Martinez brings a well-traveled air to this breezy space.

red hand-knotted rug
Khal Mohammadi Hand-Knotted Wool Rug $1182 $317
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Gray Day

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Photo: Rikki Snyder 

There are so many ideas we love in this space. First, the dark gray palette feels surprising for a sunroom—and we love surprises. But just in case you need to lighten the mood when it's grey outdoors and in, the strings of café lights lining the perimeter of the room provide a warm glow—even better for achieving a patio-inspired vibe when cocktail hour rolls around.

cafe lights
Pottery Barn 20-Bulb Cafe String Lights $89 $60
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