Wood sunroom ideas

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Wood sunroom ideas
Wood sunrooms can serve many purposes in your home. (decoration and light image by Georgios Alexandris from Fotolia.com)

Sunrooms are attached to the main house and often are enclosed rooms, though some are not always enclosed. Wood sunrooms create the illusion of being both indoors and outdoors. They provide a space for relaxation and sometimes are used for greenhouses, children's play areas or sitting rooms.

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Window Blinds

Wood sunrooms are known to be bright and airy. All the windows allow any surrounding nature views to be enjoyed. Window blinds are a great idea for a sunroom; even though "sun" is in the name, there are times when sunrays might want to be kept out. Installing blinds gives you the option to keep light out when it's not wanted. You should also consider installing outdoor blinds as an alternative to indoor blinds; properly installed exterior conservatory blinds can keep up to 90% of sunrays out. The most popular fabric for exterior blinds is mesh, because it allows some visibility while keeping intrusive sunlight out of the room.

Flooring

Wood sunrooms tend to have more windows than average rooms, allowing more light in, which can be damaging to your sunroom floor. Sunroom flooring should be able to withstand many hours of sunlight and years of foot traffic. The best option for a wood sunroom floor is tile. Other floor options are laminate or hardwood; however, neither will withstand the sunrooms wear and tear as well as tile. Tile is easy to clean, moisture resistant and can absorb heat during hot summer days and still help keep the floor and the room cool.

Wood Sunroom Design Phase

Sunrooms are ultimately part of your home's interior and should be thought of as an interior room during the sunroom design phase. The most important thing to consider in the design is the purposes the sunroom will serve (sitting room, entertaining, kids playroom and so on). Other things to consider are the relation of the sunroom to the home, wood type (cedar, oak or another type), size and shape of the room. Wood sunroom designs often have the option for window ceilings, creating a perfect marriage between the indoor space and outdoor space. If you are building a new wood sunroom in your home, you can hire a contractor or build it yourself. Wood sunroom do-it-yourself kits are available, which can save a lot of money, but be sure you have the skills to get the job done before you commit to building and designing the room yourself.

Sunroom Interior Design Ideas

Once the sunroom is finished and ready to be decorated, consider different ideas for the interior design. Light and airy should be the theme, with a light colour scheme, light sheer curtains, and other window treatments to allow light in and out when desired. Furnishings should complement the wood framing of the sunroom; wicker and rattan are popular furniture options for a wood sunroom. Ultimately, the decor should be about function and comfort. Cushions are a must in the sunroom; they can complete a decor theme while providing a comfortable place to rest. Be sure to include plenty of seating in your design. Storage areas always come in handy for keeping things organised, especially if your sunroom will serve as a greenhouse. Other things to consider are night lighting, ceiling fans and even water features to complete the ultimate ambience of relaxation.

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