As summer draws to a close, your sunroom will become a focal point of your home as the evenings get darker and cooler. As you and your family think about moving your evening entertainment from the deck to the sunroom, it’s time to think about how to make your sunroom more cosy and inviting for the new season.
Big cosy ideas
The way in which you go about creating a cosier sunroom will depend on how big a project you want to undertake. Some big ideas for a cosy sunroom include:
- Add a heat source – nothing says cosy like a crackling fire inside. Not every sunroom will be handle the heat generated by an open fireplace, which makes a wood burning stove or a pellet stove a more suitable solution. Both types of stove will generate a lovely warmth and pleasing visuals all autumn long.
- Install thick curtains – it can seem counterintuitive to put curtains in a room where the main selling feature is the large number of windows. However, by installing thick curtains for the evenings, you can create a sense of intimacy and benefit from their naturally insulating properties so you can keep the heat off a little longer.
- Choose warmer paint colours – if you’re looking for a bigger remodelling project, painting the walls with a warmer tone will make your sunroom feel cosier. Make sure it’s a colour that will work well in the warmer months so you’re not having to repaint every six months!
On the other hand, you can keep your touch light and make some simple changes to make your sunroom feel ready for autumn:
- Add some soft furnishings – the size and softness of your throw cushions speaks volumes about your intentions for a room. Putting smaller, coarser cushions out suggests that they’re there for decoration, while larger plusher cushions invite people to lounge and snuggle up. Throw a couple of fuzzy blankets on the back of each couch and you’re ready for the cooler evenings indoors.
- Re-arrange the furniture – during the summer, you may have your room set up so that the seating faces the windows. By turning it inside to face each other, you create a sense of intimacy and set up evenings spent talking over warm drinks.
- Add soft lighting – most sunrooms have some sort of overhead lighting for the spring and summer evenings but this can feel bright and overwhelming when you’re trying to set up a cosy sunroom. Putting lamps with downward facing shades and tall candles will create a soft lighting effect that triggers feelings of warmth and comfort all season long.
Whatever changes you make to get cosy in your sunroom, you’ll need to think about whether you want them to be permanent or just for the season. Just like the paint colours, if you’re planning permanent changes, you may want to experiment as summer is wrapping up so you know that your sunroom will continue to feel cosy all year long.