Inspiration: Beautiful & Bright Sun Rooms and Porches

Inspiration: Beautiful & Bright Sun Rooms and Porches

Jess Watson
May 10, 2010

Growing up in Arizona, sun porches and sun rooms were often a necessary luxury. When summers couldn't be enjoyed outside, these shaded respites at least allowed us to feel like we were outside without risking dehydration and sunburns in the 120° weather (I don't care how "dry" the heat is&helip; that is just plain HOT!).

Here's a roundup of sun rooms and porches we would've happily spent lounging in during both the hottest and coolest days of the year (and everything in between):

1 - This sun room by Amy Neusinger uses a pair of glass doors to create an indoor outdoor space that essentially feels like a patio.
2 - By painting the floors and walls the same shade of white, this sun porch feels bright and open even on the cloudiest of days.
3 - This screened porch was originally open, but the transformation by Architect Gil Schafer allows other rooms (like the adjacent dining room) to floor naturally into the space.
4 - The wicker furniture and slatted floor keep this sun porch feeling like a true outdoor space.
5 - The floor to ceiling glass doors of this sun room make the indoor and outdoor spaces feel continuous, as do the coordinated furniture and accessories in both.

1 - The unfinished ceiling gets a luxurious twist from a crystal chandelier in this modern sun room.
2 - The use of wood to frame the doors and finish the ceiling as well as the creamy white walls pull together the mid century aesthetic of this minimalist living area.
3 - The green and brown palette used in this sun room helps to bring the wooded valley outside the windows into the space.
4 - The shape of the wicker daybed mimics the peaked ceiling in this gorgeous sun porch in a remodeled ranch house.
5 - Jan Showers was particular in using yellow accent pieces to mimic the sun and vintage Murano glass to capture the light that bathes this beautiful sun room.

Images: Amy Neunsinger/House Beautiful, Simon Upton/House Beautiful, Don Freeman/House Beautiful (3 & 4), Kim Christie/Canadian House & Home, Angus Fergusson/Canadian House & Home, Rob Fiocca/Canadian House & Home, Michael Graydon/Canadian House & Home, Traditional Home (9 & 10).

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