Sunroom Furniture To Liven Up Your Indoor-Outdoor Space
Anyone living well below the Mason-Dixon line is aptly aware of what a sunroom is. In fact, the Floridians have their unique name for these sunlit, enclosed patios and porches. They affectionately call them Florida rooms. Whichever name you subscribe to, creating one in the style that suits you best has never been easier. Nest Casa proposes four ideas - a rustic mood for the woodsy type, a modern air for the lovers of pure lines, a Palm Beach classic, or a Nantucket coastal room - to populate with a top edit of the chicest sunroom furniture.
First, let’s examine how sunrooms came to be a part of any well-built dwelling. While seemingly modern in design, these sun-filled rooms date back to medieval Italy and were used as “giardini botanici’ or botanical gardens to house various flora and fauna. For this reason, it’s apparent why today’s sunrooms often double as greenhouses or solariums.
In Great Britain, for example, where traditional conservatories are in abundance, smaller versions are also referred to as sunrooms. While plants are often aplenty in these rooms, there is also sunroom furniture to make the space even more enjoyable for its human inhabitants. Ordinarily, seating is casual and comfortable to appropriately tap the inside/outside aesthetic at home. Of course, coffee tables and side tables to accompany are also in order. Alternatively, a table and chair set in a sunroom, which allows one to enjoy an al fresco dining experience, is also a valuable consideration in these spaces.
RUSTIC SUNROOM FURNITURE
Nestled in the Vermont woods, this sunroom is the epitome of a deep woods version of this half-in/half-out sunroom space. Namely, unique to this rustic woods sunroom is the screened-in porch to allow both the sunshine and forest’s idyllic sounds in, in equal measure. The decor, of course, is also spot-on. Mimicking classic log cabin planks and reflecting the rich natural surroundings, is a chic composition of classic Americana homespun furniture. Durable cushions on the wood frame couch, a fleece blanket, illumination by a metal lamp, and a citronella candle all add to this room’s authenticity.
Rustic Sunroom Furniture Editors' Picks
Lean In - The elongated arms on this curved back plantation lounger is based on early 20th century Dutch Colonial design from Madura, off the coast of Java.
Sling It - Inspired by Danish design and crafted by Van Thiels, the low-slung style of this comfortable and relaxing chair exude a movement we call “ chic rusticism.”
Regal Rattan - Danish Modern design fit for a king, this Mico armchair’s curve of the seat is so perfect; it doesn’t even require a cushion... but we love the idea of adding one for pomp anyway.
Sustained Relaxation - This certified sustainably-sourced wood, combined with woven rope seat, looks good, feels good, and does good.
MODERN SUNROOM FURNITURE
The sleek lines of a modern aesthetic yield perfectly to the raison d’etre of a sunroom - to allow glorious natural light to flood your space - it’s a match made in design heaven. To aptly demonstrate this idea is this Muskoka Lakehouse in Ontario, Canada. Constructed almost entirely of glass, the expansive clarity of the walls gives the viewer a 270-degree view of the lake’s stunning vista. Minimal furniture helps to keep the view unobstructed. Therefore, it provides ample room to accommodate seating that allows one to take it all in.
This low slung L-shaped couch can seat more than a dozen comfortably. Rendered in its neutral color, the couch’s hue perfectly syncs with the natural backdrop. Slick marble coffee tables that can be positioned around the room add versatility; and, an oval-shaped armless chair works as a pivotal accent point to balance the space. Finally, finishing the sunroom is an orb-shaped lamp that recalls galaxies overlapping. This room is proof-positive that centuries-old nature pairs well with the look of the future.
Modern Sunroom Furniture Editors' Pick
Seat of the Sol - Based on the traditional chairs found at a Mexican resort, this Ixtapa loveseat’s graphic nature is achieved through a time-honored artisanal weaving technique.
Hanging Basket - Skilled craftsmanship by Mario Botta elevates this traditional wicker weave Charlotte armchair into a thoroughly modern construction whose seat appears to suspend magically.
French Swirl - In a subtle celadon green, this swiveling Pinto Paris Parati armchair, made in France, gives a modern slant to its natural shell and coconut base.
PALM BEACH SUNROOM FURNITURE
Palm Beach, often compared to the American Riviera with its traditional and tropical aesthetic, lives up to the comparison. Obviously, Palm Beach style furniture refers to palm trees’ natural topography, a blue ocean, and a plethora of tropical floral colors. For example, this sunroom furniture and design capture a sense of the locale’s trademark eclectic wit as well. Combining color, texture, and pattern, the multi-elements of this space come together for one bright and enlightening room to take in the sun.
Palm Beach Sunroom Furniture Editors' Picks
Bamboo Buddies - Sold as a pair, this vintage 1970s Italian bamboo chair is the gold standard of natural wood construction swivel chairs.
Beach Beauty - In a crisp white finish with rattan front drawers and brass knobs, this Ellen coffee table combines texture and a sense of sleekness and practicality.
Garden Pal - To be used as a seat or side table, this vintage Majolica-glazed pottery garden seat by Minton is definitely a compelling addition of color to any sunroom.
NANTUCKET SUNROOM FURNITURE
Perhaps made most famous by the Kennedy’s - who some say are the closest the U.S. has to a royal family - Nantucket is the stuff of summer dreams. Ultimately, it’s a perfect palace for a sunroom. The look of these East Coast versions is a distinct sea-faring inspired decor. Additionally, it’s an aesthetic that can be found in the New York cousin of Nantucket, the Hamptons.
This look generally entails lots of painted white woodwork and furniture. Add touches of navy or medium blue, along with sand-colored wickers and rattans, driftwood accents, and shell motifs- on anything and everything. Of course, a painting of a sailboat at sea is generally involved as well. As many of these sunrooms face the beach and sea, it’s only fitting the often nautical-inspired inside aesthetic seamlessly blends with the outside.
Nantucket Sunroom Furniture Editors' Picks
Pond Perfect - Named for East Hampton’s Georgica Pond, this lounge was inspired by an antique chair and combines both caning and comfort with its deep seat.
Skirt Chaise-r - The Roslin wing-back style chaise lounge is attractively contoured and made from a crisp white linen that is properly skirted and trimmed with nailheads.
Batik Beauty - Rendered in a rich cream contrasted by an exotic indigo Ikat fabric, this Scandavian design influence sofa is the perfect spot to catch the waves.