En­joy sum­mer with up­dated sun­room

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

THREE-SEA­SON rooms such as a sun­room, porch or even a bal­cony can fi­nally be en­joyed now that the warm weather is here. There’s noth­ing like sit­ting with a cup of cof­fee in the morn­ing and let­ting the sun work its magic on you or wit­ness­ing a stun­ning Prairie sun­set from your bal­cony. These sea­sonal rooms can be just as stylish as your main liv­ing spa­ces with a lit­tle plan­ning and ef­fort.

This lovely sun­room photo, courtesy of Lauzon Floor­ing, is flooded with nat­u­ral light. It would be hard to feel gloomy in such a pretty and sunny space. The cot­tage style of the decor is ca­sual and invit­ing.

One of the rea­sons this room feels so light and airy is be­cause of the white walls and ceil­ings. If you have a porch that boasts raw wood, con­sider giv­ing it a new look with a coat or two of warm white paint. Other pale colours such as soft yel­low, green or light turquoise could also be lovely, even on the ceil­ing. In any event, the light wall colour will help re­flect sun­light and keep the space feel­ing bright and beachy.

I love the unique ac­cents in our fea­ture pho­to­graph. The hang­ing green­houses are adorable, and the old wooden crates make won­der­ful dis­play shelves. A sim­ple shelf above the win­dow/ door at the back of the room is a great place for a dis­play of small items in keep­ing with the decor style. The ca­sual din­ing ta­ble evokes thoughts of af­ter­noon gath­er­ings with friends and fam­ily. Once your gar­den is in full bloom, be sure to in­clude lovely bou­quets for your sun­room or porch.

In or­der to use your three-sea­son space to its fullest, con­sider what fur­ni­ture will work for your spe­cific needs. Your sum­mer space might be a small bal­cony that can only house a small par­lour set, or it might be a large, wrap­around porch that can han­dle a full set of wicker fur­ni­ture and a swing. Take stock of the fur­ni­ture that will make best use of the space for you and your fam­ily. Per­haps a din­ing ta­ble is the an­swer for fam­ily gath­er­ings and games night. It might be a pa­tio sec­tional ev­ery­one can lounge around on and have af­ter­noon naps. Opt for durable, com­fort­able pieces that have ad­di­tional hid­den stor­age, if pos­si­ble. These pieces can house board games, ex­tra throws for those chill­ier night and books for a great af­ter­noon read.

Easy-care is the way to go in a three-sea­son space. You’ll want to have floor­ing that can take a beat­ing and with­stand the win­ter tem­per­a­tures yet look stylish. Talk to your floor­ing ex­pert about what to pur­chase in this spe­cial space. If you have wooden floors in the porch, con­sider paint­ing them in a dark colour to con­trast with the light walls. Rich navy or even brick red could be stun­ning with white wicker fur­ni­ture, for ex­am­ple.

Sisal rugs are a good op­tion for a cov­ered sun­room or porch and are ca­sual and easy care. The wo­ven de­sign in these rugs adds some tex­ture and the nat­u­ral fi­bres they are made from add a sense of nat­u­ral beauty. Or, for the crafty peo­ple out there, paint a faux rug onto the wooden floor in a style and pat­tern that suits your tastes. All you need are some in­ex­pen­sive craft paints and brushes, and your imag­i­na­tion.

Porches, sun­rooms and even bal­conies can be great places to have a small con­tainer gar­den of an­nu­als and herbs for the sum­mer sea­son. Choose an area of the room that has the op­ti­mal day­light for your spe­cific plants and cre­ate a ver­ti­cal gar­den. You can use an old wooden lad­der or other ver­ti­cal shelv­ing unit to house your flow­er­ing pots while not tak­ing up too much floor space. This ver­ti­cal gar­den is es­pe­cially handy on a small bal­cony. Con­sider hang­ing planters if more room is needed. Paint clay pots in colour­ful shades for added beauty.

Ac­ces­sorize your space with colour­ful items that can with­stand the el­e­ments. Even in a screened-in porch, mois­ture and sun­light can dam­age fine art ob­jects. In­stead, opt for items such as drift­wood, painted rocks, colour­ful kites or wind­socks for a sense of sum­mer fun. Flame­less can­dles or a string of white mini-lights will cre­ate a warm am­bi­ence in the evenings. Colour­ful pa­tio lights are another op­tion and will add colour even when not lit up.

A sea­sonal room can add more liv­ing space dur­ing the warm sum­mer months. Take full ad­van­tage of it and cre­ate a cozy spot where you can en­joy the sea­son.

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