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I need some in­spi­ra­tion. How can I dec­o­rate my sun room that opens up to the pool so that it will be pretty and invit­ing yet durable? I want it to be a ca­sual room to en­ter­tain guests. Sincerely, Unin­spired Dear Unin­spired,

Since I don’t know your sit­u­a­tion I will an­swer in gen­eral while us­ing the spe­cific room pho­tographed here. This an­swer is ap­pli­ca­ble to a sun room, ca­bana or den that opens up to a lake or pool.

A room for en­ter­tain­ing should re­flect a cer­tain amount of for­mal­ity, the style ca­sual and play­ful but not ju­ve­nile. It should be an airy, invit­ing room de­signed around com­fort and a lovely view of the pool or lake.

The terra cotta tile floor­ing was used in the room for its color and dura­bil­ity. The sisal rug stands up well to drip­ping bathers com­ing in to en­joy the com­forts of the room.

The color pal­ette should be light or bright and fun. This ca­bana of­fers a won­der­ful view of the wa­tery aqua­ma­rine pool which makes sal­mon-pink a com­pli­men­tary choice on the color wheel.

Light­ing should be soft and in­di­rect us­ing lamps and ceil­ing up-lights. I much pre­fer lamp light to over­head light­ing. There is no color with­out light so the room should be well lit.

Fur­nish­ings can be usual items used in your home or they could have a wa­ter theme. Just make sure they are wa­ter re­sis­tant. Throw in a bit of whimsy now and again to make the room play­ful, as in the mon­key cof­fee ta­ble.

Live botan­i­cals are a pos­i­tive. Plants bring some soft­ness to the room and cre­ate some rep­e­ti­tion bring­ing the out­doors in.

Win­dow treat­ments are op­tional. You may want to frame the win­dows with light drapes that are not meant to close or a charm­ing cor­nice. You may also need shades to pro­tect the room from the harsh sun.

His and her dress­ing rooms with per­son­al­ized de­tails would be ideal to ad­join the sun room if you have the space to make it hap­pen. It’s nice to have ev­ery­thing needed at hand for some­one to change clothes or shower af­ter a dip in the lake.

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Mara Kuhn

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