Sunrooms are a great place to take nature no matter the weather.

As fall inches closer to winter, it’s not uncommon for people to look to the coming cold with a degree of lament. Spring, summer, and fall provide ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, but such chances are few and far between once the winter freeze settles in. Though winter might compel the masses to huddle up inside, there’s still a way to take in the great outdoors on cold winter days and nights.

It might not prove an exact substitute for summer nights around the fire pit, but a sunroom affords homeowners a chance to marvel at snowy winter landscapes without venturing out into the cold. Sometimes referred to as “all-season rooms,” sunrooms can make for a great retreat on quiet summer mornings or crisp autumn afternoons. In addition, sunrooms can be treated as blank canvasses, which makes decorating them more fun. Nonetheless, a few tricks of the trade can help homeowners turn their blank canvasses into welcoming spaces to take in all that nature has to offer throughout the year.

It is essential to define the purpose of using the sunroom before you begin decorating it. For example, when the weather gets too chilly to dine outside, will the sunroom serve as an alternative dining space in the same way patios and decks do during the warm weather? Or do you want a sunroom to act as a reading room? Though it’s possible to make sunrooms multipurpose spaces, it may be hard to create a relaxing vibe in rooms too crowded with furnishings or too busy. Defining how the space will be used also makes it easier when shopping for furnishings.

In addition to defining how the room will be used, homeowners should give ample consideration to when the room will be used. For example, a year-round sunroom will need to be heated, while a three-season sunroom likely won’t require heating. Cooling might be a concern on hot summer afternoons. Still, many homeowners will probably spend such days outside anyway, so cooling the room may be as simple as installing a ceiling fan and ensuring windows can be opened to let fresh air in. Homeowners who want a year-round sunroom should install insulated glass to keep the room even warmer when the mercury dips.

Bright colours can make sunrooms feel inviting and are a perfect match with all the natural light already in the room. White walls and ceilings can maximize the warm illumination of the natural light pouring in from the windows. Brightly coloured cushions, pillows, and area rugs with similarly hued colours and patterns can add visual interest and texture to a sunroom.

Make use of a view. Homeowners needn’t direct too much of their focus on decor if their sunrooms come with a view. Art on the walls and other decorative items around the room are less important if a sunroom affords a view of the river, lake, or a forest that attracts local wildlife. In rooms with a view, arrange furniture so residents and guests can comfortably look outward and take in all the surrounding landscape.