Room of the Day: Monet Colors Make a Sunroom Irresistible, Via Houzz.com
Drab-day blues? Not if these cheery colors, overstuffed furniture and natural textures have anything to say about it
The room’s existing vaulted beadboard ceiling, pillow-top limestone floor and fantastic windows gave the design team a running start. The architecture and view of the room from the kitchen/breakfast room called out for a symmetrical furniture layout. Pairs of end tables, ottomans and armchairs create just that.
The team brought down the height of the room to human scale with the placement of the natural grass woven shades. The shades leave the views to the woods and marsh open and can protect the room from the sun’s glare when necessary. The shades add a pleasing natural texture, as does the jute rug over the limestone floor. The rug has a faux leather border that will stand up to fading.
As for color, Monet’s color theory explorations at Giverny provided the inspiration. From those French gardens, the designers picked dusty peach and soft blue for the larger pieces, then accentuated them with smaller daubs of bright pink and turquoise. “The bolder colors infuse the room with energy,” Penfield says. They ultimately opted not to go with sunlight-resistant fabrics, as the windows have UV glare protection, and because soft colors tend to fade in a pleasing, porch-y way.
“The sofa is so pretty and quiet, we left it solid,” Penfield says. “It also ties in with the sisal rug.” The sofa fabric is a textured linen blend.
Fabrics: Raoul Textiles and Clarence House; furniture: available through Lucy Interior Design
The designers added hints of casual lake-house elements, like this woven side table, here and there, without going the usual route of lots of wicker and stick furniture. Instead, they opted for very comfortable upholstered furniture. The result is that the room is a vacation-house-like getaway for the family right at home.