How to Create your Own Coastal-inspired Sunroom

Between the wildly popular ‘coastal grandma’ trend, the resurgence of nautical accessories and a continued focus on sustainable materials in interiors, coastal-inspired decors are very much in this year. 

And what better place to celebrate the charm of the seaside than in a sunroom?

Sunrooms have rocketed in popularity during the last 18 months, with more people looking to improve their home space and take advantage of the sun from the comfort of their own homes than ever before – perhaps something to do with having exotic climes off the cards for the vast majority of it. Now, #sunrooms have more than 250,000 posts on Instagram and are part of hundreds of design boards on Pinterest.  In the UK alone, “sunroom ideas” is searched 1,300 times every month on average, and more than 31,000 times a month globally. 

Sunrooms offer a luxurious relaxation space, where people can sit and relax, dine, host, read a book, work from home and more, all while topping up their vitamin D.   

Sunroom designs come in many shapes and sizes, from Mediterranean to maximalist. Nautical, seaside and coastal-themed spaces are rising in popularity this year, with the combination of bright, airy, sun-shine filled spaces perfectly complementing the laid-back beachy vibe that comes with this design style. 

In light of this, ConservatoryBlinds4Less’ design experts have put together the following guide, on how to create your very own coastal sunroom, according to pros. 

1. Let there be Light

It goes without saying that the most fundamental part of any sunroom – coastal-themed or otherwise – is light, and plenty of it. 

Conservatories, garden rooms or well-lit kitchens are your best bet when it comes to designing a sunroom in your home. The more window-space your area has the better, as this allows plenty of opportunities to let those rays in.  

If you are looking to renovate your house to incorporate a sunroom, consider extending a south-facing kitchen area into a conservatory, patio area or porch. 

Or, choose a room in your home which gets plenty of natural sunlight, like a well-lit dining or sitting room. 

2. Don’t over Coordinate 

While there is an obvious theme to coastal-inspired interiors, it is important that your space feels effortless, too. 

Avoid anything too matchy-matchy. Keep your furniture materials, paints, wallpaper and soft accessories neutral, with lots of whites, soft greys, and beiges. Navy – especially in stripe-form – has become synonymous with coastal decorations, but it can feel a bit kitsch if it’s overdone. Opt, instead, for a few statement pieces, either in navy or softer, powdery blues, sea greens or aquamarine, and use these to accent the rest of the space. And, if you must have stripes, feature them in a more subtle way, such as on photo frames, or 1-2 cushion covers. If you’re having a dining space in your sunroom, blue-striped plates can look wonderful against a majoritively plain backdrop.  

Likewise, while light, rustic woods – like wicker and rattan – are still very popular, try to vary these a little. Again, matching sets of chairs, tables and stools can feel a little forced. Try incorporating a few wicker-backed chairs, along with solid-wood framed deck-style chairs, for example.  

3. Give Yourself Space

2022 coastal aesthetics are all about minimalism and spaciousness, so keep things as simple and clean as you can. 

Opt for simplistic, natural-feeling designs and avoid clutter at all costs. Table and countertops in kitchen, dining and sitting areas should be relatively empty from clutter. The odd magazine, candle, or recycled jar of flowers looks beautiful, but avoid too many accessories or ornaments. While nautical design favours a semi-cluttered, brick-a-brack feel, coastal design is focused on giving you space – which is ideal for a sunroom. 

4. Glass is not Necessarily a No-no

While many people trying to incorporate a coastal feel into their space tend to veer away from usual non-wooden furniture in their space, there is nothing wrong with incorporating some choice glass pieces into your room.

Not only do these evoke a water-like aesthetic, but they can also help to bring in even more light into a sunroom.

Try placing a large mirror on a south-facing wall or a glass-topped table near a window can help to make your space feel even lighter. 

5. Wonderful Wicker 

Wicker certainly hasn’t gone anywhere when it comes to coastal design this year, and it’s worth considering if you’re searching for the best furniture for your coastal sunroom. 

Not only is it one of the more sustainable types of wood, but it provides a beautifully beach-like feel to any space – and is also relatively inexpensive. 

Wicker chairs, tables and baskets can look beautiful in a sunroom, though try not to get too many pieces that are perfectly matching. Avoid glossed wicker too for a more natural coastal feel 

6. Be Wary of Over-shelling

It makes sense that you would want to decorate a coastal-themed sunroom with sea and beach-related prints, decorations and accessories. 

However, it’s best to avoid anything too overly-cliched. Avoid tonnes of shells, anchor prints or beach wall-art, for example. 

That doesn’t mean you need to be completely plain in your design, and, in fact, a few choice accents can really help to bring your space alive – as well as add more of that all-important light. 

Instead of kitsch anchor accessories, or coral covered vases, opt for natural feeling accessories. 

Consider a recycled glass vase filled with fresh or dried flowers, or a hand-painted candle-stick holder.   

7. Jute

A great way to maximise space in your sunroom, a jute basket gives an easy storage option, whilst blending effortlessly into the coastal style. 

Place large jute baskets in corners of your room to keep blankets for when the sun goes down and you start to feel chillier in the evenings. Or, if you plan to work in your sunroom during the day, use a free-standing basket with a lid to store your books, stationery, electronics and/or wired once you’ve finished your tasks for the day. You might think there’s nothing more satisfying than closing your laptop lid – but imagine the feeling of putting your workbooks in a basket on a Friday afternoon!

Jute rugs also work beautifully in coastal-inspired rooms, and are a budget friendly alternative to other popular rug materials.

8. Weathered Woods

When choosing your furniture, picture driftwood; the kind that’s been battered by the sea and bleached for days by the sun. This is the look you’re after in your room. 

For furniture, look for whitewashed or pickled woods – ash, bamboo and blond maple work perfectly. Painted planks can also work well, but again – try not to overdo this. Too much blue and white painted furniture can give a fake feel – you want a lot of natural wood to show through in your space too. 

Actual driftwood can make excellent centrepieces for large dining tables, and look lovely over a simple linen table covering. Equally, driftwood furniture – including floor lamps and coffee table stands give a unique but effortless feel to your room, which gives the opposite effect of feeling contrived. 

Coastal Conservatory Blind Inspiration 

For a truly coastal look, opt for wooden blinds – such as Venetian Wood blinds that are bleached. Woodweave blinds also lend a neutral, natural feel to your home which is ideal for a coastal look, and come in natural wood and painted white wood. 

Alternatively, our range of fabrics come in a variety of neutral colours which would work perfectly in a seaside-inspired sunroom –  including white, powder blue, beige and cream.