For the longest time, I have wanted to do a cozy cottage sunroom makeover and recently I finally took the plunge! I am so excited to take you along and share all of the details!
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When we refinished our red oak floors, it gave me inspiration to change so many other cottage-style decor details in our home including paint. I repainted several rooms throughout our first floor. This included our living room, dining room, entryway and ever since I have been considering different cozy sunroom ideas.
I not only painted the walls, but painted all of the mould work and trim as well, and absolutely loved the way it turned out. For a while now, I have wanted to continue this look and give our cozy cottage sunroom a makeover.
The weird thing is, I have put off this enormous task for a while now, but as we head into the cooler seasons, I really wanted to finally tackle this space and transform it into the cozy retreat I knew it could become. Many consider the porches or deck in cottage-style homes the “sunroom”, but we put a lot of work into insulating this space and I love how we’ve been able to use it!
Cozy Cottage Sunroom – Choosing the Right Paint Colors
Once again, I loved how my painted trim came out in the other areas of my home and I knew I wanted to continue this look in my sunroom. I decided to paint all of the built-ins, trim and mould work.
With all of the windows in this space, I am sure you can imagine what a task this was. At first I was considering using the same trim paint I used in the rest of my home, “Stingray” by Benjamin Moore lightened by 50% pictured below, but my DIY desk built in in the sunroom was a different shade.
If you can remember, we finished this DIY desk built in project a few years ago, and it is a very important part of this space. This was a very affordable project, in fact we completed it under $50! It is simply an old fixer upper repurposed desk. We use this built in desk area often as a home office. I use it for blogging, and my husband loves this space for his sermon preparation.
The desk and area surrounding it are painted “Stone Hearth” by Benjamin Moore, another beautiful beige shade pictured below. I was worried that this shade and the lightened shade we used on the trim throughout the other rooms, “Stingray” would not go together, but after I began painting, they complimented each other beautifully.
I even shared the process on Facebook and Instagram, and had a poll asking for your thoughts. I always love to know what you think, and this was such a fun poll that confirmed that the paint shades “Stone Hearth” and “Stingray” both by Benjamin Moore, would work very well together.
Painting the sunroom was by far the most tedious part of this makeover, but it truly transformed the space entirely and I could hardly wait when I was finished to begin decorating.
Cozy Cottage Sunroom Decor Challenges
I am still torn on a few areas of this space, one being the piano on the left side of the room. The piano was another DIY project I tackled a few years ago and the chalk paint has held up extremely well. Especially with four boys banging on it daily haha! I am just torn if it’s too light now, or if it should stay the light blue shade it is currently. I have thought about a few different colors, but still have not made a decision.
Another area I am torn on is the ceiling. It is just a standard ceiling, but I just feel like it needs something – I can’t figure out what though. I have considered asking my husband to add gorgeous wood beams, and I have even considered a cottage inspired wallpaper! What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Finally, I am unsure on the light in this space. There is currently a small ceiling fan that my husband wants to keep based on the size of the room, but I am not sure it really goes with the cozy cottage look we are hoping to achieve. We couldn’t have a regular size fan due to the space being so small, but I am still thinking about other lighting options.
Like I said, painting and prep for painting definitely was the most time consuming part of this project. I feel like many of you think I enjoy all of these DIY projects- the painting, staining, etc. but I have to admit, I really don’t haha. While they are always some type of adventure, they are a lot of work.
I almost always love the finished project, and love when my ideas pay off, but I would have to say my favorite part is re-decorating the finished space. I love to rummage through my decor in my storage closet in the basement, and repurpose different items to refresh the space.
Cozy Cottage Sunroom – Decorating with Vintage Pieces
Once the painting was complete, my husband reinstalled our gorgeous blinds from Select Blinds and I was able to start decorating with the items I found in my storage closet.
I started with a beautiful basket full of dried hydrangeas in the top of the built in to the left and I loved the way it looked. I love this view from our living room space into the sunroom and having beautiful shelf decor always makes me so happy.
I decorated the other shelves with wood tones to pull in the blinds, whites, vintage artwork, stems and a few pops of black for depth. I also added a few touches of fall decor, pumpkins and dried fall blooms for the season. I love using natural materials in a space to make it cozier.
The built-ins on the other side are more practical, they hold homeschool supplies and other office supplies. I have an entire blog post on practical ways to organize in a small space that can still be beautiful that you can read here.
As you can see in the corner of the photo above, I moved my existing side table (that I used previously as a coffee table) into this space for even more storage. I love using vintage and antique pieces whenever I can.
I decorated the window bench area with new Kilim Rug Throw Pillows. I wanted this to be a comfortable area and the pillows really help this spot to be a gathering spot in this room! They are made from rugs and there are so many unique and beautiful designs. They add texture as well, and I love the simple patterns in this space.
My area rug is new as well and I found it on Amazon. It has the vintage feel I was looking for, and looks beautiful against our medium wood tone floor, but it is a little thinner than what I was hoping for. There is something about a comfortable thick area rug that helps bring coziness into a space and makes it more inviting. I plan to either add a pad underneath, or possibly get a new rug but right now I am happy with how this one looks.
And these are all the details behind our cozy cottage sunroom makeover that completely transformed the space! Painting everything this gorgeous beige shade “Stone Hearth” by Benjamin Moore was definitely the most dramatic change and I absolutely love how everything came together with it!
What do you think of these cozy sunroom ideas and the overall style of the new sunroom? Do you think the space is completed in our cottage style home or still needs a few more details? What would you do with the ceiling and the piano? I would love to know your cottage sunroom decorating ideas in the comments. Thank you sweet friends!