The way we design our patio rooms dictate the overall feel. There are many plants and non plant materials we can make use of that can shape the mood of patios.
The use of plants, for example, is a great mean to make the indoor still have a touch of the wonderful outdoor element.
Patio room designs take shape in many forms: open patio rooms, straight, curved, cathedral, and conservatory. Open patio room designs are a great idea for those living in sunny areas with little or no rain throughout the year.
Otherwise, indoor room designs are more appropriate and provide a warm retreat. Each design can make use of a sunroof that lets in natural light and makes for a great atmosphere for family members and close friends to get together on sunny days.
For roof cover choices, you can choose from glass roof, solid roof, glass roof with vinyl cladding, glass roof with wood interior and:
- Solid roofs provide protection from the natural elements. They provide a more enclosed feel from the outside garden or patio.
- Glass roofs are a wonderful choice to make use of natural light and is an energy efficient choice for patio room designs
- Glass roofs with wood interior, on the other hand, can add a ranch feel to your patio room. Wood can be tinted and painted in any color you want, but in its natural color it adds a warm, comforting atmosphere.
- Glass roofs with vinyl cladding provide a minimalist and simple beauty to the patio room design. The vinyl claddings are low maintenance as well.
Sunrooms or solariums are a great way to make use of the natural light available in a warm, comfortable patio. Sunrooms are also an extension of the house, typically placed in a garden; bring together natural elements for a fine living space.
Remember to keep colors light in a sunroom, in order to promote an atmosphere that is relaxing, natural, and light. Use positive, light colors such as white, blue, yellow, beige, and green.
Light colors will make the room seem much larger and reflect the sunlight. You can add drama and contrast through dark colors placed in small amounts such as throw pillows.
Putting a lot of greens and plant materials in your sun room is effective in promoting a feel that is close to nature. You can use plants in decorative pots and place them in corners, keep indoor ornamental plants to decorate tables or hang plants in the wall.
Organic, woody materials give for a more relaxed feeling. Feel free to experiment by painting your wood or keep them conservative by just shining them.
You can use wood throughout your sunroom designs by using bamboo furniture and wicker furniture. A combination of browns and whites in the paint of wood also help achieve that relaxed effect.
You can also make very energy efficient use of your sunroom by including solar panels. Solar panels convert sunlight into energy, and can help you cut down your electricity bill especially in the summer.
If your sunroom will be used frequently to entertain guests, you may want to add a small bar and refrigerator. This can be the focal point of your sunroom, with the dark colors coming from bottles of wine, rhum, etc. You can also use darker wood for the bar.
In selecting materials and design, it is important that the overall goal of your patio room is to make it a place where you can do what you love – be it entertaining guests, playing with children, or spending time alone.