A sunroom, sun parlor, sun lounge, sun porch, solarium––whatever you want to call it––is the perfect space for relaxing outdoors without actually being outdoors. With windows galore, a well-designed and thoughtfully painted sunroom breathes life and energy into your interior.
Let’s dive into sunroom paint color best practices, so you can make your decision feeling certain and informed.
Things to Consider When Choosing Sunroom Paint Colors
- A neutral color scheme is a wise choice when considering painting your sunroom to keep things bright and airy while embracing the natural light and beauty coming from outside.
- White is an excellent go-to paint color for sunrooms.
- Natural light will reveal a color’s undertones. It’s important to test and learn how swatches look within your sunroom before starting your painting project.
- Don’t be afraid to explore bold colors in small doses.
Embrace Neutral Colors for Small Spaces
It’s rare that you have a sunroom that is a large-sized interior space— though we’re extra jealous if you do! For this reason, we suggest selecting a neutral painting color palette for spaces that may not have a lot of space to work with.
Sunrooms are an extension of the outside, so light and peaceful vibes are what most people are looking to achieve when updating. Using a shade of light gray, beige or tan for the walls, brings a sense of calm to a bright and sunny space. Carry it through to your furniture selection and curtains with an airy neutral-colored curtain made of light fabric. This will let the beautiful sunlight shine through without distracting from the outside view.
A Love Letter to the White Sunroom
The best color choice for sunrooms may be using all of the colors together at once: white!
Take a look at these shades from Benjamin Moore for some of the best white paint for a sunroom:
- Simply White (OC-117)
- Cloud White (OC-130)
- Calm (OC-22)
- Swiss Coffee (OC-45)
- Wind’s Breath (OC-24)
They suit tranquil, serene environments and are endlessly versatile to build an interior palette. A white paint color will reflect the colors of your trees and surrounding foliage as they change with each season.
“When a sunroom is painted all white you are adding a fresh and clean look to a room in your home that already receives a lot of light. The white walls and ceiling can increase the reflection of light in the space without removing what you really want out of a sunroom– a sunny spot to enjoy your day!” says Lorena Streb, owner of Os Decor Painters® of Baltimore, MD.
If you go all white for your color palette, you have the ability to introduce accent colors into room decor. Select some bright and colorful interior planters, pillows, or rugs. You can double down on neutrals for decor if you don’t want to go bold and punchy for your accents. Introducing some soft hues throughout the rest of your room will keep the focus on what’s on the other side of your windows.
A white color selection for a sunroom also pairs well with natural elements like wood, bricks, and stones that you can incorporate into your space to bring some of the outside, inside. White walls complement natural furniture choices like wood, bamboo, wicker, or teak. These materials make a room feel light and casual––just as a sunroom should be.
Another way to build a color palette around white is to introduce its opposite: black. Keep the walls and ceiling a white shade and select black for any window or door trim. It’s a chic combo that plays well with a minimalist style.
Take Advantage of Natural Light
A sunroom full of light will show your white’s true colors or undertones. A white color swatch may look like pure white until you start comparing it to other whites. You’ll start to notice how whites differ from one another––you may notice a bit of green or a hint of red, for example. Those colors that reveal themselves are called undertones. Natural light has a big impact on the undertones that come out of a color.
Cool white sunroom paint colors by Sherwin Williams like Rhinestone (SW 7656), Spare White (SW 6203), and Site White (SW 7070) are crisp and modern with blue, green, and violet undertones. Warm whites like Antique White (SW 6119), Navajo White (SW6126), and Divine White (SW 6105) carry undertones of yellow and reds that create an inviting glow.
The best advice we have when considering how the lighting of your sunroom may impact the paint color is to take your color swatches into the room itself. Follow these steps:
- Tack it on the wall
Reach out to the independently owned and operated Os Decor Painters® business near you to learn more about how peel-and-stick paint samples can help with this process.
- Note how the swatch changes throughout the day.
Morning sunlight reveals warm undertones because it’s lower on the horizon while a midday sun can cast a more bluish light. The direction and duration of light change the way colors appear.
Bringing Color into Your Sunroom
In case a neutral color scheme doesn’t fit your style, introducing bold colors is still an option! Introducing a bright painting color palette into your sunroom can be just as beautiful as the plants and flowers on the other side of the windows.
Yellow is a popular color choice that plays off the room’s namesake. Take a look at Benjamin Moore’s Hawthorne Yellow (HC-4) or a more saturated Dorset Gold (HC-8). A yellow hue is the way to go if you want to double down on the sunshine.
If you’re looking for a more earthy paint color, we love the pastels Palladian Blue (HC-144) and Saybrook Sage (HC-114). Those two work great together with pastel pink, like Proposal (AF-260) to round out a soft, calming color palette. It’s not too overpowering to distract from the beautiful views, but it’s bright enough to add personality to the space.
We love a black and white painting palette in a sunroom full of plants. Plants not only thrive in sunrooms but also bring in deep greens that make this color scheme rich and moody. Introducing some inspiration from nature continues to blur that line between the interior and exterior of your home. Look to Benjamin Moore’s Black Magic (SW 6911), Inkwell (SW 6992), and Bohemian Black (SW 6988) for inspiration.
Brighten Up Your Sunroom with Os Decor Painters®
It’s time to make your sunroom feel just as cozy as the rest of your interior living spaces. The experts at Os Decor Painters® will provide a free estimate for your sunroom painting project and assist with paint color selection that considers the many unique aspects of your space.
Schedule a free estimate online so you can admire what’s outside from the comfort of your welcoming sunroom.