Finding suitable art for your sunroom can be challenging giving the limited wallspace, but you'll find it's well worth the effort.
The 2 qualities that make sunrooms what they are – light and window area – are the same qualities that make if difficult to find artwork that works in the space.
Wall art in a sunroom is problematic. For one thing, most of the wall area is occupied by windows. For another, light breaks many materials down over time, degrading the pigments in paintings, photos and prints. So you don't want to put a one-of-a-kind painting or photo in your sunroom, because the light will eventually bleach and destroy it. If you want to use wall art on the wall space you have, you can:
- Frame the art using UV-screening glass. This is a rather pricy and labor-intensive option, since few if any commercially bought frames come with UV glass. Also, the glass won't prevent fading forever.
- Choose inexpensive artwork that you don't mind replacing once in a while. Go to a hobby store when they're having a sale on art prints, buy a few, and put some away for when the one you hang fades. If you're fond of a particular print, buy several of it; otherwise buy a variety to change your room's look. Make sure any frames are easy-access and are hung in such a way that they can be taken down easily.
- Choose digital photos. Because printer ink tends to be light-intolerant, digital photos will fade quickly. But you can easily replace them by simply printing a new one.
- Also consider inexpensive and replaceable masks, dreamcatchers or sconces. Mirrors are also an option, but be mindful of where the reflected light will be hitting.
An alternative to pigmented wall art is to put up shelves on your wall area and fill them with decorative objects.
- Ceramics, old and new: What could be more fun in a sunroom than a vintage planter or figurine? Go to thrift shops and flea markets to buy wonderful, flamboyant ceramics from all periods quite inexpensively, and they will give your sunroom great style and personality. For planters, you can either fill them with real plants, or, for fairly low maintenance, get silk plants from the hobby store. (Just be aware that the light will also fade silk flowers, and make the plastic stems will become brittle with time.)
- Plants: Make your sunroom into a mini greenhouse with a selection of sun-friendly plants.
- Found objects: Make arrangements of stones, crystals, rusty old gadgets and anything else that tickles your fancy.
There are many other forms of art that will enhance your sunroom.
- Consider vases with flowers, statuary, or gazing balls to display on the tables in your room – or make the tables themselves the artwork by buying or making a mosaic table top.
- Look at suncatchers, mobiles and decorative lighting fixtures.
- Make a statement with large floor plants.
If your budget permits, you can make the windows themselves works of art.
- When designing your sunroom, choose one of the many decorative styles of window, using arches, divided lights and the like to give the room extra appeal. Or have an upper light of beveled glass to bring in the rainbows.
- Stained-glass windows are an exquisite addition to any room. You can find a local artisan to make a panel, or you can shop flea markets and antique stores for vintage window elements and incorporate them into your design.
- If this is too much for your budget, plain windows can be dressed up after the fact with flea-market finds which can easily and inexpensively be hung in front of them.
Whatever you decide to do, have fun with it!