If you’re considering the addition of a screen room for your home, you may already know that this type of renovation can actually increase your property’s value while enhancing your enjoyment of your home. The beauty of a screen-in room is that it provides shelter while allowing occupants to enjoy the outdoors; it’s the perfect bridge between your interior and exterior home.
Fortunately, you can design a space that not only complements your house style, but is also perfectly suited to your needs and outdoor living plans. Explore the following design and decorating tips so you can make a plan for your custom screen room.
Address the Design Basics
Once you decide to build a screened room, you’ll need to consider some initial design basics. For instance, reflect on and answer these questions:
- Location: Where do you want to install your screen room? (i.e. facing west for sunsets, next to the backyard patio or deck, off the master bedroom)
- Size: How much square footage do you wish to allocate for this space? What dimensions will work best for your needs?
- Budget: How much do you wish to invest in the construction of your screen room?
Having a handle on the basics is important because you’ll need to discuss them with the contractor who builds and installs it. This information will also provide you with a foundation for your design plan.
What’s Your Style?
Some homeowners choose to design purely functional screen rooms, minimalist in style, and designed with little attention to aesthetic details. However, others choose to construct screen rooms that are more in keeping with the decorative style of the house or that reflect their own taste for rustic, traditional, or cottage-chic appeal.
Even though you won’t be decorating the space until its completion, it’s helpful to have an idea of how you intend to decorate your new screen room. For instance, your decorative style can help you choose props that are in keeping with your decorative theme.
How Will You Use Your Screen Room?
Your intended use of the room might also inform your design plan. People use their screen rooms and screened-in porches for all sorts of purposes. How do you intend to use the space? Here are just a few ideas for inspiration:
- Morning coffee
- Pest-free, outdoor dining area
- Patio bar room
- Additional entertainment space for backyard guests
- Play area for kids
- Enclosed space for pets
- Garden room
- Book club meeting place
- Summer poker nights
- Sewing station
- Parental patrol center (with a view of the yard / pool)
- Sports game central (complete with big screen TV)
- Crafting area
- Wildlife viewing
- Multi-purpose area
When you know how you plan to use the space, even if it’s for multiple purposes, you can create a design that’s in keeping with your lifestyle. Be sure to tell your contractors, too, as they may have some ideas to help you improve your plan.
Lighting and Electricity
One of the great things about a screen room is that you can use it comfortably at night no matter how bad the mosquitos are biting outside. Be sure that you consider lighting and electricity for your screen room. For instance, if you intend to use your sewing machine in the space, you’ll need a nearby outlet. Your contractor can help you address the room’s electrical and lighting needs.
Decorating your new screen room can be an exciting project. You may already have some ideas in mind, having determined how you’ll use your screened-in room.
Just keep in mind that your screen room isn’t going to be insulated as is the rest of your home; that means that it’s not subject to the same temperature control. Humidity and temperature fluctuations can take a toll on some materials and room decor. Be sure to choose items that are suited to outdoor living even though they’ll be protected from inclement weather conditions like rain or snow.
Here are some tips to cover your decor essentials:
You can introduce a wide range of textiles into your screenroom. If you want to add a rug, be sure to choose an indoor/outdoor option as it will stand up better to humidity/moisture and heavy foot traffic. Consider adding a decorative valance to the screens or even sheer curtains for added privacy.
The size of the space will dictate the size of the furnishings you’ll be able to add. If you have a spacious screen room, you can install a complete lounge set, including a comfortable sofa. However, if space is limited, opt for space-saving options like storage bench seating, stools, and even fold-away furnishings that you can use when needed. You can also save on space by mounting features like your television (if you plan to add one to the room) or lighting fixtures.
Props and other decorative touches are the details that really drive home your decorative style. Choose plant containers that reflect your French Country aesthetic. Hang kitschy flamingo prints to create a fun subtropical 50s theme for your space. Add seat cushions with a chevron print for a fun contemporary look. Other decorative and useful props to keep in mind include candles, lanterns, throws and throw pillows, lamps, trays, and pottery.
Choose an Experienced Contractor
With thoughtful design and decorative planning, you can create a screen room that suits both your home’s needs and your style.
Contact RainTight of the Carolinas to discuss your ideas. They can provide you with an estimate and help you bring your screen room vision to life. We custom-make every screen room individually, built to precisely fit your measurements.