So when I left you last time we were knee deep in the demolition of the sunroom at The Shack. I’d like to share with you some of my interior design plans for the space. First of all, the room is to be used as not just a sunroom, but also as a cigar smoking space for my husband to use year round. So I want both a masculine traditional feel, and also a woodsy outdoor feel. My plan is to use the space as an extension of the natural woodlands seen outside the windows.
Above is the space before we began this process. We’ve decided to remove the outdoor carpeting and replace it with a hickory hardwood floor. I also wanted to remove the plastic faux bead board ceiling and have decided to use the same hickory wood on the ceiling.
Hickory has a lot of grain and color variations so it can be quite busy. I love the natural woodsy look, but I need to make sure the floor and ceiling pattern doesn’t overwhelm the relatively small sunroom. I’ve decided to use a bold leafy green on the walls and selected Sherwin Williams Basque Green for all the walls, casing, and baseboards.
My husband suggested we use cedar planks on the walls and I loved that idea! So we’re planning to use cedar v-groove planks installed horizontally, with generous wide window casing on all the windows and doors. That means we’ll be using an opaque green stain on the cedar before installation.
The room originally had pine wood windowsills with a reddish stain and we’ve decided to keep them in the space, so we’ll be staining some new items to match, like the door thresholds and new steps (since the old treads were makeshift and need replacing).
It’s still a long ways off, but I’d also like to add woven wood shades Like those above to the windows in the sunroom. The bamboo color and texture will play into the natural outdoorsy feel. I intend to outside mount them, so that each shade spans across two windows. Using four larger shades instead of eight small ones should appear a little less busy and will help make the space feel a bit larger and less cluttered. The windows aren’t exactly plumb and straight either, so doing outside mounted treatments is a little more forgiving too!
There’s a blank space on either side of the large inside doors to the main living area, and, while it’s a small area, I’d like to maximize that space. I’m hoping to have custom shelves built, so we’ll have some display space and more storage.
Well, that’s the gist of it. We have our work cut out for us! There’s still a lot more to share with you at The Shack, so I hope you’ll stick around as I post the before and afters in our little Poconos mountain house.
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