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All-season rooms can add additional living space to a home and provide areas that marry the outdoors with inside. These rooms serve many purposes depending on the homeowner. Some are a screened-in area used for watching nature while others serve as an artist's gallery. Still other all-season rooms are the family gathering spots.
All-season rooms tend to be very bright and airy and filled with many windows that look to the outdoors. Depending on their uses and the homeowners' design styles, there are many ways to decorate all-season rooms for comfort and convenience.
* The solarium: Many homeowners use their all-season room as a greenhouse. Bright sunlight and plenty of plants fill the space. Because this area tends to get a lot of unfiltered sunlight, light fabrics that won't fade from the sun's rays are ideal. This sort of space may be best furnished with wicker or indoor/outdoor furniture because it is essentially a garden brought indoors. Tile flooring or easily cleaned laminate or wood make mopping up spills or cleaning up potting soil a breeze.
* The library: Some choose to turn their all-season room into a relaxing space for quiet contemplation or reading. While gazing outdoors, homeowners can nestle into an overstuffed chair or recline on a comfortable sofa. Curtains can add texture to the room and filter out some of the sunlight. A rocking chair, recliner or other cozy spot for sitting can be enhanced with throw pillows and a table with lamp for ease in reading.
* The family room: Other homeowners turn their all-season room into a family space, preferring to leave the living room as a formal set-up. The comfortable all-season room houses the television, kids' toys and casual furnishings. Decorating this space may involve a microfiber sectional that is easily cleaned when pets or kids leave behind a mess. Durable, low-pile carpeting will be comfortable underfoot and serve as other lounging spots when seating is at a premium.
* The home office: A bright and quiet spot, the all-season room is the perfect office retreat for those who work from home. Bookshelves can house important periodicals, files and some decorative elements. The focal point of the room can be a large, antique desk that is both stylish and functional. Use accordion blinds or shades to keep the space comfortable and protect computer equipment from direct sunlight.
* The mudroom: An all-season room can also serve as the transition space between the yard and the main house. Durable flooring, a few benches for removing shoes and some garden accents can brighten the space.
Whether a partially enclosed porch or an extension on the home, an all-season room should be decorated depending on function.
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