Here’s an idea from the 1950s: To gain year-round use from a porch, or to convert an old sunporch, why not make it part of your living room or family room?
To create this pretty conservatory living room, the designers started by knocking out the walls and French doors.
Next, they added a V-shaped extension to give a conservatory or solarium effect with the addition of floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Overhead beams were left where they were to make an interesting variation in line.
One major conversation piece in the room pictured was the antique bird cage, which had been painted a tangerine orange.
Made more eye-catching by framing it with an indoor garden with ferns and flowering plants, its warm color was duplicated in the fabric of the nearby chairs and chaise.
Despite all the golden hues, this was dominantly an aqua blue-green room that emanated coolness.
The V-angle was emphasized by the retro linoleum floor’s custom stripes, and the angular cut of the nubby-textured rug — and this also set the living area apart from the lounge-music area with blue granite-style flooring (seen in the foreground).