Each sunroom has its own unique attributes, whether they are architecture, form, décor, or simply the view from its windows. But no matter what the attributes are design is a key element which can make or break the overall appearance and cohesiveness of a sunroom to the rest of the home. There are three very popular design styles for solariums; Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian. Each of these styles has its own artistic feel and obviously relates to a particular period in British history.
Georgian style was developed during the period from 1760 to 1820 when Britain was under the rule of King George III, thus the name Georgian. The style is classic with clean and straight lines, large sashes on the windows and often a lot of stucco. They were mainly designed for growing plants and fruits as the wealthy liked to have certain tropical fruits year round. Many Georgian style sunrooms also have glass ceilings. They’re quite popular and go with many home styles but traditional home architecture works best with Georgian sunrooms.
The Victorian style was developed during the period between 1837 and 1901 while Queen Victoria was in reign, again another obvious clue to where the name came from. This was a particularly prosperous time and a lot of attention was paid to science and the arts. With a focus on art a lot of the architectural elements were derived from past styles and incorporated intricate details, romantic touches, sweeping arches and graceful buttresses. Advancements were made in metalwork and glazing during this time so sunrooms became immensely popular and featured great amounts of both. Look for a running roof ridge and a bell shaped section as these were dead giveaways to the Victorian style.
Guess who was in reign when the Edwardian style came into the fore? Yes it was during the reign of King Edward VII from 1901until 1910. His was a short reign but it did leave quite an impression. The Edwardians took heed of the Victorians who came before but refined the almost manic need for details at every turn. The shape became more rectangular and there typically was a peak at the very top. But the Edwardian sunroom borrowed very heavily from the Victorians and often the two styles seem to meld.
After the Edwardian era sunrooms began to lose appeal and seem frivolous as the world was thrown into World War I. Many older sunrooms fell into disrepair or were demolished and it wasn’t until recently that they again found favor with homeowners. It is quite possible that sunrooms, conservatories and solariums will not only increase in popularity but become an important feature to the modern home as homeowners look to be more green and to even grow more plants inside their homes.