The Florida Room Is the Charmingly Retro Staple Your Home Needs Right Now
Popular as home additions in the mid-20th century, these sun-filled sanctuaries are making a comeback—and we are 100 percent here for it.
Leave it to a state that’s made for escaping to inspire some pretty incredible things, from food (lookin’ at you, Key Lime Pie) to plenty of classic films. But if there’s one product of the Sunshine State that doesn’t get the cred it deserves, it’s this: The Florida Room.
Popularized in the ‘50s and ‘60s, these sunny sanctuaries were born from the midcentury homeowners’ desire for a place they could escape outdoors without actually being outdoors. Hence, designers developed the genius idea of a light-filled home addition surrounded by windows that can open or close to the elements, depending on the weather forecast.
The Florida Room, also called a sunroom or conservatory, took off, cropping up on homes from the Sunshine State to the Northeast. Typically designed as extensions of the outdoors—and often bearing the home’s exterior siding as its one windowless wall—Florida Rooms donned hardy wood and stone floors, mostly all-weather furniture (hello, wicker), and a whole lot of plants. (AC was optional depending on your need for a four-season Florida room.)
The bright, bug-free spaces became the ultimate home retreat, a place to bask on sunny mornings with a cup of coffee or gather with guests for pre-dinner cocktails. Yet, somewhere along the way, Florida rooms lost their luster. Newer homes started trading these pseudo-outdoor spaces for full-on indoor-outdoor setups, with open-plan living rooms that lead onto expansive porches and decks. And while we love these features in a home, we’re also rallying for a Florida Room reboot.
Why? There’s of course the nostalgia. You might remember escaping to the cozy conservatory in your parents’ house as a kid. But there’s also the practicality – what a luxury it is to relax in the sunshine without having to worry about sunburns, bug bites, or gusts of wind blowing the last bit of your margarita to the floor.
Now, who else thinks sheltering in place would be so much better with a Florida Room? Browse more swoon-worthy spaces below: