Conservatories are no longer as they once were! A flimsy wooden lean-to would have been considered a welcome addition some years ago. They certainly wouldn’t have been a place for comfort or enjoyment during the colder, wet months due to their standard corrugated roof.
Although conservatories are now far stronger, warm and inviting, so many people struggle with ideas of how to add a touch of style to their new addition.
In this article, we have put together ideas on how you can create a welcoming environment.
Choosing the right furniture
A conservatory is usually the go-between of your garden and your home. It can be a place where you sit, appreciating the stunning views of the outside world. So, with that said, you will want comfort.
Rattan and wicker are a popular design of furniture people choose, mainly because it is lightweight and creates a modern feel. Plenty of cushions will provide a little extra comfort. Think ornaments and plants too!
Add a touch of colour
A conservatory is a perfect place to inject some of your style into your home. Experiment with bright colours, or perhaps some soft pastels creating a calm aura.
You may be tempted to try dramatic colours that make a statement, which is fine as the amount of natural lighting the glass provides will mean the room will remain well lit.
Wallpaper is another option when it comes to adding some colour. Although original brickwork can create an industrial feel, a printed wallpaper can add a splash of colour.
Blinds and Curtains
One of the main attractions of a conservatory is the glass panels, allowing the room to be well lit from the sun. You may be tempted to avoid covering them up, but you will still want a level of privacy.
Blinds are the most popular choice, and some people choose either venetian or verticle designs. A roller blind is a great option to prevent shadows, and also allows you to adjust the coverage of your window depending on your mood.
Update your Flooring
The best flooring for a conservatory is a hard floor. Because it is the room that connects the house to the garden, the floors are more likely to become dirty over time, and hardwood is easy to clean.
Heating your Conservatory
During the warmer months, heating your conservatory will not be an issue. It is when Winter approaches, you may notice the weather turning colder in the evenings. There are plenty of options to heat the room allowing you to enjoy your conservatory all year round.
You can extend your central heating, but this will come at a cost. Not only will you have to employ an electrician, you may need planning permission.
A conservatory is the one room where you will benefit from a natural source of light, but adding additional lighting can go a long way. You may enjoy sitting in your conservatory in the evening whilst reading a book, or perhaps it is your ‘go-to’ room for entertaining guests. Choosing the right lighting will help you set your desired ambience.
A table lamp will add a warm glow, and a floor lamp is ideal to create low-level lighting. If you do prefer a ceiling light, you may want to consider a dimmer so you can adjust the level of lighting depending on your mood.
Regardless of the size of your conservatory, you will require some kind of storage. It may be a bookcase or a few shelves. If you have a T.V., a stand is also a good idea, especially if you own DVDs and other technology devices.
Ideas for smaller Conservatories
Not all conservatories are going to be large and extravagant as you may have tighter dimensions to work with. Regardless of the size, you don’t have to scrimp on style. You can use lighter colours that can make the room feel much bigger.
Also, choose your furniture wisely. Avoid bulky sofas and tables instead, choose a compact sofa that doesn’t take up too much room.
Don’t be afraid to use your imagination when it comes to decorating your conservatory. If you want more inspiration, contact us, and one of our experts will be happy to help.