Our wonderfully unpredictable and turbulent British summers mean an idyllic evening spent basking in the sunshine can often turn into a mad dash for cover as the heavens open.
And so to the practical and perfect concept of a conservatory – a space which gives you an extra room, a sense of the outdoors when it is too chilly for the real al fresco, and a bijou winter home for your begonias. What more could you want?
The future is looking bright for those of you lucky enough to own glass houses as we’ve devised four picture perfect themes to make entertaining, dining and relaxing an altogether dryer and warmer experience, all, year, long.
When choosing flooring you must also carefully consider the usage of the room.If you are intending to use it as a bridge between the garden and indoors, it’s advisable to go for hard wearing floors that are easy to clean. As the room is likely to experience a lot of foot traffic from the garden, a tiled effect flooring that can withstand the dirt is going to be a lot easier to maintain than a carpeted one. Alternatively, if you intend to use the room as a more exclusive dining room or office, then a luxurious carpet or wood effect laminate or vinyl can look fantastic.
Oriental Style Solarium
Think rustic looking wooden or laminate floorboards covered with thick shagpile rugs. Decorate bold furniture with luxurious cashmere throws and add decorated scatter cushions that have splashes of rich oriental colours.
Transform your conservatory space into a soothing haven, perfect for relaxed evenings and the ideal space to curl up with your favourite book. Create impact by picking up beautiful, unique pieces of furniture from flea markets or auction houses and then spend a little time on the details – tiny wind charms, magnificent tall vases and intricate cut out lanterns all cry out for a romantic space perfect for a quiet, tea light lit evening with wine.
Bright Breakfast Room
Forget open plan living and crunching through your cornflakes at the breakfast bar, light mornings lend themselves to padding down to breakfast and taking a seat overlooking your garden or patio.
If you’re looking for a Mediterranean feel, opt for granite effect flooring or try leaving an exposed brick wall – decorate your sunroom in warm, bright shades of sunburnt orange and yellow.
Alternatively, keep things clean and fresh with crisp white walls, soft dreamy drapes and accent colours on cushions or wall hangings.
Warm Evening Snug
As the days get cooler, you’ll be craving a warm, snug room. Don’t forget your conservatory in the winter months; instead turn it into a warm corner of your home perfect for relaxing after a hard day. Hang heavy luxurious curtains to retain heat or lay a thick, lavish carpet. Invest in laid back beanbags for all the family and light candles or big floor lamps to create a comforting sanctuary throughout the winter months.
Conservatory furniture – what to consider
Due to its nature, a conservatory will experience a great degree of temperature change, exposure to natural light and condensation levels. Your furniture must be able to cope with this all year round. The best types of furniture for dealing with such conditions are rattan, cane and metal. Whilst Rattan and cane wicker furniture is a lot lighter, can be easily moved and helps to give the room a more outdoors feel, metal furniture can be softened by cushions and throws and can offer a more modern feel.
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