So, how do you make that work? Take note of the following key features of your conservatory and design accordingly:
Typically, we think of conservatories as needing minimal artificial lighting, but if you’re using one as a family room or work space, then you’re going to need to balance things out for those shorter winter days or those rainier spring ones. A quality overhead lighting system is best supplemented with lots of freestanding lamps so as to maintain a certain cosy feel even in the evenings. Having a cheery glow to curl up and read in as the rain patters overhead is a great way to beat the bad weather blues.
If you want to moderate the light flowing into the room, or just block it out altogether, how are you going to do it? Conservatory blinds, curtains and shutters come in a variety of colours and designs and can be customised to fit your conservatory exactly. This is one area of your home where cheap curtains from IKEA just aren’t going to cut it, so you should definitely be prepared to spend more on quality conservatory blinds.
High quality blinds or curtains also help to regulate the temperature of your conservatory, keeping it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, which reduces heating expenses in a room that’s typically very expensive to have. They also have the obvious benefit of giving you privacy when you want it, something that’s especially important in a room made entirely of glass!
Unless you’re going for a very niche look, the brightness and airiness of your conservatory is best brought out by a natural colour palette. Brighter accents are fine too, but any overtones of extreme shades like neon or moodier, darker colours may jar with the feel of the room and its surrounding views. Gentler pastels will open up the room as well as being easier on the eyes.
Darker furniture could present an interesting contrast to the tone of the room, but obviously a conservatory is naturally suited to furniture made from lighter-coloured materials. Rattan furniture might present a nice harmony with any plants in the room, or any kind of furniture with wooden frames.
A key feature of any conservatory is obviously its plant life, and there are lots of interesting ways to incorporate this into the rest of the room instead of just lining them up or anything else that might look too boring or uniform. Group plants together in differently coloured or shaped containers, and place them in scattered formations around the room where they can add to the atmosphere without overwhelming it.
How do you go about styling your conservatory? What tips and tricks would you recommend? Share them in the comments!
Estelle Page is an avid interior design and DIY enthusiast, and is always on the lookout for great new interior design tips and trends. She shares her advice and recommendations by blogging for Appeal Shading.
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