Considering a Conservatory? Design and Decor Tips to Get You Inspired
Adding a conservatory or sunroom to your home gives you extra living space for a relatively low cost and often doesn’t even include a heavy compliance burden in terms of building codes. They’re especially useful if you’ve just moved into a smaller home and are feeling a little cramped. And, though we may think of conservatories in terms of period design, they can also follow modern design aesthetics that allow them to fit in with the modern architecture. Need inspiration? We’ve got it!
From Cottages to 21st Century Mansions: Your Design Options
It can be difficult to envision how a conservatory will fit into the overall architecture of your home. However, design options have you covered, and the best people to advise you on that would be experts in the field. Roofline Design, for example, can offer a variety of options based on the overall look of your home.
A company that has been in the business of installing conservatories for years is best able to consider the brief and come up with a proposal that you’ll like. So, if you like the idea of a bright, sunny addition to your home, start by asking local companies what they can offer you.
Furnishing for Enjoyment
Your conservatory will become a favourite place to spend relaxed afternoons, so furnish it accordingly. Comfortable couches are a must and handy incidental tables to rest a cooling drink or the book you’re currently busy with will all but complete the picture.
Since you’ll enjoy laid-back lunches and teas in your conservatory, consider adding a compact and informal dining area. Wicker furniture is back in fashion and could offer an ideal solution. Alternatively, a cottagey wooden table and chairs can create a warm and relaxed atmosphere.
Don’t Forget to Leave Space for Plants
Traditionally, conservatories were a place to keep tender plants – a bit like a greenhouse with extra “house” added to the equation since they are connected to homes rather than being stand-alone structures.
Brighten up your conservatory with tropical or subtropical plants and create an area that acts as a link to the outdoors where indoor furnishings and outdoor greenery overlap. Do consult a horticulturist when making your choices. Many indoor plants are adapted to low light conditions and won’t do well in the bright light of your conservatory.
If you’re not horticulturally inclined, cheat. The silk plants one can get nowadays are amazingly realistic and just need occasional dusting down to look at their best. It’s a case of having greenery without needing a green thumb.
Not Just for Daytime
A Well-designed and decorated conservatory will soon become one of your favourite places – and that means that you’d like to use it at night too. There should definitely be lighting, and with that, comes a need for curtains. On chilly days, a fireplace, or an electric stove that looks like one, will add to comfort and ambience. At all times, remember that the conservatory is uniquely yours – a place that helps you to relax and recharge your batteries. Make it uniquely your own by adding the elements that will make it reflect your personality and preferences.
Most of all, enjoy the addition of an all-weather sanctum to your home. Conservatories are definitely much more than a place to keep exotic plants – even if you did opt for silk ones!