Top Style Tips To Make The Most Of Your Conservatory

Description:Celebrate that extra space, come rain or shine. Simple design ideas that will make sure your conservatory is functional and stylish.

 

You’ve spent all that money on a conservatory, so don’t just throw a few scatter cushions at it and hope for the best.

Conservatories are great as a happy medium between inside and out; full of light and extra space that can be used for whatever fits in with your life. Don’t let it fade into the background with those chairs you’ve dragged in from the shed and the cushion the dog think is going to be the next mother of his puppies.

To get the best out of your conservatory, and have your friends oohing and aahing over it, harness your inner interior designer and turn it into the best room in the house!

Decorations

It can be easy for conservatories to look and feel separate to the rest of the house, whether they are a modern addition or a conservatory designed for a period property. What you want to try and achieve is a space that flows from the house into the outside.

Carrying colour schemes straight through from the connecting room can give a great open-plan feel. However, if you prefer to separate the rooms try picking out a bold colour against neutral tones and using it for accessories like blinds and cushions, or even the furniture.

Think the other way round and bring the colours of nature inside. Clusters of pot plants work great and more exotic varieties will do well in this environment. Just remember to look after them properly; dying plants aren’t such a great look.

Whatever you do, I’d urge you to do with it a light hand. Light walls work best.Make sure the space stays bright and airy with your personality or style just picked out with a few careful details.

 

Furniture

In an unpredictable climate, conservatories offer a step towards al fresco dining, without having to eat under an umbrella. If you have the space, then a dining table can give real purpose to your sun room and make sure that it’s used all year round. This works especially well if it extends out from your kitchen but will be just as good off the living room.

Space is always going to be a commodity, unless you attach an aircraft hangar to that back of your house. Whether square or circular, tables whose chairs tuck neatly underneath are great space savers, with modern designs that will fit into any design scheme.

Most likely you’ll still want somewhere to bask in the warmth when the sun does appear. The dream of reading the Sunday newspapers in the sun could very well be the reason you built your conservatory in the first place; just do it in style! A small bench or loveseat with a matching chair and coffee table work really well and are suitable for both visiting friends and reclining on a lazy weekend.

 

Lighting

The space should already be full of light, unless you decorated it in a mood. However careful consideration of its lighting will mean it can be used well into the evening.

Candlelight is a great way to give the space a lovely atmosphere, though candles aren’t always that practical and a similar effect can be had at the flick of a switch. You’ve got to love technology!

Fairy lights come in such a wide variety of shapes and sizes there is bound to be something to match your décor. Trailing wires, however, will say more student than chic, so make sure you hide them away.If you’re feeling bold, a chandelier will give a gorgeous sense of opulence, while spotlights around the perimeter can be really dramatic, especially if you decide on the coloured variety.

Whatever you do with your conservatory,make sure you think about a theme. Victorian conservatories can look great with a modern twist; just give it the consideration it deserves. By planning its style you can make sure it’s the best investment you ever made.

Have you got a conservatory design you’re proud of? Share your hints and tips below.

 

Bio: Louise Blake is a working mum who’s refusing to let her growing family get in the way of a little bit of style.

 

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