A Guide to Decorating Your Newly Constructed Conservatory

Adding a conservatory onto your house can increase the value of the property and provide some extra living space. But choosing the furniture, wall paint and accessories for it can be a challenge here, we offer some simple tips on how to create a beautifully decorated conservatory.

Whether you’ve had it professional built, or done the work yourself, successfully adding a conservatory can give you a great sense of achievement but when it comes to decorating this new space, many homeowners are at a loss as to where to begin.

There are an overwhelming amount of options when it comes to decorating and furnishing this particular room and there is also a lot to take into consideration from the wall colour and the furniture, to the plants, the lighting, blinds and flooring. All of these elements must complement one another and serve their purpose well, so that the conservatory doesn’t just look aesthetically pleasing, but is also functional. It’s imperative that you think about what you will be using the room for too; some people prefer their conservatories to serve as indoor garden rooms, whilst others want to use it as a sunny office, or even a dining space.

Choosing furniture and flooring

Due to the use of large window panes in conservatories, temperature fluctuations are common, as a result of varying levels of condensation and natural light. This should be taken into account when you are choosing your furniture, as the pieces you select will need to be able to cope with such conditions. Some of the best materials for garden rooms are metal, cane and rattan, all of which are light, visually appealing and most importantly, able to withstand varying temperature and humidity levels. If you opt for this type of furniture and add cushions and throws onto it, bear in mind that darker colours, or fabrics with bright, colourful designs are likely to fade very quickly, due to the regular exposure to daylight. Because of this, it’s generally best to choose pastel shades, creams or neutrals, which won’t show signs of fading quite so quickly.

Flooring is another element which must be given due consideration. If you intend to use the conservatory as a connecting indoor pathway between the garden and the rest of your house, it’s advisable to invest in sturdy hardwood floors which can withstand a lot of foot traffic. Tiling is another good choice, which can easily be cleaned and is robust enough to handle plenty of wear and tear. However, if the conservatory will not have a lot of people passing through it if for instance, you wish to use it as an office or a dining space, then you can use a luxurious carpet, or a more budget-friendly faux-wood flooring instead. And as a final tip, don’t forget about lighting whilst the windows will let through plenty of natural light during the day, you’ll need to add some table or floor lamps for the evenings.

AUTHOR BIO

Ella Smith writes regularly for some of the most widely read decor publications in the country, as well as several popular websites and blogs. She loves to renovate forgotten spare rooms and unused extensions and turn them into beautiful garden rooms, offices and lounges.

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