Creative conservatory ideas for your home

Conservatory ideas

Conservatories can be styled in so many ways. They provide a comfortable place to dine, work or simply relax. If you're not sure what to do with your space, here’s some tips to get you started.

A room for all seasons

Open all year round

A conservatory is a room for all seasons, not just the warm spring and summer months. But to get the most of this extra living space, you need to make it winter ready.

Turn up the heat

Temperatures, especially during the winter season, can get low, so having a portable heater is essential. Portable heaters come in all shapes and sizes, and can be placed almost anywhere in a room. Many provide instant heat and have useful features like timers and frost protection.

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Keep it cosy

Add some winter warmth by layering furniture with blankets, throws and plenty of fluffy cushions. If your floor tiles get too cold, throw a shaggy rug on top. And for an extra cosy touch, choose comforting fabrics that are woolly, furry and tactile.

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Make room for dining

Create a spot for a light meal by adding a dining table and a few chairs. Usually, a round table is more flexible than a rectangular one when it comes to space. Position the table in full view of your garden so you can enjoy the tranquil outlook while you eat.

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Create an office space

A conservatory can become a modern home office with the addition of a desk, filing cabinet and practical office chair. As well as providing a quiet place to work, you’ll also get great views of your garden and lots of natural light.

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Maximise small spaces

If your conservatory is quite compact, consider stripping back the furniture to the bare essentials. Instead of big, bulky furniture, look for pieces with clean lines and minimalistic shapes. Flexible multifunctional designs are handy, as they can serve multiple purposes. Decorating with lighter colours also helps make a small space feel more open and airy.

Have fun with furniture

When furnishing a conservatory, you may wish to opt for a different décor scheme than the rest of your home. Use woodland inspired designs, check prints and wooden furniture to create the perfect rustic retreat. Or, if you prefer something more modern, try a minimalist theme with clutter-concealing cabinets and clean-lined Scandi style furniture.

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Bring the outside in

Many plants thrive in conservatories, particularly the ones that love the sun. For a truly tropical feel, mix tall plants that have big leaves with smaller varieties such as succulents. Alternatively, use artificial plants for all-year greenery without the upkeep.

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Be bookish

With the help of bookcases, cabinets and storage units, you can create a cosy reading nook to curl up in. Fill the shelves with your favourite paperbacks and hardbacks, so you can enjoy them again and again.

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Dress the windows

Instantly cosy up your conservatory with a set of curtains. Curtains make it easier to control the light levels, plus they provide privacy and insulation. They can be styled to suit any interior, whether casual or dressy.

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