Nothing beats sunlight; it’s a fact (okay, not quite, but at A Fancy Home it is). We believe it’s important for people to have their homes designed to make the best use of natural daylight. That’s why we made this guide for decorating conservatories, so if you’re fortunate enough to have one, you can make the most of it!
It’s commonplace for homeowners to add a conservatory to their home. It’s a room where sun rays flow freely, bringing the joy of the new day inside. The conservatory can become a place where the family gathers, where friends sit when visiting or where you simply get to be yourself.
While it’s much easier to pay an architect to do it for you, taking pride in designing and decorating your own conservatory has its benefits. After all, it’s you who will be enjoying it…
A Guide to Decorating Conservatories:
Whether you’re redesigning an existing conservatory or building one from scratch, nothing can revive a space better than repainting. Since windows will consume most of the space, your wall colour may seem insignificant, however, a small mistake here could have large ramifications.
The best way to make the most of a light and airy room is by decorating them in light-amplifying, neutral tones like beige, cream or even light blues and greens. This will ensure that your natural light won’t get absorbed or need to compete with dark wall colours, nor will the room seem gloomy… even if the weather outside is.
When decorating conservatories, your choice of flooring is paramount to the aesthetic of the room. The choice is wide, because a conservatory doesn’t have any specific requirements, so it’ll ultimately depend on your personal preferences.
However, conservatories traditionally have hard flooring like tiles, laminate, or in some cases, hardwood. Conservatories often get extremely hot in summer (they’re a bit like greenhouses) and hard flooring doesn’t retain heat so it’ll help keep the room cool. Whereas in winter, they can sometimes feel a little damp because there’s so much glass, (which can lead to lots of condensation), in which case, carpets can retain the moisture and either grow mould or start to smell. That doesn’t mean you can’t have carpet, but you’ll need to ensure your conservatory is sealed tight to prevent damp.
With that in mind, hard flooring options are the most practical. Ceramic tiles tend to achieve a more sophisticated look and offer a quirky, unique finish to your extension; while hardwood flooring produces a stylish appearance.
Furniture shopping can be expensive, time-consuming and frustrating if you can’t find what you’re looking for. Which leads us to our next tip for decorating conservatories: you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on expensive furniture, instead, you could try designing some truly unique features yourself.
Are you a little lost? What we mean is, why don’t you try getting crafty? Reusing wood pallets and crates for crafting tables, chairs and shelves. It’s a great way to not only save some money on furniture but also to be eco-friendlier. Try taking on the project with your children for some wholesome bonding (away from the TV) – or your partner to truly test your patience.
Energy Efficient Sanctuary
There are many conservatories out there that are freezing cold in winter and intolerably hot in summer, but a proper conservatory shouldn’t be mistaken for a greenhouse. The type of glass in your window panes is the most important denominator of your conservatories temperature.
Namely, a new generation of thermal windows that boast outstanding winter performance. These can be further improved with the addition a special window film for an enhanced summer experience.
Tip: don’t forget to caulk around the frames to prevent air from leaking.
It’s unbelievable how much character small details can add to your space, and decorating conservatories are no different. A single picture or piece of art can open an entirely new dimension. So, when you’re thinking about redecorating, you really should consider what ornamental props you can use to transform it from a ‘tack on’ space to a homely room.
Since a conservatory’s purpose is to invite nature inside, you should try to add as many organic elements as possible. There is a variety of house plants that will feel right at home, and accessories made from natural materials.
Designing a space within your home falls nothing short of a wonderful and liberating experience. Let your creativity and natural instincts be your guide. If your family is nearly as enthusiastic about the conservatory as you are, make sure to include their ideas in the decoration process – this way you’ll make a room that reflects the whole family!
Hopefully, this guide to decorating conservatories will help you create an open and multifunctional space in your home! For more DIY guides like this, check out our how-to page or like us on Facebook for daily updates.
This is a guest post by home improvement expert Lillian Connors. Check her out on LinkedIn.