A brilliant way to add space to your home, a conservatory can be used in a number of ways. From entertaining guests when then English summer weather fails to deliver, to creating the perfect environment for growing plants, this multifunctional room can become a real asset to your home.
But, when was the last time you thought about your conservatory decor? Just like all interiors, those in the conservatory require a little TLC every now and then. We consulted a selection of interior experts to find out their top tips for creating a fabulously designed conservatory.
Whether you use your conservatory for dining with the family, relaxing in a sunlit space or as a storage room full of boxes, our selection of conservatory ideas will inspire you to dust away those cobwebs and update your conservatory decor.
With a breakfast bar, informal lounge area and central focal feature fire pit in the enclosed courtyard garden, this space in the heart of the home encourages connection, inviting the family to sit, eat and share together.
This conservatory is joined with a beautiful shabby chic kitchen, so it was important there was a colour scheme, feel, and look continuity. The space is mainly used for chilling out, reading books and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. To achieve that flow we used the same natural limestone floor, reupholstered sofa in a soft blue fabric and threw some scattered cushions that tie in with the existing colour scheme in the kitchen. We also ensured we specified a rug in the coordinate colour. Alongside this, we used the same scarab fabric that was used to make a curtain in the kitchen, to make blackout roman blinds for the conservatory windows. One important element was a traditional-style radiator with daisies which was painted in French grey colour from Farrow & Ball palette. Lanterns and a few favourite objects complement the shabby chic style.
I am a massive fan of sunrooms which are more of a permanent structure compared to conservatories which are mainly construed of glass. This contemporary sunroom is designed for all year round comfort and usage – a room for all the seasons which gives plenty of light but is also part of the modern open-plan living concept. It truly feels part of the house and is a transitional space between the home and the garden – a very effective way of bringing the outside in.
When designing a conservatory as an extension to a period property you can go one of two ways; create a highly contemporary structure that gives a clear delineation between the existing house and the new or design a classic structure sympathetic with the existing house. The conservatory pictured takes the second route. The use of classic stone on the floor, an elegant stone coloured paint for the woodwork and beautiful window seats have created a calm and timeless space. Tall, leaded windows such as these give the space a wonderful character and allow for plenty of light.
As conservatories let in so much light, it’s advisable to ensure that any fabrics or leathers, other than neutrals, are fade-resistant. We often choose fabrics suitable for external use as they perform far better in such bright conditions and won’t fade. They are usually stain-resistant as well so very durable with busy families and animals that may be in and out of the garden.
Conservatories are where the idea of an ‘indoor-outdoor space’ comes into its own. This is where the home and garden collide, so bring the garden inside with a collection of pot plants, and use a curated combination of indoor and outdoor furniture and accessories that incorporate different textures and finishes, to give the space an interesting vibe.
To create a very contemporary take on the conservatory, choose rustic modern pieces, sisal flooring and exposed brick walls. Industrial steel windows are softened with sheepskin and other natural textures.
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One of the greatest advantages of a conservatory or sunroom is the amount of light they let in. As architects and designers think of ways to maximise this quality, we see a break from the traditional conservatories and a lean toward using large sheets of glass and bi-fold doors to bring the outdoors in, even more. By creating a large glass ceiling and glass back wall the light can travel further into the house, less window frame equals more natural light.
I absolutely love the idea of dining in a conservatory. You have the best of both worlds, you can enjoy the beauty of nature in the warmth of your home while you eat. Furthermore, impress your guests when you invite them over for dinner parties with the gorgeous airy feel and a naturally decorated dining area.
I love conservatories – they add so much to a home. Elegant, useful spaces that allow you to create a place that’s just perfect for entertaining, dining or simply relaxing. When dressing a conservatory, my advice is to keep things simple and uncluttered. Use cushions to bring in bursts of colour and natural materials such as Seagrass, light linens and wicker.
Bringing the outside in can often be a challenge with UK properties, but with glass extensions such as this one you really can call it a sunroom. The glass beams allow for a completely open feel to the back of this grade II listed property. I adore how subtle all the colours are and the Italian low line sofa makes the room seem even taller than it is – gorgeous.
Consider your conservatory or sunroom as an extension of your garden as well as your home. Whether it’s a relaxing sitting area or a scenic dining space, incorporate colours and textures that feature in your garden as well as reflecting your interior style. This will create a smooth and stylish transition from indoor to outdoor.
Much like the trend towards bringing the outdoors inside and incorporating greenery into your home, we love the idea of extending this to the expanse and tranquil blue hues of the sky. In this conservatory, the room has been left white (or use soft, muted colours) to maximise the light and space. The windows have been left undressed, aiding the simple design and allowing any available light to fill the room and provide a sense of the outdoors. The luminous shades of the sky are echoed in the delicate fabric of the armchair, blue upholstered bench and dining chairs with contrasting stripes and patterns, for beautiful detailing effect. The chandelier adds a striking feature to the room. The design details and colour palette merge to create a luxe indoor-outdoor feel and a serene space to relax in.
Use that beautiful, light filled space to create your very own home spa – the ultimate luxury. This oak framed orangery has been lovingly converted into a secluded oasis; its clever design floods the luxurious bathroom with light whilst maintaining privacy. Keep furnishings simple and white to maximise the feeling of openness and fill the space with beautiful plants to enhance your experience and improve air quality.
I absolutely love the use of this Red Oxide Parquet flooring by Neisha Crosland within this garden room setting. Predominantly a glass construction, conservatories have few walls to which colour, pattern or texture can be added so why not lay it on the floor? Neisha’s designs are based on shapes found in nature – what a perfect way to link the interior to the garden beyond.
A conservatory can be a big financial investment and will likely have a significant impact on the feel and use of an existing home – so it pays to spend some time on answering a few key questions before the build.
I’ve seen many conservatories created as separate rooms and never be used, so it is wise to think carefully about how the space will be used before it is built. For example, are you looking to create a separate living/seating space, expand an existing zone or combine areas such as living and dining?
In recent years, the traditional model of a conservatory has been challenged. For example, it no longer needs to have a majority glazed roof. In fact, a glass roof can often be problematic in terms of keeping the heat out in the summer and holding onto warmth in the winter. Privacy issues can be overcome with blinds, but these can also be expensive and over-complicated. A solid roof can create continuity from the main house into your extended area. It also creates a surface for hiding essentials such as cabling, lighting, air con etc. For added light, introduce roof lights, as shown in this image.
Conservatories and sunrooms are definitely making a comeback – and no longer are they the white PVC monstrosities of old. We love this modern interpretation which features large steel doors, patterned concrete tiles, vintage wall lights and a view of a charming courtyard garden.
Create an effortlessly charming setting in your conservatory by exploiting the natural light flooding through and views of the great outdoors. Source a combination of old and new furnishings to build an eclectic space. Hunt for a vintage timber dining table set; upholster the seat pads in rustic linen fabrics. Add industrial metal pendants, combined with retro LED bulbs. Handmade multi-coloured encaustic tiles will add vibrancy to the floor. Bring the outside in with rows of potted herbs in reclaimed terracotta ceramics and watering cans overflowing with plants. Dress the table with coloured glassware, hemp linens and church pillar candles. All that’s left is to nestle in with a coffee and the morning’s newspaper in your tranquil sun room.
Our English conservatories have evolved over the years to become slick and smartly designed additions to our homes. They are not only sunny, bright rooms but also a place for all of us to socialise, have dinner parties and entertain. Studio G has not only created country style relaxed conservatories but also modern, with a touch of an industrial look. We love our French doors and roof lights that give us an abundance of light and colour and helps us to bring the outside, inside. These rooms make us happy and are extremely inviting – especially when the sun shines!
Simple, beautiful and functional – this won’t be any surprise for people who already follow us on Attractive Minimalism – our ideal sunroom is one that will give you piece of mind and will be a great spot to enjoy your morning coffee and evening glass of wine. Minimum hassle, maximum joy. No clutter, no distractions, just a set of comfortable furnishings and huge glass surfaces between you and a beautiful ‘outside world’. Invite as much natural light as you can and enjoy every ray of sunlight whenever you can as, unfortunately, we can’t be sure when the next British summer will end.
The modern sunroom is used for so many different things from socialising to lounging. Personally, I prefer the latter, a comfy space you can relax in between the inside and the outdoors. Get yourself some big comfy chairs or a deep sofa that you can fall into, and make sure you include lots of cushions to make it extra cosy. Anyone who reads my blogs knows that I love indoor plants, so I would grab loads of them and create a sunroom that is a great mix of home and nature to create the perfect place to enjoy both!
I love a sunroom – ideally, I would sit in the garden 24/7, but as I live in the UK that is unlikely to happen. However, a sunroom is a good alternative to make you feel like you are outside. My style is very Scandinavian, but for a room filled with daylight, I love a bohemian look. This patio of Fleamarketfab photographed by Carley Summers would be my dream sunroom decor. I love the benches, hanging plants, kelim rugs and all-over holiday at home feel. I don’t think I’d ever leave!
From sun-filled spaces to brightly coloured furniture, we hope that our collection of expert conservatory ideas has inspired you to bring the outdoors in, all year round – no matter what the British weather decides to throw at us.
Featured image courtesy of Interiors By Vale