Brighten up your home extension by figuring out what works and what doesn’t in your existing conservatory unit. Check our latest Conservatory Interior Design Tips.
Having a brand new conservatory installed at the rear of your property is many a homeowner’s dream; not only does it help let in more natural light but it also increases the amount of space you have and functions as an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home. But a conservatory only really works when the interior is designed to help provide you with exactly what you want to get out of the extension; whether that is a secluded reading spot, a place for afternoon tea or an ideal spot for a cosy afternoon nap. So how can you refurbish your conservatory’s interior to work for you?
Well, that depends on how extensively you want to re-design the conservatory’s interior décor – not to mention how much money you can afford to spend on the project. Nevertheless, there are a number of different ways to make sure you are confronting the refurbishment from the right direction and not avoiding any glaring issues that detract from the overall atmosphere and ambience your conservatory is meant to provide.
Planning your Interior Refurbishment
It is always a good idea to come up with a comprehensive plan of how you want your conservatory to look and feel before you got out spending money on new furniture or start pulling up the flooring from beneath your feet. There are a few things you should always aim to consider in your plans, including the following:
- Does your design suit the conservatory’s intended purpose? That is, does it function in the way it should, either as a family room or a personal retreat?
- Will you need to consult with any renovation or refurbishment professionals? This is only really necessary if you need to re-structure or expand the conservatory in any way – in which case you should talk to a structural engineer.
- Can you afford the re-decoration as it stands? It sounds obvious, but it is easy to go over-budget when the ball starts rolling with these sort of home improvement projects – so make sure you budget carefully beforehand.
Interior Refurbishment: Conservatory Design & Style Tips
Once the plans are in place, it is time to start putting the words into action and sourcing all the necessary tools, equipment, materials and furniture that you need to transform your conservatory interior. So where do you start?
- Think about the overall theme or colours and shades you are going for. Do they define the conservatory’s atmosphere or can they be expanded upon with additional furniture and/or accessories? Do you want a single-colour theme, or something more abstract and unorthodox – but perhaps a bit less confining?
- Realise the theme within the space you have – and that means altering the floors, walls and ceiling where necessary. Soft paints and pastel colours work great with natural light, but floral prints and other types of arty wallpaper can also add a touch of Victorian elegance and style to a more ornate conservatory model. Similarly, carpets keep things a bit more authentic than modern wooden flooring – but like wallpaper, are usually the more expensive option of the two.
- Once you have a theme in place, it’s time to think about the bigger pieces of furniture – that means the sofa or settee, perhaps a dining table and chairs, and maybe some kind of coffee table. If, however, you want something less traditional, then why not opt for a picnic table, or some kind of large swivel chair to act as a focal point in a corner of the room? Either way, choose furniture that is sturdy but affordable (i.e. something within your budget that you won’t have to replace any time soon), and make sure there is still enough room surrounding the furniture to keep the room light and airy – after all, that is how a conservatory is meant to feel.
- Finally, it is time to decorate the room with any extras that might help contribute to that final touch to make your conservatory feel like part of the home. This could range from anything from hanging curtains and potted plants to more modern fairy lights and kitsch ornaments – whatever it is that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable and defines your own personal tastes.
If you want more advice and ideas about different kinds of conservatory interiors, you should sift through as many online brochures and magazine cuttings as you can before settling on a final model for your own conservatory space. If you are still unsure, why not make a few mood boards to help establish an overall theme? If that doesn’t work, you can always cut corners and opt for a more professional touch by consulting with an experienced interior designer; it might cost a tad more, but these trained individuals have a knack for making the most of the space and money you have while adding a splash of colour in all the right places – and in ways you might never have thought of by yourself!