The climate in this green and pleasant land can be unpredictable, which is why conservatories are now more popular than ever. What better way to enjoy the garden views, birds and wildlife than from the warmth and comfort of a well appointed conservatory? When it is a little on the chilly side outdoors, a conservatory enables you to experience mood enhancing, elevated light levels to lift your spirits whilst keeping out of the wind and rain.
When it comes to home improvements, conservatories make a lot of sense. They come in many different styles and models, ranging from traditional wood framed elegance, to those made using contemporary glass cubes. Whether you plan to use the conservatory for entertaining, as a playroom for the children or just a quiet place for relaxation, you can be sure it will soon become the most popular room in the house.
With large expanses of glass in a room, it is essential to manage heat levels efficiently. In winter, it makes sense to pull in as much sunshine as possible from outdoors, conversely in summer, blocking out the sun’s rays and maintaining good ventilation will ensure the conservatory remains a comfortable environment in which to spend time. Blinds and interior shutters can be effective in controlling temperatures and light levels, thus optimizing your conservatory’s year-round potential as a valued extra living space.
A cool and stylish look in the conservatory can be achieved in a number of ways. Of course it will depend on what the room is to be used for; dining areas demand different furnishings to those needed in chill-out or games rooms. Try to keep things minimalist and don’t overcrowd the space with furniture. Pale colours that do not fade in the sun and earthy organic shades that echo the garden beyond work particularly well. Tiled floors are easy to clean, bearing in mind the heavy foot traffic from the garden, however, for a more sumptuous effect carpet or polished wood floors look wonderful.
It has long been popular to furnish conservatories with cane or rattan furniture but for those seeking a modern twist, leave the traditional stuff in the store and opt for the contemporary cutting edge designs in amorphous shapes and sizzling colours. When combined with exotic tropical plants and sculptural indoor palms, contemporary dÈcor in a conservatory makes for an unexpected oasis where indoor world meets outdoor.
If you have a new conservatory and are wondering which plants to grow in it, here are a few ideas. Of course it all boils down to personal taste, but if you hanker for the exotic, why not try out a lemon tree in a pot? Citrus trees thrive in the warm, light space of a conservatory. Imagine how delicious that gin and tonic will taste with a home-grown slice of lemon in it! Other plants worth considering include; yuccas, palms, agave, clivia, bougainvillea, cacti and succulents, cordylines, aspidistras and olive trees. Many keen gardeners use the conservatory space as an extension of the garden and start off young seedlings in the nurturing warmth. Whatever role you have in mind for your conservatory, you can guarantee it will get a lot of use!