A conservatory is a lovely addition to the home, but it can often go unused for large parts of the year, thanks to not being a warm, comfortable place to relax when the temperatures fall. With the right decor choices though, you can make a conservatory a cozy place to enjoy all year to see some sun and admire your garden from indoors.
Choose the right blinds
Conservatory blinds can be used to offer shade during the summer and some warmth in the winter. Choose an option that will stop cold air from getting in through the glass panels, and trap the warm air inside to make the space much nicer to use when the weather is cold. The right blinds can also make space feel cozier by adding a touch of softness to an otherwise stark space.
Set the mood with lighting
One of the simplest ways to create a cozy atmosphere is with lighting. As a conservatory is a halfway point between the outdoors and the indoors, you can get more creative with your lighting choices than you might inside the rest of the house. Storm lanterns on the floor look pretty and can draw the eye outwards towards the garden. For a cozy feel, hang fairy lights around the top of the walls for soft, attractive lighting at night.
Conservatories can often have a lot of cold, hard surfaces, like glass, tiled floors and brick walls. Warm things up by adding layers of soft textures. A fluffy rug on the floor covers cold tiles. Blinds, drapes, or curtains break up an expanse of cold glass on the walls. Add throws and cushions to your furniture to bring in more softness.
The most obvious way to make a conservatory usable all year round is to add some heating options. Depending on the heating you have in the rest of the house, you could extend this to also reach into the conservatory. If you’re worried about increasing your heating bill by pumping the central heating into a room made of glass where all the heat can escape, add a heat source that can be turned on and off when you want to use the room. A free-standing electric heater could work well, and the blinds and other soft furnishings you’ve added will help to stop that heat from escaping.
Choose warm colors
To make the room look cozier, choose warm colors for your decor. Yellows, oranges, and reds will all look great against the natural colors in the garden and will make the room look and feel much warmer than if you stuck to cooler shades like blues and greens. If you prefer the natural look, then take inspiration from cabins and use woods to decorate. Wood is a naturally warm color, so things will still look inviting without bringing in too many bright shades if that isn’t your thing.
With the right decor, you can make your conservatory a space to enjoy all year round.