Creating a Modern Conservatory

Once the reserve of a Yuppy’s semi-detached pad in the home counties, modern conservatories are harking back to the more noble Victorian style of glasshouses, and turning the uPVC rooms into bastions of cool. Do a search online for ‘conservatory furniture’ and that strange wicker chintz variety will appear; that odd furniture that wouldn’t appear anywhere else in a house and yet seems ubiquitous where conservatories are concerned. Likewise, those peachy coloured pelmets and velvet curtains so beloved of cringe worthy department stores nationwide who are stocking the same range of products as they were 30 years ago.

Refresh a tired conservatory and regain the extra space into a usable part of the home with a few simple steps. One of the first things to do is give it a new lick of paint. Get rid of that horrible pastel hue and replace with something fresher, like an aqua green or pale grey. This may seem to give the room a colder feel but this is easily countered with clever decorating.

Choose richer shades in block colours for the decoration. A Rothko print will make a real impression, and beats a generic boring print of a watercolour painting of a rustic country scene. Selecting one with several colours in and then base the rest of the décor on that palette: if the picture includes black, red and orange make that the scheme for the room. Select vases, lampshades and scatter cushions all in the same shades and the room will start to feel like it’s been put together by an interior decorator.

The cool grey matte finish of the Tiffany range of sofas from Roomes in Essex will complement this modern style, and the corner seat is absolutely ideal for a cosy corner of a conservatory. Add some small scatter cushions in a contrasting smooth shiny fabric in a colour to match the Rothko print and see the room instantly come to life. By avoiding the jaded old wicker and chintz look the room will feel like an extension of the main living space, not solely a summer room.

Replace tired curtains with utilitarian blinds. Brushed aluminium will complement the Tiffany sofa, and avoid overpowering the room. Blinds are also a great way to allow easy light control, perfect for snuggling up in the revamped conservatory with a steamy latte and a good book and enjoying the outside views whatever the weather.

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