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How to create the perfect conservatory to relax in

Feb 24th 2015 at 11:04 AM

With the more lenient planning rules on conservatories, they are a popular way to add precious inches and feet to a home without going through the laborious process of having full building work done.

A conservatory can be put up in a flash, instantly creating another room which can be used for a whole host of purposes.

Conservatories are often used as dining rooms, a playroom for the children or just a space to relax and chill out in. Being so close to nature but at the same time sheltered creates an interesting ambience which is curiously hypnotic.

If your conservatory is a space which you use to unwind and de-stress, here's a few suggestions about how you might want to furnish it.

Colour

Before you even begin to purchase furniture or flooring, you need to decide your colour scheme for the room.

Conservatories are usually very light and airy, because of the extra windows and glass, so although you could get away with a darker design, bright colours make the most of the room.

 

Clean, neutral colours help to create a very calming space and go well with a broad spectrum of styles so you won't be restricted on what else you can pick. If you want a more organic feel, you could opt to continue the colours from your garden, with greens and sunny yellows.

If you prefer strong, vibrant colours, you could choose one statement piece for the room – such as a carpet – and match this with more subdued colours elsewhere. This provides a rich splash of colour without the room becoming overpowered.

Furniture

You will need to think about furniture even more carefully in the conservatory than elsewhere in the house because of the atmospheric conditions.

Conservatories can sometimes get damp, cold or humid so whatever furniture you choose must be able to cope with those conditions well.

Traditional wood can warp or peel when faced with less than ideal temperatures, while other materials can crack, split or blister.

Rattan furniture is an ideal solution as it can cope with damp, cold or humid conditions without becoming damaged. Very stylish and contemporary, rattan furniture can be left out in the garden in both the hot sun and the ice and snow, so conservatory temperatures pose no problem at all!

As well as being resilient, rattan furniture comes in a range of colours and styles, and is a particularly low-maintenance material to look after. These are the reasons why it's now chosen for furniture all over the house.

Flooring

Your conservatory could well be the entry and exit point to your home, at least to the rear of the property, so you need to have a good think about the practicalities of what you put on the floor.

You may love the idea of having a deep pile carpet to sink your toes into but if muddy boots are constantly traipsing through, you might find it's a very bad idea.

Tiling, laminate or treated wooden flooring all makes a better choice for floor coverings, as they're easy to keep clean and won't rapidly degrade with heavy use.

Accessories

As your chosen space to relax, you can choose to put some accessories in your conservatory to make it a place than you feel truly calms you.

However, resist the temptation to cram it full of items; the less space there is available, the more stressed you will inevitably be.

Some of the items you might want to consider include a rug, potted plants, cushions and photos. Where possible, keep all of your clutter out of sight so that the conservatory has a relaxing and calming effect.

Conclusion

A conservatory can be a very relaxing space and with the right furniture and accessories will be a room you enjoy spending some time in.

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