DIY Conservatories Decorating Ideas
Once you have decided you want to build a conservatory you will no doubt know how you are going to use this new space. So whether you need an office, dining room, playroom, sun room or an additional living room your first job is to decide what style of conservatory will best suit your home.
The style of the conservatory you choose is down to your own personal taste. You may consider choosing a style that will match the period your home was built in or a style that matches your property. Some consideration should be given to the size of the conservatory; it’s advisable that the conservatory is in proportion with the rest of your property. The most common conservatory styles are:
- Gable End
- Lean To
- Hipped Lean To
Heating and Cooling Options
The conservatory is mainly built from glass and so careful thought needs to be given as to how you are going to keep the conservatory cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The room needs to be at a comfortable temperature throughout the year for all year round use. Installing ceiling fans or an air conditioning system will keep the conservatory cool in the summer months. Whilst under floor heating or radiators will heat the room during the cooler months. Under floor heating is becoming increasingly more popular, with a choice of either electric or water fed flooring.
Interior Colour Schemes.
A good way of creating the perfect atmosphere within the conservatory is to choose a colour theme. By putting a colour board together you can visualise the overall look of the room. Start by collecting swatches of the materials, flooring, wall paper and the paint you want to use. Then put together pictures of the furniture and accessories you are planning to use, you can then see how the colours and textures will work together. Try creating two or three boards experimenting with colours, textures and style options.
There are many different options available and it is a good idea to choose flooring that is durable and long lasting. Flooring can really transform the look and feel of the room. Popular choices include:
- Ceramic tiles
- Natural stones like slate, granite
The blinds in the conservatory play an important part to the finish of the room; they firstly provide the room with privacy as well as protecting the interior from the sun’s rays. The blinds will also help conserve the heat during the winter. Whilst making up the colour boards you will have collected different materials for the blinds popular blind styles include:
Depending on what you plan to do in the room will of course dictate the type of furniture you will purchase. Again with your colour board you can collect different photos of furniture and accessories to help pull together the overall look of the room.
Living Room Ideas
Mediterranean Style – Use terracotta type floor tiles or mosaic tiles covered in deeply coloured rugs. Wrought iron furniture or heavy oak furniture works well for this style of room. Accessorising with olive plants, pottery and careful lighting. Wall colours range from the deep yellows/oranges to startling white.
Nature Bringing the Outdoors Inside– The obvious colour choice are going to be neutrals, greens, and earthy based colours. Using natural materials like wood, bamboo and stone will help create a natural and peaceful environment blending the garden with the interior of the conservatory. Using lots of plants will also help create a seamless join between the outdoors and the inside of the conservatory.