Conservatories full of sunMartha Taylor-Brown ▼ | October 31, 2015
Conservatory, a room with a glass roof and walls, evolved from the space dedicated to delicate plants to a cozy family room for relaxing during any time of year.
Conservatory Cozy family room outside your house
Since your conservatory is an extension, it would be good to leave outside walls intact, especially if bricks or stone are visible. That will create a warmer atmosphere that will define the overall look of the space. As the photo by Gary Quigg is showing, you really don't have to add many details to it. Go with natural, earthy colors and furniture that incline to rustic or even slightly French style. Put a nicely designed fireplace and that's a perfect place for family gatherings.
The point of a conservatory is to have light coming in from all sides possible but if you want some privacy if your yard is open to others, roman blinds are good choice. They are easy to operate and won't add too much weight to overall look. Mark Pashley decided to go with beige and brown colors naturally connected with blinds, creating an inviting space for the whole day that most probably looks warmer than your living room.
To make the connection with the surrounding nature complete, put some plants in your conservatory, like this example from B. Jane Gardens. Here you can design in reverse: first decide how many and what plants you want in, put them in place respecting their needs for light, and then choose furniture depending on the remaining space. That may sound like an upside-down process but as a matter of fact it may make the whole process easier because the point is to make a connection with nature, not a room full of furniture. ■