The sun is attempting to shine and the weather is getting a little warmer in the UK, despite the unheard of event of snow in Cornwall last week. One thing that the sun does for us, is make us feel brighter and happier and guns many of us into action, especially when it comes to making the most of the sun at home.
The premium part of a property at this time of the year to think about will be the conservatory, the one room in the house that allows you to really make the most of the sun.
Spring may have brought on the need to scrub the house, but summer is the time when we want to see the house looking bright and clean. With this in mind, what better room to start brightening up the house than the conservatory.
With a conservatory, there’s no hard and fast rule to say you have to fill it with rattan furniture and cushions. Like any room, it should reflect what you use it for, along with the family’s personality.
Furnishings – sofas, tables and blinds
The shape and design of the conservatory will have to be considered before you begin planning out the furniture, as well as what use the extra room will have. Does it have to be child and pet friendly? Or will it be used for quiet periods reading a book or watching catch-up TV? Will it be used as an informal dining room, perhaps?
Considering these things first and putting in a little planning before you begin will be helpful in the long run.
When it comes to choosing furniture, you can opt for the traditional rattan, of which there are a huge amount of styles and colours to choose from. Alternatively, you could of course use a sofa that’s in the living room section of the store, taking care to choose one that doesn’t sit directly on the flooring, so that air can circulate even when the room’s not in use.
There are some beautiful sofas on the market and with a little shopping around, you can find bargains. Try eBay as well as the main stores as the bargains that can be found are well worth it.
Flooring will have been installed with the conservatory, but you can brighten it up with colourful and durable rag rugs, to match other accessories.
Colours, accessories and plants
Conservatory colour schemes are down to individual taste, but some people buy neutral colours so that it’s a simple matter of changing accessories to alter the look of the room. This means going for furniture that complements the design of the conservatory too.
Of course, there’s nothing to say you shouldn’t go bright and bold, choosing furniture to suit, but this will limit you in the future should you want to change it. Go for neutral bases and then liven up with colourful cushions and throws.
Tables and accessories that don’t cost the earth will mean that you can change them easily and cheaply when the time comes.
As it’s a conservatory, add some foliage. Why not try planting herbs and placing the pots in various locations around the room. These will look pretty, are useful for those who like to cook and will smell wonderful when the sun hits them, especially fragrant herbs such as rosemary and mint.
Other plants that are extremely well-suited to a conservatory include:
- Bougainvilleas – these flower for 10 months of the year and come in a range of vibrant colours to complement accessories
- Clivia come in different varieties and include bright and rich orange, yellow and cream
- Jasmine are great for conservatories due to their fragrance and ability to climb. These attractive flowers are usually white and bloom all throughout the summer. The ‘lady of the night’ variety will scent the room at night with a sweet, floral smell.
The beauty of a conservatory is that most indoor and outdoor plants will thrive, so you can mix the floral and leafy and even grow subtropical plants, such as Aloe Vera, which has great medicinal properties for burns and abrasions to the skin.
Grow plants on a variety of levels, with the leafy plants on the floor, climbers supported by a trellis and flowers in hanging baskets or high shelves to gain a trailing effect.
If you’re considering having a new conservatory fitted, why not visit the Anglian UK website and see what they can do for you, from design, to planning and everything in between!
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