Conservatory furniture ideas
Choosing the right furniture can make all the difference to your conservatory design – so get some ideas on furnishing your conservatory here.
One of the benefits of having a conservatory is being able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors in comfort. Most people tend to use their conservatory most in summer, but if you live in a beautiful rural area or have a stunning garden, then why not enjoy it all the time and not be dictated to by the weather? In order to create a usable, attractive conservatory you will need to incorporate appropriate furniture, lots of natural materials and an inviting colour scheme. A culmination of these things will result in a space that you will enjoy spending time in whatever the season.
What will I need to consider when coming up with furniture ideas for my conservatory?
- How light is your conservatory?
- What fabrics will you use?
- Do you want to add a natural touch?
- Is your conservatory’s style consistent with the rest of your home?
Conservatory light and window ideas
Let’s face it, most conservatories are pretty light given they largely consist of windows. However some conservatories are darker than others and this will have an impact on your idea of what furniture to use. If you have a shady garden which means your conservatory is not as light as it could be, then opt for light pieces of furniture which will brighten the space up and make it a more inviting place to chill out. If your conservatory is south facing in a very open garden and gets lots of sunlight, then you may want to consider installing some shades or blinds, which will help to make it more usable in the summer months.
Add a dash of natural appeal
Part of the appeal of a conservatory is the manner in which it brings the outdoors into your home. You can accentuate this by using lots of natural materials in your conservatory, a few ideas include:
- Wooden furniture – this classic option will last a long time and add a rustic charm to the overall appearance of your conservatory.
- Rattan furniture – is a must have for many conservatories and a very traditional choice; it is not only durable but also stylish.
- Use the right colours – such as tan, cream and muted hues of green and blue for a nature inspired colour scheme.
- Themes – if you want to go all out on the nature front then you can theme your conservatory with nature motifs, such as leaves, flowers and even animals.
- Indoor plants - are a great way of incorporating outside elements and many varieties will thrive on the warmth and abundance of sunshine available.
Fabric ideas for conservatory furniture
If you opt to go for fabric furnishings then you will need to think closely about what type of fabrics to use. Many people swap and change this depending on the season, as you are likely to want more heavyweight fabric in the winter months to keep your conservatory snug. A good way to do this is to add a thick rug between furniture, which will add warmth – remember to use a doormat in any doorways to trap dirt or moisture.
Consistency is key
In order to have a sense of flow around your home, your conservatory and the furniture in it will need to blend in with the rest of your house. Because of the nature of conservatories, in that they are often an add-on, they don’t always follow the same design as your actual house. However, through clever interior design planning you can incorporate your conservatory into the rest of your home and make it a space that your household will not only use, but flock to! A few ideas and tips for consistency include:
- Using a similar colour scheme to the rest of your house, this will ensure your conservatory does not seem disjointed.
- Opt for similar furniture styles, especially in adjoining areas.
- By extending a few themes from your existing home, the conservatory will still be a separate area, but it won’t seem disjointed or out of place.
How much does conservatory furniture cost?
It really depends on the type and quality of furniture you choose, but you can pick up a basic wicker and wooden set including two seat sofa and an arm chair for around £200. If you’re looking to save money, look in your local papers for second hand furniture, or online for deals and sales.