>> Apr 4, 2013
The conservatory represents a unique home decor challenge, because it doesn’t have any walls. At best, it may have a brick dwarf wall, on which its side panes are mounted – but most of it is glass, designed to let the outside in.
This is the first clue as to good conservatory decoration, of course – or rather, as there are as many good decorative schemes as there are personalities, it’s the key to getting your head around decorating somewhere made essentially of windows. The outside view is the decor: so you start outside and work your way in.
There are two questions a person may wish to ask, when decorating conservatories UK. The first is “what is the conservatory used for?” and the second, “how much is too much?”.
Let’s look at those questions in order.
A conservatory was traditionally used for growing plants that would normally die in the British weather – that’s why it is called a conservatory, because it conserves things. These days, it is commonly used as an extension of the lounge; as a dining area; as a library; a games room; even as a kitchen. So asking what you are doing in it is a completely viable way to start thinking about its decor.
Ultimately the only really decorative hard elements of the conservatory are its frame and its floor. Specifying the right frame for the house the conservatory sticks off is a good start, then, to keeping it in the right style. And looking at the tiling on the floor, or maybe even introducing a raised wooden floor to keep a bare floorboard theme gong from the rest of the house, gives the “window room” its essential character.
Its purpose completes that character. In a lounge conservatory, it might be expected that you will install sofas and chairs, perhaps a coffee table too. So the question then is whether you will extend the decorative theme of the internal lunge, perhaps by having the same design of sofa but in mirrored colours; or whether you wish to create a whole separate feel for the conservatory. Perhaps a more rustic feel, or a place where you display the curios and artifacts brought back from your travels around the world.
All of this leads us nicely towards the second of our questions – how much is too much? When decorating a room for which the primary attraction is that the occupant gets to look out at a panoramic view of the world, bringing in a large quantity of clutter rather destabilises the point. Good conservatory design from a decorative point of view may use the visual cues outside the window as the major decorative theme, and introduce simple echoes of the plants and the shapes internally.
A key decorative element in a conservatory is organic life. Plants, for instance, can be introduced internally to give the whole space an air of connection with the world beyond. The colours and forms naturally link together, so the room’s occupant becomes attuned to the nature he or she was presumably interested in in the first place, when he or she specific a conservatory for his or her home.
Pictures may be hung in a conservatory if the right frame exists – or more commonly, you might use the external wall of the home, which is now shrouded in glass, as a picture wall. Again, plant motifs will work well.
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