Decorating Conservatories and Sun Rooms

Written by debra durkee
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    Decorating Conservatories and Sun Rooms

    Decorating a sun room or conservatory to highlight and complement the best features of the room can create a paradise at home. Those with a sun room can enjoy sunrises and sunsets any time of the year from the comfort and beauty of their home.

    The right decor can turn a sun room into a tranquil sanctuary. (stairs image by Madrider from

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    Many sun rooms and conservatories fall into two categories: those made with metal frames and those made with wood. Decorate to complement the fabric of the room's make-up. For wood rooms, go for wicker furniture and wood storage chests, and for metal rooms try a modern look of cushioned metal and glass or a Victorian-inspired theme of decorative ironwork.

    Wicker furniture and accessories can accent any wooden-framed sunroom. (silk and buttons image by robert mobley from

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    Both rooms should be inviting, so include warm, comforting decor items. Couches and sofas should be comfortable, and be sure to include a few armchairs and end tables, if there is space. If this is going to be a morning coffee room, consider including a drinks cart or sideboard with a coffee maker, cups and all the needed ingredients.

    Include all the luxuries needed to make every morning a relaxing one. (Coffee machine image by Nikolay Okhitin from

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    Unless the sun room or conservatory is brand new and well insulated, there are bound to be drafts in the colder months. Even if it is insulated, the room will lose heat. Consider curtains for some part of the room, at least in the winter months. Heavy drapes will help insulate the room and can be installed on the side of the room that gets the least sun.

    Leave the windows that get the most sun curtain-free, as the sun will help heat the room. (hanging curtain image by GeoM from

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    Some might think that sunroom decor needs to match a theme that runs throughout the rest of the home's interior. Because so much of the conservatory is visible from the outside, the look of the outside of the house can also be mimicked here. Lightly coloured siding on a modern home can be complemented by light-coloured furniture and dark carpeting, while a Gothic exterior can be accented by a conservatory with a stone floor and dark furniture.

    Complement this style with an English garden decor theme. (house image by kruszek from

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