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Conservatory Decorating Ideas

Updated November 21, 2016

Decorating a conservatory is a wonderful opportunity to showcase and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, without leaving the comfort of your home. Live plants thrive in the abundant natural light provided by the many windows. Furniture that is at home both indoors and outdoors, natural materials, and bright and inviting colour schemes work together to create an atmosphere of casual relaxation.

Light and Window Treatments

Conservatories generally contain many large picture windows or are made almost entirely of glass. Allow the natural light to shine through by using sheer or lightweight fabrics for any window treatments. Install roll-up blinds or roman shades as well. They are necessary to control the overheating that can occur on sunny days.

A Natural Touch

Bring the elements of nature into your room. Furnish your space with natural materials. Wooden and rattan furniture are both ideal for durability and style. Choose from nature-inspired colour palettes containing greens, blues, creams, tans and browns. Use nature-inspired decorative motifs as well, such as leaves, flowers and animals. If you have a green fingers, add indoor plants and flowers that do well in indirect sunlight. These are the decorative elements that highlight the beauties of nature and make a conservatory a showplace.

Using Fabrics

Fabrics that make your space comfortable and inviting in summer months may need changing in the cooler months. If you plan to use the room in the winter, replace the lightweight window treatments with curtains made from heavy upholstery fabrics to better insulate against the cold of the glass surfaces. Add a thick rug to decorate your space and add warmth. If your conservatory has an access door to the outside, choose a rug that is easy to clean and durable. Keep a doormat inside and outside of the door to trap any dirt or moisture.

Staying Consistent

Keep your conservatory design consistent with the decor of your home. Conservatories are often added to homes, so they don't always follow the same architectural design of the rest of the house. To keep the room from seeming too disjointed from the rest of the home, keep one of the design elements consistent. Use a similar colour scheme, furniture style or fabric choice as is found in an adjoining area. Incorporating a common element allows the room to stand apart from the other spaces in your home without seeming out of place.

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About the Author

Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various digital properties, including USAToday.com. Hollis earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Florida.