Adding a conservatory to your home not only gives you an extra room – along with a healthy dose of natural light – but also means you can enjoy your garden all year round too. And, you don’t need a lot of space to add a practical conservatory as it can work in even the smallest of areas. For example, a simple glass structure with folding doors may be all you have room for. But it will add an extra element to your home, whether you are extending your kitchen or creating a study or dining room and, by putting a little thought into decoration and light, you can transform the space you do have to maximum effect.
Not only will going small help keep your conservatory budget down, it will also most likely come under ‘permitted development’ regulations so you will not need planning permission (as long as the conservatory is separated from the house by external quality walls, doors or windows). Check The Planning Portal for the most up-to-date regulations. There are plenty of designs and materials to choose from, from classic styles with timber frames to more modern looks with aluminium or uPVC structures.
A new space with an abundance of natural light can lend itself to so many different decorating schemes and trends. Most conservatories adjoin kitchens or sitting rooms where they will be the most use. So choosing smart hardwearing conservatory furniture that is less likely to bleach in the natural light is fundamental when thinking about your small conservatory decor. The same goes for flooring; choose materials that will stand up to heavy through traffic from your garden, such as stone, laminate or sisal floorcovering. Once you’ve taken these key points into account you can lift your setting with colour, pattern and themes to create the ideal small conservatory that is right for you. Take a look at these small conservatory ideas to transform your new space into a place that’s a joy to live in.
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Create a captivating place to escape to and enjoy the views. Limewashed furniture and a linen armchair and stool create an elegant coastal feel in this charming petite conservatory. Pastel cushions and blankets keep the nook cosy while an indoor bay tree adds a shot of natural colour. Be sure to add plenty of storm lanterns to give the room an intimate atmosphere at sunset.
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The mix of rustic materials and contemporary framework gives this small conservatory a distinctive modern country feel. Enhance the small space with a simple and coherent grey and white palette for a smart and sophisticated feel. Roman blinds and layered soft furnishings keep the look comfortable.
Make your small conservatory feel cosy and part of your home by including a homely wallpaper in your scheme. A pretty floral or botanical design will create a natural flow from your main living space into your conservatory and out to your garden. Complement the look with furniture and blinds made from natural materials.
Ornate furniture looks even more elegant in a light-filled room. Just a few pieces enhanced with shabby chic accessories, in garden-style metal materials, will turn your small conservatory in a serene and romantic French style. Balance the intricate furniture with a palette of off-white and neutrals to keep the small space light, fresh and airy.
Why not turn your small conservatory into a creative home office? Where better to spend your working hours than in a room filled with light and gorgeous garden views? This timeless look has brought elements of the outside in for added inspiration with a unique green vintage desk and a botanical blind to shade yourself and your computer screen from the sun.
Extend your kitchen with an additional, attractive dining area. The light conservatory will make a fabulous and practical social space, however so much glass can look cold. Therefore, choose wooden furniture in a rich tone to add warmth. Make the transition to the outside seamless with similar planters and foliage both inside and out.
Create an individual character and break up glassy sterility with a single pop of colour. This small conservatory has extended the main living space in the form of a modern lean-to structure. The single saturated purple wall makes a stunning focal point and backdrop to interesting artefacts and gives them a united feel. The stove below is a great additional to keep the area warm on chilly days.
Take the pressure off your living room by adding a second chill-out zone to your home. This small but airy conservatory makes a peaceful TV-free spot that is perfect to relax in. The exposed brick wall adds a natural style and depth while the hardwearing floor is pale and elegant to maximise the space. Choose a cosy yet lightweight corner sofa that can be easily moved out into the garden on warmer days for an alfresco change.
Capture the feeling of bringing the inside into a tiny space by utilising every inch. This small bay-shaped conservatory is given a classic and timeless look with unpainted oak frames. Then, a clever yet simple seating area has been constructed around the window frame creating a social space for chats with loved ones or a bit of alone time. The wooden seating is softened with custom-fitted velvet seat pads and scatter cushions in earthy colours, which echo the garden surroundings.