10 ways to use a conservatory

Looking for decorating ideas for conservatories or garden rooms? We've picked our favourite conservatories and garden room schemes and our favourite decorating ideas within them. Check out our photo gallery of inspirational ideas and how to get the look.

A conservatory is a brilliant addition to any home. Not only does it give you an extra room for entertaining, but it also serves as a transitional space when the seasons are changing.

Many a Spring and Autumn evening can be enjoyed in a classic conservatory room - and there are several different ways to use the space depending on your needs and wants.

Lots of people use their conservatory as an eating and lounging space, and indoor garden furniture such as wicker chairs make the perfect seating for this.

Whatever the plans for your conservatory, take a look at our ideas for making the most of this brilliant space...

1/10 Colourful dining room

dining table with flowers and glassware

(Image credit: Future PLC/Robert Sanderson)

Conservatories don't have to be conservative! Add a burst of colour with bold accessories and a flamboyant centrepiece set against a white backdrop.

2/10 Formal open-plan living room

living room with white sofa and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Helsby)

This open-plan living space, is bathed in natural light. Light-coloured furniture with dark accents work well in this scheme because overhead windows - as well as floor-to-ceiling windows - flood the scheme with light. Wooden flooring is warm underfoot, and has a natural look that is perfect for a garden room. Neutral walls and window frames keep the look simple and modern.

3/10 Relaxed country seating area

brick wall sitting area with wooden furniture

(Image credit: Future PLC/Robert Sanderson)

Hardwearing furniture, such as the rattan pieces, are key for that authentic feel that will last all year round. This dual-purpose conservatory provides a relaxing space for living and dining areas. The exposed brick walls give this design a rustic edge, while the grey-painted doors and upholstered furniture add prettier features.

4/10 Kitchen extension

kitchen area with wooden cabinets

(Image credit: Future PLC/Robert Sanderson)

This large kitchen-diner extension has dramatic angled windows and glass sliding doors, giving it a striking appearance - it's perfect for hosting large parties. Neutral tiles creates a interesting feature by the stove, that contrasts with the check floor for a quirky touch.

5/10 Utility room

utility room with black and white tiles

(Image credit: Future PLC/Robert Sanderson)

Get organised by turning an unused extension in to a handy utility room. Add flowers and accessories to keep the space pretty. The chequerboard flooring is durable and easy to clean.

6/10 Garden room

garden room with dining table and sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

This spacious conservatory, used mainly for informal dining and entertaining, features natural materials, including elegant rattan furniture and stone tile flooring. The windows are deliberately left undressed so that the room is at one with the outdoors.

7/10 Breakfast room

breakfast table with wooden furniture

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

Light pours into this conservatory breakfast room. The chairs have been upholstered in cream for a fresh look and are teamed with light-wood furniture to add depth. A soft faux-fur throw adds a cosy touch.

8/10 Family room

faml room with sofa and tv

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

A conservatory is an ideal space for the family to gather and unwind. A sofa, cushions and television create a relaxed atmosphere, while neutral fabrics keep the look light.

9/10 Rustic kitchen-diner

kitchen dining area with dining table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

A rustic feel is achieved in this conservatory dining area with rattan chairs and a painted dining table. A conservatory can be a versatile addition to any house - by day a light-filled, homely living space and by night a cosy place to curl up and relax.

10/10 French-style tea room

tea room with wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Colin Poole)

A bright and airy dining room has been created in this conservatory, with wooden touches adding warmth to the white scheme. French doors leading into the room complete this French-inspired, vintage tea room feel.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.