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
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
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
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
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
6/10 Garden room
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
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
9/10 Rustic kitchen-diner
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
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.
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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.
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