6 styling tips that will instantly elevate your garden room into a hotel-style conservatory

Our expert stylist reveals her room recipe for a hotel-style conservatory

Green blinds in conservatory with wicker chairs
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Say the word conservatory and you could be forgiven for conjuring images of undesirable structures that saw no place in a modern home and certainly weren’t places you’d want to spend time in. Today, however, these garden rooms are more likely to be beautiful builds that are highly atmospheric, helping to blur the lines between inside and out. Even when the weather isn’t playing ball, you can feel as though you’re experiencing the outdoors – and add in some considered conservatory design ideas and décor and your conservatory can be just as stylish (or more so!) as the rest of your home.

Hotels, especially those that are boutique or five-star, are renowned for having glorious garden rooms from which to enjoy their grounds, and it’s this sense of grandeur and comfort that we’re going to show you how to create. 

More than just another living room or dining space, seize the opportunity to furnish your conservatory with luxurious furnishings and you’ll have your own hotel-style room with a view…

1. Upscale furniture

Conservatory with pendant light and wicker furniture

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Your conservatory may not be the size of a hotel’s, but that doesn’t mean to say you can’t have the same look, with stylish furniture that gives your garden room flair. 

Wicker, woven cane and rattan garden furniture are all good, durable choices, which work well under the sun’s hot glare in summer and all year round. Look for chairs that come with cushions as you’ll want something comfortable if you’re to enjoy your space for a few hours at a time. 

2. Window treatments

Green blinds in conservatory with wicker chairs

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Renowned for being hot in the summer and cold in the winter, conservatories can suffer from the glare of direct sunlight in summer and draughts in colder months, which is why a good conservatory blind ideas are so important. Opt for blinds designed to reduce heat loss, and minimise light when you want it, and that come with electric and smart options so you can adjust them at the touch of a button. 

3. Durable flooring

Grey sofa in conservatory

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As with any room, your conservatory deserves to have a floor that’s attractive and comfortable underfoot, but it will also need to be resistant to temperature changes, direct sunlight and moisture. Laminate, vinyl and engineered wood are all resilient conservatory flooring options, while having a large rug underfoot can help to cosy up your large glassed room. 

4. Efficient lighting

Blue conservatory with yellow lamp

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Having a room with so much glazing means there are limitations to where you place lighting, however, if you want your space to be usable once the sun goes down it’s an important factor. 

Make use of a pitched roof by hanging a chandelier or pendant light so it’s high enough to not be in the way, and supplement your lighting with floor and table lamps. If you have an orangery or sunroom with a solid wall, then wall lights can also help diffuse light throughout the space. 

5. House plants

Conservatory with houseplants

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Turn your conservatory into a lush leafy retreat with lots of plants to blur the lines between indoors and out. You’ll need to make sure plants are tough, as temperatures in conservatories can vary from day to night, and they look best when grouped together for interest.  Go for contrasting leaf shapes and sizes, with a few oversized tropical-look plants such as palms. 

6. Soft furnishings

Green conservatory with sofa

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To truly give your conservatory a big dose of hotel style, you need plush soft furnishings to bring it to life. From textured rugs and chunky throws to cushions in different materials, colours and patterns, create a considered room design that’s inviting and helps soften the scheme, making it a joy to spend time in and enjoy the views outside. 

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Now sit back and enjoy your luxurious conservatory in peace.

Laurie Davidson

Laurie Davidson is a professional stylist, writer and content creator, who lives and breathes interiors. Having worked for some of the UK’s leading interior magazines, styled homes up and down the country and produced sets for TV shows, adverts and top brands, it’s safe to say Laurie has had a pretty exciting career. Find her on Instagram at @lifeofaninteriorstylist or over at lauriedavidson.co.uk