Conservatories are great for extra space and enjoying sunshine when it is windy and wet outside. If you have one and it is already showing its age, you shouldn’t spend your hard-earned money on getting a new one. There are several ways you can renovate and repurpose your sun room or orangery to serve your family for a few more decades and give you plenty of winter sunshine without having to go out in the cold. Below you will find a few tips on refurbishing your conservatory and giving it a brand new look.
Address Glazing Issues
The most important area you have to focus on is glazing and insulation. If your conservatory windows and doors are not double glazed, you will need to talk to a professional company to replace them. The good news is that you don’t have to knock down the entire structure: many companies offer made to measure glazing solutions, so you can replace your low-performing windows and doors. If you have broken glass, you need to contact a glass repairs and replacement service, so you can avoid leaks and condensation inside the room.
Filling the gaps is equally important. You will have to find the areas where seals are missing, so you can enjoy a protected environment all year round, and make the most out of your heating in the winter. If you don’t have underfloor insulation in the conservatory, you might find that the room gets really cold at night, and you cannot use it in the winter. By replacing the seals on your windows and filling the gaps, you can make your home more energy efficient, and keep more inside the conservatory and the house as well.
Install a Floor Insulation
Apart from the walls, you will also have to pay attention to the floor. Old conservatories often don’t have an underlay, and this means that the cold air cools down your space very quickly. If you are planning on installing a new floor, you need to add heat insulation. If you have a bit of money to spare, you could also install under floor heating instead of the conventional mobile heaters or radiators. You will see and feel the difference on cold spring or summer nights, and feel cosy in your revamped conservatory.
The best flooring solutions for conservatories combine easy to clean surfaces with soft rugs. You can get a real stone effect floor, or ceramic tiles in French style, if you regularly enter the house through the conservatory. Real wood or carpet are not recommended, as there is always a risk for condensation and mold, no matter how well you insulate the room. A nice laminate can also be a good solution, as it is easy to mop up if you happen to spill your red wine during a night in.
Add Solar Power
To improve the lighting in your room and the energy efficiency of the entire home, you can install some solar panels on the roof. It can power your lighting indoor and outside the conservatory, as well as your heating. This will make it cheaper and more efficient to utilize your room come rain or shine.
Rattan or Glass: Create an Airy Look
The key to furnishing your conservatory is to not to overdo it. You will not be able to get away with a large heavy brown leather couch; use something that matches the glass and the air design. If you like rattan garden furniture, get a set and add colorful cushions and throws, so you can feel comfortable and don’t get claustrophobic in the room. As for a table, using glass is a good idea, even if it is colorful or a stained glass design. Make your conservatory furniture easy to move, so you can get dancing next time you have an evening summer party.
High Tech Items You Need
You shouldn’t forget about in-house entertainment when designing your new conservatory. A Bluetooth speaker will not take up much space, and you can stream your music to it from anywhere. A telephone connection can be useful if you often spend the evenings there sipping your wine or catching up with office work. A WiFi booster is essential if you are inviting friends over, or teenagers will spend most of their time in the living room to catch the signal.
If French style soft furnishing and flowers have a place in any room of your home, it has to be the conservatory. Floral patterned rugs and curtains, blinds, and cushions will give you a romantic feel. If you have houseplants that like the sun, you can install a ladder plant shelf, to add some greenery. Plants in the conservatory are the best way to connect your indoor space with your garden.
French Windows and Doors
To make your conservatory easier to access from inside and outside, you might want to get some French windows installed. If you get some opening to the garden, you can turn your conservatory into a part of your patio, and have more guests staying in your home for a fun party in the summer. You can open up your home through the French windows to the garden, and host perfect garden parties without having to worry about the doors being slammed.
Add a Cuddle Corner
To enjoy your evenings better in the summer and the winter as well, you could get a loveseat or a corner sofa, so you can cuddle up with a bottle of wine. There is no better place to enjoy a quiet night in than your romantic conservatory that has the right lighting, temperature, and atmosphere.
Every winter you will need to work on restoring the shine of your conservatory. Use a steam cleaner to get rid of the residue inside and the bacteria, and mop the floor. Declutter your room before replacing the furniture and decorating. On the outside, you can use a jet cleaner, or a special conservatory cleaning spray to restore the color of the surfaces and the shine of the glass. You will have to air your conservatory out on the first sunny day of the spring, and make sure that you are looking out for spiders and other creepy crawlies that might have moved in during the winter to take advantage of the shelter.
For a finishing touch, you might want to add some stunning blinds. Remote controlled ones can help you adjust the light and create the right mood for all seasons. Instead of going for the plain cream vertical design, you can try something funky this year. Get a colorful bamboo blind, or a wooden one with adjustable shade settings. Alternatively, you could get a floral Roman blind made to measure that will add a romantic feel to your room and provide you with extra privacy and insulation.
Add Eclectic Style
When it comes to conservatories, you don’t have to go for the calculated look like in the home. You can make it look laid back and relaxed by mixing and matching styles. Older style benches go perfectly with modern blinds and cushions. You can visit the local used furniture shop for ideas on decorating your conservatory in an eclectic style. Mix shabby chic with modern and antique, and upcycle your tables, chairs, and shelves for the ultimate unique look.
Create a Bar
To make the most out of your summer parties in your conservatories, you can add a mini bar to your interior. If you are any good at DIY, you can design your own bar in one of the corners, or continue the style of your kitchen. Stock your favourite drinks and create a shelf with different color and shape glasses, so you can impress your dinner guests. A bar can serve you all summer long, and can be within an easy access to your BBQ table, so everyone can help themselves with a drink.
The key to feeling better in the summer indoors and outdoors, as well as somewhere in the middle is adding bright colours. You can add colour through soft furnishing, carpets, or paint your walls. If you don’t want to redecorate your walls every year, you might find a vinyl backed wallpaper that is easy to clean up. Add a feature wall if you have enough surface, or apply a stencil decoration with your favorite quote.
If you are looking forward to barbeque season, you will need to get ready for the parties you are planning during the summer, you have to get your conservatory ready. Spring clean the inside and outside, and look out for insulation problems that could cause leaks or condensation. Choose bright colors an easy to move furniture. If you are adventurous, you could install your own bar, so you can entertain your BBQ guests better in the summer. Get the shading right, and don’t be afraid of mixing different styles to make your garden room feel cosy and warm all through the season.