How to make your conservatory cosy?

Published on 14th May 2014

Many of us have rather fixed ideas, when it comes to conservatories. If we don’t have a conservatory of our own, our thoughts will turn to the ones we encountered in our childhood, should the topic ever arise, and cosy won’t be the first word that comes to mind.

At Apropos, we think it’s about time that we reversed the grave disservice that the 1980s did to all conservatory kind. So, forget about wicker and neglected cheese plants, push away that doubtful chintzy nostalgia, and cosy down with our guide to dressing your thoroughly modern conservatory.

  • Colour – Colour can change the mood of any room, and the conservatory is no exception. While the one brick wall is an obvious area for you to make your mark, it also pays to choose your frame wisely. Apropos offer 8 colours of polyester-powder-coating for our aluminium conservatory frames, from bright clean white, to striking black. Consider your intended interior design before making your choice.
  • Lighting – The way in which you illuminate your conservatory can have a big impact on ambience; overhead lighting has its place, but choose lamps for a cosier feel, with candles for relaxed or romantic evenings.
  • Furniture – From minimalist and modern to soft and snuggly, furniture can make a real style statement. Matched sets create a formal feel, while hodgepodge can make a room feel cluttered; try something in between, with throws to add interest and quirky cushions for comfort.
  • Window-dressing – There is a common view that conservatory windows are best left undressed. If you want a defined finish, you can of course leave your windows bare, but if you are looking for something subtler, there is no reason why you can’t install curtains or blinds. They soften the edges, bring colour and allow you to stamp your own personality on the space. Strategically placed Japanese screens afford a more original look. Or, if you want privacy but not the fabric, Apropos offer Switch Glass, which changes from clear to opaque at the touch of a button.
  • Plants – Although we may mock the dusty cheese plant brigade, large specimen plants can add a huge amount of personality to a conservatory. Foliage softens corners and sharp lines, flowers can bring a colour-splash, and while all plants help to clean the air, certain species such as the Peace Lily, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue and the Weeping Fig not only produce oxygen from CO2, but also absorb chemical nasties such as benzene and formaldehyde.

For a consultation with one of Apropos’ Design Experts please call: 0800 328 0033 or click here to order a copy of our latest brochure.

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