From Contemporary to Shabby Chic: Choosing a Beautiful ConservatoryPublished on 25th January 2016
When it comes to interior design we all know what we like, there may be trends and fads, but each of us has an underlying taste which will be present throughout our homes. Conservatories should be no different, gone are the days of mass produced, white UPVC additions, now your conservatory can reflect your taste and style just as much as the rest of your home does.
Regardless of your style there is a beautiful, bespoke conservatory that will suit your tastes, your home and your needs. Whether you’re looking for a conservatory which blends beautifully with the exterior of you home, a modern extension that makes an amazing visual impact or a shabby chic addition, it’s simply a case of finding the right one for you.
Conservatories come in all manner of shapes and sizes, from traditional Victorian or Edwardian shapes, with three sides that attach to the house to look like a large bay window, to lean-to conservatories and double storey glass extensions. Choosing the right option for your home will depend on how you want to use the room, the space you have available to build, planning permission and of course budget.
Lean-to conservatories are becoming a popular choice as a cost effective and modern option. Their structures are made entirely from glass and mimic the shape of a traditional lean-to. They particularly suit those looking for a conservatory to use in the traditional way, i.e. as a garden room and greenhouse.
Undoubtedly, all glass conservatories look the most modern. However, with some careful planning and design they can still look contemporary to older houses. As a general rule, structures which mix materials, tend to look more traditional and are easier to ‘blend’ into the ambiance of a house if needs must.
Of course there is nothing to stop you from combining styles and creating a totally unique, bespoke conservatory to suit your needs and tastes! For example, creating a modern, wrap around lean-to is a great way to use corner space which is otherwise often wasted.
Many people who would prefer not to have a traditional design, choose an orangery. Once a sign of wealth, an orangery has a simple style with symmetrical windows, and is built with brick or stone with glass. They are often used as a kitchen extension and they have come down in price dramatically.