Conservatory design ideas, inspiration & pictures

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What makes the perfect conservatory & greenhouse?

Adding a conservatory or greenhouse to your home can be a huge investment so getting it right is important. Whether you are hoping to have a great place to relax or a functional family room, there are many great options. However, if you don’t spend enough time and money on your conservatory then you may find that you decrease the value of your home! There are so many ideas for conservatories, whether you are hoping for a perfect sun room or something that easily flows from the rest of your home, many ideas can be found in stores specifically aimed at conservatory building. You may also draw inspiration from other people’s homes. The easiest place to find ideas is often online as you can do this from your own home. With homify you are able to browse hundreds of pictures of many conservatory styles, whether your preferred choice is minimalist, modern or Scandinavian.

With homify you also have the option of contacting people in the industry who can help you figure out what is best for you. Whether they are furniture designers, architects or builders, you are able to view many profiles to help find someone who is perfect for your needs. Having a clear idea of what you would like is often the best way to proceed so remember to do your homework in advance!

How do I design my conservatory or greenhouse?

In order to design a conservatory or greenhouse, it may be worth hiring an architect or consulting a professional first so that you know you are getting the best quality and design. If you know exactly what you would like then the process should be a lot easier. This means checking out professionals and designs online. Conservatory design may be a lot of work as you need to take into account the materials that you want to use, how many bricks you want to incorporate and the shape and size of the room. Before you begin any planning it is definitely worth checking out whether you need planning permission and navigating this process. Knowing the measurements of your garden and the best place to put your conservatory first is also a good idea. DIY conservatory building is sometimes a popular choice but if you don’t know the requirements of the local council then it can also be a risky one. It would be an awful waste of time and money to build your own conservatory only for the council to demand that it is taken down, so make sure you are aware of the requirements before you begin!

What does a conservatory cost?

There are many variables you need to consider when trying to work out the cost of a conservatory. For example, the type of materials you decide to use will often drastically change the price of your conservatory. Do you prefer bricks or glass? Would you like the roof to be clear or have a pattern? And how big would you like the room to be? Another factor to consider is how much of the project you can do yourself and whether you need an architect and a home builder in order to make sure that everything is safe and stable. If you decide to do the work yourself then you will need to spend more time and effort in making sure that you do not make any amateur mistakes, so hiring professionals may actually save you time and money in the long run. Conservatory costs can be expensive, especially when you also consider the fact that you will need to decorate the room too. Choosing the right flooring, wall covering and conservatory furniture all need to be taken into account. Having a cheap-looking conservatory may mean that you are not interested in spending as much time in there. However, if you invest in a room, perhaps a garden room or a more substantial conservatory, then you may be able to enjoy much more of the year in there!

What do I need to consider when building a conservatory or greenhouse?

Before you begin building your conservatory or greenhouse there are many important steps to take into consideration. It is worthwhile to check whether or not you will need planning permission for your conservatory. Many structures do not, however, if you are unsure then there are many places online and also many people who can help you with this process. Conservatory lighting is often something worth taking into account. As the room has a lot of natural light many people neglect the importance of good evening lighting, encouraging you to spend more time there after dark! Having a decent heating system in the room is also extremely important as if your conservatory is cold during the winter months, then that is a lot of time in which you won’t bother being in there! You may also consider the option of having a small porch or patio off your conservatory. This is a beneficial idea during summer as it may mean you spend more time with friends in and around this room. There are hundreds of conservatory ideas on homify—just keep an eye out for exactly what it is you like the most!

Tips for furnishing small conservatories and greenhouses

Although small conservatories & greenhouses may often look cramped if you include too much furniture, there are many things you can do to make the room feel bigger. For example, measuring the space before you buy any furniture is essential. Knowing that everything will fit before you begin is helpful. If you are really lost then you may consider hiring an interior architect or designer to help you. Simple things such as including more mirrors in your room, having smaller or fewer furniture pieces and not cluttering up the room with accessories all work in keeping a smaller space looking good.

What to watch out for when buying conservatory furniture?

Buying conservatory furniture can be a difficult job if you don’t have a theme already in mind. You should also watch out for the size of a room as overcrowding a room is not a great way to make you want to spend time there! There are hundreds of great pieces that can really emphasise a room. You may consider hiring a designer to create a perfect look. They will consult with you and find out exactly what it is that you would like from your room. If you lack creativity or time then this can be a brilliant way to make sure you have a great place to stay! Knowing exactly what it is that you would like from your conservatory is the best place to start when deciding what it is that you should buy. For example, do you intend on using the room as an extension of the dining room? Would a table suit you best? Or is the room to be used as a place to relax and enjoy the sun? Depending on your answers to these questions, it is worth looking into all options.

More styles for a conservatory 

If you have one continuous style running through your home then it is a great idea to have your conservatory following this theme too! Whether you have a garden room or a classic conservatory, there are many great conservatory ideas around for you. Remember you can easily make an Ideabook with homify and save the pictures which you like the most. With this function you are also able to add text so that you can remember exactly what it was that you liked most about the picture.


Modern style conservatories & greenhouses

The modern theme is very popular amongst home-owners. It is an easy style to recreate and if you have the right base colours then changing accessories to keep up-to-date with the trends is easily done. Modern conservatories can create a brilliant atmosphere to spend time in as they make use of relaxing components, from comfortable armchairs to soft lighting. However, if you truly want a modern conservatory then it is worth trying to keep up with trends, which may be expensive if you intend on frequently changing your furniture.

Eclectic style conservatories & greenhouses

Having the right conservatory design is extremely important for if you intend on actually spending time in the room! There are many brilliant DIY conservatory ideas around and the eclectic style is often the best to play around with as adding personality to a room means it doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect. Having different colours, mismatching furniture and interesting lighting is a great way to create an eclectic feel in your home. This style is often the best option for families with small children as using colour in a room is a better way to make sure that any pristine white sofas don’t get ruined!

Classic style conservatories & greenhouses

The use of impressive windows, bright open spaces and cream colours creates a very classic atmosphere. This means that a classic conservatory is one that is not too hard to create. Using beautiful pieces of furniture, such as antique or vintage sofas, you can make your room perfect for spending long amounts of time relaxing! This style really works well in a conservatory as it creates a chic and homely feel.

Rustic style conservatories & greenhouses

The use of wooden beams is a great way to create a rustic style conservatory. Another option is including a wood burner to add a more homely and cosy atmosphere. Patterned chairs and wooden tables also work extremely well. If you have a rustic theme running through your house then the juxtaposition of a room which is predominantly windows may also add an interesting feature for when you come to sell.