I don’t know about you but I have definitely noticed a change in the weather over the last week or so, mornings have a noticeable crisp air, nights are getting shorter and next month we will be turning the clocks back. Although the cold and wet weather can be a negative when it comes to this time of year, there are a lot of reasons to embrace and enjoy the colder months. Cosy evenings on the sofa with the fire on, hot chocolate, cosy socks and flickering candles lighting up rooms, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to winter.
If you’re lucky enough to have a conservatory you have the ability to enjoy the outdoors all year round and that’s a lovely thing. You can create a cosy conservatory where you can relax indoors but still enjoy your garden and the wildlife that comes to visit. Creating a cosy conservatory isn’t difficult and simply changing or adding a few things can help change the look and feel of the room making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy the winter months. Here are a few things you should consider when creating a cosy conservatory.
Curtains or blinds?
Having some form of blind or curtain is paramount for a conservatory, it will help keep the sun out during the warmer months and the heat in during the colder months. Whether you choose blinds or curtains is really down to personal preference although there are a few pros and cons to each. Curtains don’t cost the earth but they are more likely to become dirty or damaged being closer to the floor, on the plus side they will help keep out the cold and retain the heat in your room creating a lovely cosy environment. Blinds are more costly but they can be fitted on every window including the roof which will help during both the summer and winter months to block out the sun keeping the room cool in the warmer months and keep the heat in during the colder months.
There are a few options when it comes to conservatory flooring, you will want to ensure it’s hardwearing and easy to keep clean this could include stone, laminate or tiles. Unfortunately, although carpeting would create a warm room it would get dirty quickly and isn’t ideal flooring for a conservatory. If you have stone, laminate or tiles it can feel quite cold underfoot but you can combat this by having underfloor heating installed, this is costly so might not be an option but another alternative is to lay a large rug in the room then you can have the best of both worlds.
There’s so much choice when it comes to conservatory furniture which is great if you like a lot of choices. It can be expensive but it’s important to buy quality items because they will be exposed to more temperature variations and sunlight than furniture in other rooms. If you’re looking for style and comfort you could consider a corner sofa which is perfect for relaxing on during those cold winter evenings.
When it comes to furniture there are a few key items you should consider having in your room such as a coffee table, TV stand and sideboard, they will help create a lovely room which is cosy but not overcrowded. Trade Furniture’s mango furniture range has a lovely choice of light and dark wood items which would be perfect for a conservatory.
Accessories are great for adding colour, style and creating the right ambience. You don’t have to overdo it and a few well-placed accessories can really add to the feel of the room, think a vase with fresh flowers from the garden, some comfortable cushions, a few cosy blankets for those chilly evenings and a couple of candles.
I hope the above has been useful and has given you a few ideas on how to create a cosy conservatory this winter. If you’re looking for more winter themed tips then why not take a look at my tips for preparing your home for winter.
Do you have a conservatory? Is it a room you enjoy using during the winter months?
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