We all know that, as summer rolls around, the outside of our homes begin to play a much larger role. During these warmer months, conservatories, orangeries or rear extensions become the gateway between your garden and the rest of the house.
Because of the dual nature of a conservatory, they can often be difficult to style. You need a space that feels like an extension of both the home and garden, creating a natural flow between the two.
If you’re looking to decorate your conservatory in order to get the most out of it for summer, look no further. Here at I Want Wallpaper we’ve put together our top conservatory decor tips, along with conservatory wallpaper ideas that will transform your space.
Think about what you want the space for
First and foremost, consider what you want to use the space in your conservatory for. Many people will just throw some wicker furniture into a conservatory and be done with it, without really considering what will actually be best for them.
You can use the extra space your conservatory, orangery or rear extension provides for a whole range of purposes. Perhaps you want an extra dining space? A place to entertain in the summer? A cosy reading nook? Space for the kids to play? The room can be whatever you want it to be, so have a good think about function before you begin to furnish.
Emphasise your natural light
Lightness is key in a conservatory, with glass walls and ceiling panels already bringing in a fantastic amount of light. Your furniture and decor, therefore, should help emphasise this.
Keep your conservatory feeling light, bright and open by opting for furniture in light shades. Clean, simple, unfussy shades like white and cream provide the perfect base, making your room feel instantly larger. Then, if needed, you can inject fun pops of colour in the form of soft furnishings or accessories.
Bring the outside in
Your conservatory is the gateway to your outside space; the one area in your home where indoors and outdoors can blend together with ease. So, try where possible to maximize this effect and create an indoor/outdoor space that truly flows.
While bi-folding doors are the ultimate golden ticket to creating an open indoor/outdoor space, we understand this may not be possible in every home. If bi-folding doors aren’t an option for you, you can instead use plants, colour and decor to bring the outdoors to life in your home.
Conservatories and orangeries often offer fairly limited space, so wall plants or shelved potted plants are perfect for bringing life and colour without taking much-needed floor space. Or, take inspiration from the outdoors when it comes to furnishing. Leaf print cushions, throws, or tropically inspired wall art will bring an instant pop of colour and a fresh feel to your conservatory.
Can you wallpaper a conservatory?
When it comes to decorating a conservatory, one of the most common questions has to be “can you wallpaper a conservatory”. Simply put, the answer is yes – just make sure that your conservatory is well insulated, and not prone to damp.
Wallpaper is the ideal way to have fun with decor when you’re working with limited space. Whether you opt for a colourful floral wallpaper to bring a botanical feel or a realistic faux effect wallpaper for an industrial finish, there are a whole host of ways wallpaper can help create the conservatory of your dreams.
For a chic and sophisticated space, use the P&S International Patterned Leaf Trail Embossed Wallpaper. With pretty green leaves in a subtle pattern, this wallpaper will bring a simple touch of colour that matches perfectly with the outdoors.
For something a little more industrial, create a feature wall with a faux brick effect wallpaper such as the Arthouse Rustic Brick Pattern Painted Stone Wall Effect Wallpaper. This realistic brick effect will warm up your conservatory while bringing a natural yet ultra stylish finishing touch.