Conservatory furniture can be a tricky field, with the main question being: traditional or modern? The conservatory is a wonderful space where you can go to get some much needed peace and quiet – and the furniture should reflect this. It is a unique room, different to any other in the house, so it needs lots of care and attention when it comes to its interior design.
However choosing the right furniture for your conservatory isn’t as simple as choosing a bed for your bedroom or the perfect coffee table. There are other elements to consider, such as how it will hold up against the sunshine and if it complements the garden furniture. Some people choose to have outdoor furniture in their conservatory, which is a great way to make a statement about bringing the outside in. Here are some tips to think about:
Make it lightweight
We tend to move our furniture about in the conservatory more often than in the rest of the house. You could feel the need to move your reading chair if the glare of the sun is too bright, or move the furniture into the garden when it is hot outside. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to choose lightweight furniture which can be moved easily. Rattan and wicker are a good choice.
Match the garden and adjoining room
While the conservatory is a space in itself, you want it to complement both the adjoining indoor room and the garden. If you have light coloured furniture in the adjacent room then try and carry this on, or make use of the colours in your garden in the décor of the conservatory.
Is it durable enough?
The conservatory can be a difficult environment for furniture – it can get cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Everything in the conservatory also has to withstand strong sunlight, which is why regular furniture doesn’t usually fit the bill and fades fast. Take a look at different materials and specialised conservatory furniture which should last longer. You can also invest in conservatory blinds which will help stop the UV rays hitting your furnishings.
Make it comfortable
Perhaps the most important feature of the furniture is that it should be comfortable to sit on! You want the conservatory to be inviting, so people choose to sit there rather than in the lounge or dining room. If there’s a cosy, comfy seat then the whole family will be fighting over it!