Conservatories are, for many people, their favourite room in the house. But not all of us are blessed with a large conservatory. Whether the size is constrained by the square footage of the available garden, the budget when building, or the fact that the house simply came with a small conservatory, you don’t need to feel cramped in these lovely sunlit escapes. Some simple design tweaks can help make your conservatory feel much roomier, and help you enjoy spending time there even more than you already do.
One of the easiest ways to “open up” your conservatory is by choosing an appropriate colour scheme. Lighter colours make spaces look larger. That’s especially true for walls. By offsetting light, bright walls with somewhat darker flooring can really draw one’s eyes to the space the conservatory offers, rather than the limits on it. Also, keep clear of contrasting borders on your walls. Contrasting baseboards or borders around the ceiling can create the impression of constricted space, which is not something you want to do.
Declutter your space
It’s true not only of conservatories, but also of other rooms: clutter is the ultimate space-killer! Keep in mind that clutter doesn’t just describe things that “don’t belong.” Your décor itself might be too cluttered. One well-chosen painting might be better than three or four, if you want to maximize the feeling of space. Well placed end tables or coffee tables are practical and can be attractive, but avoid having more pieces of occasional furniture than you really need.
For many, the essence of good design seems to be including all of the “right” accessories. However, knowing what to leave out can be just as influential in creating an elegant space.
Low maintenance, attractive flooring
Low maintenance flooring that you find appealing to the eye is another great way to open up space in your conservatory. Why? Because in addition to providing a pleasant contrast with your light coloured walls, having an easy to care for and attractive flooring option frees you from the need to use rugs. Rugs further divide space in your conservatory, visually, creating a segmented impression that makes it seem smaller than it is.
You can also choose patterned floors, so long as your walls are a contrasting light colour. Some patterns, like herringbone, create a visual illusion of more space by directing the eye inward, thereby pushing the walls “out” for a roomier feel.