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How to Decorate the Sun Room / Conservatory

Whether you already have a conservatory or dream of making a sun-filled room that invites in ideal views of the outdoors through large windows, bear in mind the decor has to match the purpose. The décor should be not only appealing to the eye but functional as well.

Like any other room in the house, the sunroom/conservatory has to have appropriate furniture. You can always give it a feel of indoor comfort and outdoor ambience. if you add wicker furniture and rattan pieces. If it is used as the space to work, study or relax and read the book, again, the furniture has to serve the purpose. Sunrooms make great reading rooms thanks to natural light and you might convert them into cosy nooks with bookcases, comfortable sofas and warm dark wood. If the conservatory will be used to entertain the guests when English summer weather fails to deliver, the luxurious tone might be the best option. On the other hand, this space may become the heart of your home where the family gather, eat and spend time together. For that purpose, a breakfast bar and an informal lounge area are nice to have.

One of the most important things to do when you decide to decorate your conservatory is to declutter. Clutter takes up space and might make you feel claustrophobic and anxious. Plus, a room with clutter is unattractive no matter how beautiful the décor is.

Plants bring freshness and comfort. Indoor plants give a healthy look to any space. However, you have to choose plants for your sunroom carefully. Some plants need a lot of light, and it is necessary to keep the heat and humidity inside the sunroom right. This might be challenging in winter months when the temperature drastically drops and there is no much sunlight. The most important is to recreate the natural conditions these plants need. Plants that are the best option for your sunroom are hibiscus, Boston ferns, begonias, African violets, the passion flowers. Hanging plants such as spider plants are a great choice since they are low maintenance, and therefore, the easiest to grow indoors. There are many other options to choose and as long as you do your research on the ones you like the best, you will have a beautiful and thriving oasis.

Lighter natural décor is perfect for conservatories/sunrooms. Sunrooms get plenty of light and light wood tones and bamboo furniture are a good choice. What house owners should take into account when considering sunroom furniture is the effect of sunlight. Wood and fabrics can bleach and fade if they are constantly exposed to ultraviolet light. Therefore, it is important to opt for windows that have a low-emissivity coating, which blocks out most of the damaging UV rays. The heating system should be also taken into consideration when you are choosing furniture. If the sunroom is heated all year long, indoor furniture is fine. However, if the sunroom is not heated during the whole year, you will need more hardwearing and weatherproof furniture.

Flooring is another thing that needs attention. Six flooring options work best in sunrooms: carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile, luxury vinyl tile (LVT), and concrete. Brick floors are also a good option. Just like wooden floors, they have a certain unique charm. They have a sense of permanence. This timeless beauty makes them unique. Brick floors can be both elegant and rough, depending on the design you wish to create. Stone also has the benefit of being able to connect the indoor world with that of the outdoors, creating a harmony between the two. Stone is durable and stain-resistant making it a practical choice, as family members and guests naturally head toward this area of light ambience. No matter what you decide, the most important thing is to keep your sunroom comfortable, dry, and protected. It is recommended the sunroom flooring to match with the adjoining room flooring, but you have to think about its functionality as well. In the end, you are choosing the option that fits your needs and your budget best.

During the colder weather, your sunroom might need thicker rugs and carpet pads. Hardwood or tile floors might be very cold in winter, but adding a rug will keep the heat in your room and protect your feet from hard, cold surfaces. Thermal-insulated draperies over your sunroom windows are a great solution. This will help create an additional barrier between your glass panes and the outdoors and can give you added privacy.

Window dressing for a sunroom should be both functional and decorative. Sheer curtains will blend with almost any style. A pale shade of yellow, apricot or rose will allow warm, soft, diffused light to enter the room when closed. For a cooler, soothing light, it is recommended to use light green, lavender or blue. A layered window treatment gives you more control for blocking out light, heat or cold when needed. A layered treatment also gives the window depth. A blind or shade can be installed inside the window frame, where it becomes hardly noticeable when raised.

The latest trends are raw materials and brick walls which can create a rustic contrast in the modern home. They also add depth to a narrow space and warmth to a cold monochromatic colour palette. Black or dark grey frame gives an elegant look to the sunroom. A big conservatory can also be transformed into a chic, stylish orangery.

The main goal of the sunroom is having a transitional space between the home and the garden which might have a multitude of purposes. Plants allow sunrooms to generate additional humidity, which in arid climates is especially beneficial. Sometimes the mood calls for a lazy day indoors, curled up with a good book and a large cup of coffee. And there is no better place to do that than in a room filled with sunshine and comfy furniture. Does it sound appealing? Well, what are you waiting for? Soak up that sunlight and some stunning décor too.

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