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Your ultimate guide to choosing (and styling) a conservatory |

Your ultimate guide to choosing (and styling) a conservatory

A conservatory is one of the most effective ways of extending your living space, from expanding your kitchen or incorporating a dining room to creating a home office or even a spare bedroom.

Whether you’re interested in an ultra modern construction or something more traditional, want maximum light or greater insulation through a solid wall surface, there are countless ways to create a truly customised garden room – and Everest is a source of endless inspiration. And that’s before you’ve even considered the interior design….


Create a cosy orangery

First introduced in Renaissance Italy, the orangery remains as popular today. Slightly more substantial than a glass conservatory, but still allowing plenty of light, it works just as well on a listed property as it does on a modern one. And, it can be furnished in the same way you might decorate a living room, creating a cosy space that can be flooded with light in the day or shut off to everything but the stars above at night.

Colour the walls

If you’re looking to maximise the light and don’t want curtains in your orangery, choose a favourite paint colour for the walls. It will add some interest to the design scheme and will soften the room more than just using a brilliant white.

Go for glass

A modern glass extension can be a brilliant way of extending the space in your home, creating a light-flooded dining room off a kitchen or a sunny chill-out area off a living room. Adding bi-fold doors will further open up the space for a beautiful indoor-outdoor room in the warmer months.

Keep it sleek and contemporary

A super sleek modern glass extension undoubtedly adds wow factor. Whether using it as a reading room, a dining room or an at-home office or yoga studio, keep the furnishings pared back and let the stylish structure do the talking.

Style it like an interior room

Solid and glazed roofing can be combined in any proportion you see fit. A more solid roof will make the room feel part of the rest of the house and provide better insulation in winter months, while greater use of glass creates a sense of a separate area: a stylish add-on. For the former, you can bring your interior style to the indoor/outdoor space, with plentiful soft-furnishings and accessories to create a comfortable, stylish room with the added benefit of it being open to the outdoors.

Choose a traditional style

A more traditional style conservatory is a beautiful addition to a period home and can even be customised to blend with the property’s original features, such as in the window design.

Consider flooring

The flooring will set the tone. Here, marbled stone floor references the outside, while a bright floor rug ensures it is a comfortable interiors space too.

Embrace an industrial look

Even the smallest extension can make a difference, and the entire structure can be customised to suit your needs and the interior decor of your house. We love an industrial look that makes a feature of the framework rather than trying to downplay it.

Change its use

While most conservatories become an extension of a kitchen/dining room or living room, they can also be designed as a light-filled home office or even a bedroom. Can you imagine anything more peaceful than waking up to a gorgeous view of the garden every morning?

Head to Everest to find out more and to book a free conservatory design consultation.

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