Interiors advice - Less is more when it comes to furnishing a garden room

PUBLISHED: 00:00 17 July 2014

Garden room designed by James Brindley

Garden room designed by James Brindley


Less is more when it comes to furnishing a garden room, says Justine Kirkham

Conservatories and garden rooms have a number of different uses. Some are used for dining or as a second living room, some as a study or playroom. But the way you decorate and furnish a conservatory is key to creating a harmonious space.

The conservatory is likely to be the route to the garden, so you will want a hard wearing floor that is easy to clean. A solid wood floor is ideal and adds a touch of the outdoors - dark coloured wood also helps to balance the generous light. Stone flooring offers a more luxurious, wow factor option.

There is usually just one wall that you can decorate in a glass summer room; a heavily-patterned wallpaper with a natural or botanical print will look fabulous. If you’re looking for something more subtle, paint the wall in a muted or sludgy colour and add interest with artwork.

Control overheating on sunny days with traditional style pleated, roman or venetian blinds or more modern roller or solar blinds. And for a natural look, hang voile curtains to diffuse the light, cut out glare and give a soothing ambience.

The fabrics which make your conservatory space comfortable and attractive in summer need to be changed in cooler months. Replace lightweight window treatments with curtains made from heavier upholstery fabrics. You can also add a thick rug to offer warmth underfoot.

The furniture you choose will depend on what you intend to use it for, but the basic rule is not to clutter. Go for less overpowering pieces and think carefully about the kind of materials they are made from. To bring elements of nature into the room, choose light and natural materials like Lloyd Loom, wicker or wood.

Add colour with cushions and throws, as well as some carefully placed potted plants and flowers for the perfect indoor-outdoor flow.

Justine Kirkham is head of interior design at James Brindley, Harrogate

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