Lots of people have conservatories these days and they have become more and more important in the busy lives we all lead as a haven of peace and quiet, away from the TV and the rest of the world. Plants help to create a peaceful environment and with conservatory furniture much more comfortable than the rickety old wicker that used to be the order of the day, you can really drift away in a very understated and relaxing place of your own.
To keep this peaceful ambience, there should be subtle colours in this space, not screaming reds or yellows. Although a touch of colour is often used to bring a room to life, a conservatory already has all the colour it needs, from the plants growing there and also the colours of the great outdoors, seen through the glass. Soft creams and beiges look fabulous teamed with the fresh greens of the plants and pale terracotta is a wonderful foil for wood and rattan.
A popular choice for flooring in conservatories is tile or slate and whilst this is easy to keep clean and looks good with just a quick whizz over with a mop, it can be a little cold to the feet. When you are relaxing it is much nicer to have somewhere soft to snuggle your toes and soft pile rugs in a subtle sage green or pale earth colour will blend well with natural flooring but be much more cosy. If your conservatory or orangery is based on a Victorian or Edwardian design, a classic rug in a ‘washed out’ colour would look just the ticket, echoing the arches and embellishments of building. These rugs just get better with age but even when brand new give an air of sophistication and understated elegance which will really enhance the vintage look of your conservatory.
Subtle colours don’t have to be pale – a deep coffee teamed with a rich cream gives any setting a look of luxury which would really enhance a conservatory. With space at a minimum in many homes, it makes sense to really use the conservatory as a place to take guests, chill out or to relax, but even if you use it just in the spring and autumn to try and wring a few more warm days out of a year, subtle colours will make it a soothing and calming haven.