Modern conservatory ideas to revamp your sun room
Give a tired sun room a new lease of life with DIY updates and replacement flooring, furniture or glazing to make it a relaxing space to be in, all year round
If you’re lucky enough to have a sunroom or conservatory, this extra living space can be used for all sorts of activities. Whether relaxing with a good book, taking up a new hobby or using it for home working, this area can be a valuable asset to your home.
However, if yours is looking a bit timeworn and outdated, there are plenty of ways to spruce it up and breathe new purpose into the space. Go all-out with new windows, roof and a door, or revamp your conservatory furniture and flooring to make the most of a sun-drenched room.
Thinking about adding a conservatory? Read our guide on how to choose the right conservatory for your home here first!
Modern conservatory ideas
Swap out a cracked, damaged or draughty floor and update the look of the space with new flooring. Consider the room’s aspect and how warm the room is before you choose your material. For instance, a cool, north-facing room would benefit from durable carpeting or a well-insulated underlay to add warmth.
If it’s south-facing with plenty of sunlight, choose natural stone or porcelain tiles – a practical solution to clean up muddy footprints if there’s access to the garden. For a more budget-friendly option, consider wood- or stone effect LVT for the same look at a reduced price.
While replacing the flooring should be an easy job for experienced DIYers, if the room is awkwardly shaped, it’s best to have it professionally fitted. Check for signs of rising damp to see if you need to include a damp-proof course.
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Boost the room’s energy efficiency while getting the temperature just right so the space is cool in the summer months and warm in winter. Seal any draughty windows with draught-excluder tape to reduce the incoming chill. If your roof is made from glass or perspex, it will be the main cause of these temperature fluctuations.
Control the heat of the sun’s glare with solar-control film from Purlfrost. These large stickers help retain a sunny, light feel in the space while providing a comfortable temperature.
You can also add a radiator for winter, too – horizontal or plinth designs can be installed underneath windows – and, for summer, make sure there’s a fan or ceiling fan as well as window and roof blinds to reduce the sun’s effect.
Take a good look at the windows, roof and door and check that they’re in good condition. Window frames should be watertight to prevent any leaks and stop heat from escaping. Improve the room’s thermal insulation with double or triple glazing. The roof should also keep the heat in, and if it provides ventilation on warmer days, even better.
Consider solar-controlled skylights to open it up, or self-cleaning glass if yours is prone to birds flying overhead! Other options include a solid roof to block the harsh rays of the sun, a polycarbonate roof to infuse the room with natural light or solar-powered roof panels. Replace the door with a bi-fold or sliding door for easy access to the garden and a seamless transition between indoors and out.
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As this room has lots of glazing, it’s important to choose the right window dressings for the job – and this includes the roof and door, too. Choose a specialist in conservatory blinds who will ensure that the blinds are made to measure with no gaps to let draughts in.
Ideally, you want blinds that help insulate in winter while preventing heat absorption in the summer. Pleated, vertical and Venetian blinds are all great at letting you choose the amount of sunlight and heat that you let into the room.
Try to avoid roller or Roman blinds, as these are more likely to fade and discolour in the sunlight. Remember to tuck the blinds’ trailing cords away to prevent any accidents occurring with young children or pets.
While the sun provides the main light source for much of the day, don’t forget the rest of the lighting to illuminate the room during the darker hours. Add boho vibes with a rattan shade, complete a cottagecore scheme with a frilly floral design, or go modern with a chic pendant, then add pockets of light with floor or table lamps, too.
These will distribute a gentle glow throughout the room and are ideal for curling up with a good book after dark or on grey winter mornings. Adjust the level of brightness with dimmer switches or have even greater control with smart lighting that can be controlled from an app on your smartphone or tablet for even easier operation.
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Conservatory furniture ideas
To make the most of this versatile space, choose furniture that can be used indoors and out. This is ideal if you have bi-fold or sliding doors, as you can quickly open the space up on a hot day and take the table and chairs outside to enjoy an al fresco meal or relax with family and friends.
You don’t need to select ‘conservatory’ furniture either. Look for pieces made with weather-resistant materials if you want the option of leaving the furniture outside or something cosy, with more of a living room feel, if you want sumptuous comfort but are prepared to always bring them back inside.
Keep a basket of blankets nearby to wrap up against summer evening chills too.
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