Modern conservatory ideas

Minimalism is a design trait that is very much in keeping with a modern look. So, to begin with, you might consider the clean look of a lean-to conservatory for your chosen style and black or Anthracite Grey for the colour of your framing. However, it’s possible to create a whole host of bespoke designs to suit any style of home. A bespoke glazed extension is another idea that is currently on-trend. As you might have expected from the name, they contain a lot of glazing which gives them a modern look.

For the roof of your glazed extension/modern conservatory, you might consider a slimline lantern roof. They sit on top of flat-roofed structures, giving them a stylish focal point and allowing light to flow inside. Internally, they feature an internal pelmet ceiling. These ceilings can be fitted with internal spotlights to highlight specific areas and create a modern extension look.

However, lightweight tiled roofs can also be fitted with internal lighting. As they have hardwearing roof tiles for the exterior, you can match their external appearance to that of your existing home. Incorporating glazing panels into their design will also ensure you don’t stray too far from the glasshouse look.

Bifold doors and patio doors feature minimal framework combined with large amounts of glazing, so either of these will be in keeping with the minimalist design. Fully glazed conservatories are on-trend right now so full-length glazing panels sitting either side of your chosen doors are also worth considering.

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Conservatory furniture ideas

The important thing to bear in mind when choosing conservatory furniture is whether it suits the look you’re going for and serves a practical function. For example, for a kitchen/dining room, a large couch is likely to take up lots of space and receive little usage so the conservatory can probably do without one.

Although what you choose for your furniture will depend on how you use the space, conservatory blinds and curtains are worth considering for any conservatory. Either option allows you to change light and privacy levels until they’re comfortable for you. A log burner in the conservatory is also a beautiful way to create living room conservatories that feel warm and inviting.

Again, your chosen lighting will depend on how you use the room, although we’ve created a handy guide that you can use to help you with this.

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Conservatory doors

If you want your conservatory to be exempt from Building Regulations, it must be separated from your main property by external quality, walls, windows or doors. In this scenario, the likelihood is that you’ll have a set of doors leading from the main property to the conservatory and another from the conservatory to the outside.

Bifold or patio doors are a great option for the doors between your conservatory and the outside; as they fold or slide to the side rather than open inwards or outwards, they won’t intrude into your extension’s floor space.

Style-wise, patio and bifold doors are considered more contemporary whilst French doors are a great choice for more classic conservatory designs. This is worth bearing in mind when choosing the doors leading to the garden as they will impact how your conservatory appears from the outside.

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Kitchen conservatory

One idea that is proving very popular with homeowners is kitchen conservatories. Provided you use the space wisely, they can make a practical and stylish addition to your home. If you’re limited for floor space, why not incorporate storage units into the interior design. By opting for patio or bifold doors, you could also create a seamless transition between inside and out, which will be great when entertaining any guests on those warm summer evenings.

Rather than extending your actual kitchen, you could use the newly created space to create an open plan kitchen/dining area. When doing so, you can highlight the space around your dining table and brighten up the room with a lantern roof or solid roof with strategically placed glazing panels. Go for a tiled or vinyl floor as either will prove a practical, easy to clean option, which is ideal for kitchens.

Our quick guide to conservatory flooring

Orangery or conservatory?

Whilst on a quest for conservatory inspiration, it can be quite easy to forget that they’re not your only option when it comes to extending your home. There are differences between orangeries and conservatories from a traditional standpoint, such as the amount of glazing each of them has and the type of roof each of them is fitted with. Although, the lines between them have blurred in recent times.

What is notable, however, is that many consider orangeries to be a more luxurious option, which means they might be a better option for someone who is really looking to make their home stand out, creating a sense of grandeur around their property.

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