Our expert conservatory decor ideas for both modern & classic homes

Moving to a new house is one of life’s most stressful events, let alone in COVID times! Adding a conservatory or replacing an old conservatory roof provides Essex and South East homeowners with the most uncomplicated way to add or make the most of essential space whilst simultaneously welcoming the outside inside.

With so many conservatory styles available, it can be difficult to know where to begin! But don’t despair, as our expert conservatory decor ideas outlined below are sure to inspire you and get your conservatory project off the ground sooner than originally expected.

Modern conservatory decor ideas

‘Modern’ conservatory design has three fundamental elements in common: emphasis on space, clean lines, and minimal decorative detailing. Therefore, light colour schemes will create a refreshing modern ambience, whilst simultaneously enhancing modern open plan layouts. Furniture, window coverings and accessories are often used to inject character and colour into modern conservatory spaces. For example, combining different shades of white will help to create a light and airy feel, ideal for modern conservatories in shaded gardens. Green highlights evoke an earthy sense of tranquillity whilst seamlessly harmonising indoor and outdoor spaces, and darker shades are used to create depth and sophistication.

Over-engineered wood flooring (veneer) combined with a statement rug or two is a popular modern conservatory decor choice, due to its low maintenance and enduring qualities. Medium to light wood tones are often favoured over darker-toned flooring due to their uncomfortable heat absorbing qualities, that could render your conservatory impractical through the summer months.

Adding a couple of handpicked rustic wood pieces to a modern conservatory design can be particularly striking, demonstrated perfectly by this stylish P-shaped modern conservatory interior.


Modern home conservatory providing extra living space

P-shaped modern conservatory interior.

Other than illuminating spotlights cleverly concealed around the perimeter of the conservatory, fashionable lighting ideas for modern conservatories include industrial overhanging pendant lights, modern crystal chandeliers and deep pendant drum lamp shades. When it comes to wallpaper, geometric, natural-inspired and 3D textured wallpapers all enhance modern conservatory decor further.

Quintessentially square or rectangular in shape, incorporating sophisticated monochrome shades such as Graphite Black (RAL 9011), Anthracite grey (RAL 7016), and Pure White (RAL 9010) will instil a compelling modern feel whilst complementing its understated, chic aesthetics. Grey bifold doors (like these!) are a must for modern conservatory interior design.

Grey lean to conservatory with a tiled roof

Modern conservatory design.

Solid tiled roofs like this provide ultra-modern aesthetics, seamlessly combined with privacy and acoustic enhancing qualities that are tailored to modern family life.

Red tiled Gable conservatory roof

Modern conservatory roof.

Smart home improvements like our integral blinds provide a modern, convenient flourish to a new orangery or conservatory.

Integral blinds added to a new orangery

Conservatory interior ideas.

For the best of both worlds, contemporary dual-colour aluminium orangery designs (like this!) have the power to create a modern exterior coupled with a more classically styled interior.

Dual colour aluminium orangery

Dual colour aluminium orangery.

Taking inspiration from a time-honoured conservatory style and modernising it like this delivers a contemporary take on a classic conservatory design.

Black aluminium Victorian conservatory

Contemporary conservatory ideas.

Countryside conservatory decor ideas

For homes located in rural Essex locations, such as Thaxted, Saffron Walden, Castle Hedingham, and Dedham, conservatory interiors inspired by the great British countryside take various forms.

To create a charming cottage-style conservatory that wouldn’t be out of place alongside a quaint thatched cottage or period cottage, establish a romantic country-feel by incorporating faded floral prints, vintage accessories, and distressed painted furniture.

Essex countryside views.

Essex countryside views.

Refined, larger rural Georgian homes should be more inclined to decorate their elegant conservatories in a more formal fashion, i.e. tasteful embroideries, ample floral prints, chandelier pendant lights, urn style table lamps, classic wing chairs and chesterfield couches never fail to create the distinctive English country house look.

If you envisage a mix of modern and rural stylings, you can achieve a soft, contemporary country look by combining unvarnished natural wood furniture, tactile linens and other natural materials set against pale painted walls. Dark grey slate flooring united with light walls and light toned furniture offers a charming contrast.

Timber bifolding doors interior view

Timber bifolding doors provide a contemporary and authentic twist.

Classic conservatory decor ideas

From Mersea Island to Maldon and Walton-on-the-Naze to Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex’ impressive 350-mile coastline is overflowing with Victorian period properties looking to improve instead of move.

Enhancing beautiful Victorian properties with their distinctive bay facades, steeply pitched roofs, and beautiful ornate detailing, classic Victorian conservatory stylings should include rich dark hues, heavily carved or plump, over-stuffed furniture, patterned floor tiles and stained or etched glazing.

White uPVC Victorian conservatory interior view

Victorian Conservatory Interior.

If your property was built in Edwardian times, wood effect lean-to conservatories (like this!) are particularly complementary to the era. Whether you plan to stick to traditional Edwardian aesthetics or add a few Edwardian touches, decorative flourishes reminiscent of the era include pastel colour schemes, floral and embossed wallpapers and paintings, red brickwork, mock-Tudor cladding and timbers, geometric floor tiles, and ornate colourful glazing.

Golden oak effect uPVC Edwardian conservatory

Golden Oak Edwardian Conservatory.

If you’re looking for a classically styled conservatory with a difference, a T-Shaped conservatory (like this!) separates the space into two distinct areas. A supportive dwarf wall creates a more permanent aesthetic, whilst smoothly matching your homes existing brickwork.

Grey T-Shaped conservatory installation

Grey Gable T-shaped Conservatory.

Other than classic fully glazed roofs and striking lantern roofs, it’s also worth considering upgrading outdated conservatory roofing with a modern tiled conservatory roof. Finished with matching roof tiles and optional rooflight integration, a thermally sound conservatory roof replacement is sure to increase appreciation, value, and kerb appeal.

Edwardian conservatory with a tiled roof

Wooden Conservatory Ideas.

Full glazed conservatory décor ideas

Although tiled roof conservatories are all the rage, conservatories that are predominantly made of glass are still prominent but can be difficult to know how to personalise. Biophilic design (meaning ‘love of nature’) is a growing interior design trend that can be utilised in full glass conservatory décor. Become one with nature by incorporating luscious green house plants around the space. You may also want to consider adding a striking living wall, which can be as easy as adding modular shelving and adding trailing plants on each level. Updating furniture, window coverings and accessories will add colour and style without detracting from its beautiful swathes of glass – bear in mind that softening cream accents look beautiful within more traditional structures. Layering colours and patterns will warm up the space, creating an informal cosy atmosphere.

Wooden, upholstered and rattan furniture are popular additions to fully glazed conservatories as they are unaffected by the ravages of natural sunlight, so there’s no need to worry about them fading anytime soon. When it comes to lighting, wire lighting is a common choice for conservatories with glazed roofs. Low-level lighting, such as table lamps, and floor lamps are also convenient options to consider.

Look at our conservatory decor ideas Pinterest board for more inspiration

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