This is the time of year when conservatories really come into their own. With the British weather not quite as reliable as we might hope, spring and early summer days can be bright – but chilly. If your conservatory has been feeling unloved over the winter, now’s the time to brighten it up ready to see some use. Start by washing all the windows, inside and out (a big job, but worth it!) then take a look at our pick of the best furniture and accessories to complement the new look.
1. Artificial forest fern, MiaFleur
If you haven’t got green fingers, don’t despair! Artificial plants have come on in leaps and bounds, and you’d struggle to tell this fern from the real thing, particularly if you mix it in with a couple of genuine plants. It comes in a black plastic pot, and costs £52 from MiaFleur.
2. Surabaya cushion in blue/white, Arley House
Evoking a chic colonial feel, this fresh and contemporary Surabaya cushion features an eye-catching leaf print design. Also available in green and white, it costs £34.99 from Cotswolds Trading.
3. Aldsworth shelf ladder, Garden Trading
Made from solid spruce wood, this shelf ladder is incredibly versatile. Use it as a decorative plant stand, to hold books or even as an impromptu coffee table. It comes fully assembled with folding shelves that pivot and screw into place, so no DIY required. £165, available from Garden Trading.
4. Copa lounge set, MADE
Comprising a sofa, two chairs and a coffee table, this Copa set is made from poly rattan that’s hearwearing and durable. It’s suitable for indoor or outdoor use, and is a bit different from traditional wicker or wooden conservatory furniture. Ideal for a contemporary setting, it costs £699 for the set from MADE.
5. Monaco bench, Oli and Grace
This Monaco bench is made of rope and wood only, giving it a clean, simple look. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, it costs £120 from Oli and Grace.
6. Arona pendant polished chrome light, dar lighting
This Arona vintage style pendant has been given a contemporary twist with a high polish chrome finish. It comes with a glass diffuser to conceal the 1 x E27 lampholder and gives a soft, diffused light. £165, see dar lighting for stockists.
7. Coco indoor/outdoor rug in red, Dash & Albert
Inspired by a colourful knit throw, this indoor/outdoor area rug has mottled, knitted look produced by a mix of colourful poly yarns that peek through from under a red checkerboard pattern. Use it to for high-traffic areas, without having to worry about cleaning up as regular vacuuming and the occasional gentle shake should keep your rug in shipshape condition. Available in different sizes, prices start at £48 from Dash & Albert.
8. Harlem white metal spoke chair, Alexander and Pearl
An industrial chic white metal spoke chair, ideal for contemporary conservatories. Pad it out with cushions, throws or a faux sheepskin to make a cosy nest for lazing on Sunday afternoons. £229, available from Alexander and Pearl.
9. Set of two shabby chic wood and metal tables, Melody Maison
Perfect for coffee tables, magazines or plant stands, these two tables, each with a different colour top in cream or blue, will find a dozen uses in your conservatory. If the weather’s nice, you can even move them outside. £173.95 for the set, available from Melody Maison.
10. Bloomingville rattan stool, Out There Interiors
Practical and pretty, this stool will be useful in any room of the home. It’s available in three different colours to match any colour scheme, and costs £130 from Out There Interiors.