How to modernise your Cornwall conservatory

Have you fallen out of love with your old conservatory? Don’t worry. As experts in all things conservatories, we’re here to help.

Everything is more exciting when it’s shiny and new. Especially swanky home improvements like conservatories. At first, you’re full of inspiration. You know exactly what you want to do with the space and you’re itching to use it all the time.

Then the years pass by… 

You start to view the decor as outdated and find yourself using it less and less. 

This isn’t inevitable, it’s a huge shame! After investing so much time, effort, and money into your conservatory, it would be a crime to let it go to waste. So, what can you do? At CTG, we think that atmosphere is everything. Create a space where you like spending time, and, quite simply, you’ll spend more time there! Luckily, all it takes is a quick spruce-up to give your conservatory a new lease of life. 

Intrigued? Here are our top tips to help you modernise your conservatory…

How to modernise your Cornwall conservatory

Make your conservatory open-plan

One way to increase your conservatory use is to open it up to the rest of the house. While this may sound simple, blending your conservatory space with another room gives you lots of benefits.

While being able to see and hear family members in other rooms and nip back and forth with ease is a joy in itself, an open-plan conservatory is also much more functional than one that’s tucked away. If your conservatory leads on from your kitchen — voila! You have a new dining room. If it follows on from your living room, why not turn it into a cosy ‘no tech’ reading room or a designated games room?

This being said, before you rush to make your conservatory open-plan, we hate to say it but… you will need to think about planning permission. 

Generally speaking, you do not need planning permission to install a new conservatory or orangery. You’ll probably remember this from when you got yours installed!

However, if you want to install an open-plan conservatory or remove an external door to open it up after it has been installed, you will need approval. We could go into the details here, but it’s easier if you just give us a call — we’ve worked on lots of open-plan projects, so one of our experts can talk you through the process.

Replace the conservatory roof

A faulty roof can make your conservatory cold and uncomfortable. Good thing it’s easy to fix! 

While most high-quality conservatory roofs should work well for a minimum of 15 years, this isn’t a rule. There are no official ‘expiry dates’ for conservatories. You’ll need to look out for signs that your conservatory roof is no longer fully functional.

If you’ve got moss or algae growing on your roof, cold draughts in your conservatory, or you’ve started to notice more noise pollution than there used to be, it’s probably time to invest in a new conservatory roof.

Want our top tip? Just make sure you get one installed by a reliable provider. A well-fitted conservatory roof will make your entire home more energy efficient, so it’s important to get it right. 

At CTG, we offer glass roofs with UV filters, tiled or part-tiled roofs, and cost-effective polycarbonate solutions. Choose the best material for your needs and never look back!

Update old window frames

Just like an old conservatory roof, old window frames can reduce the energy efficiency of your home and really put you off using your conservatory. 

Invest in new windows and take advantage of the variety of modern materials out there. We offer different glazings that can make your conservatory a more comfortable and easy-to-maintain space.

For example, we can install panes with UV filters that reduce sun damage to your furnishings. We also offer self-cleaning windows (a great low-maintenance option), and glazing that reflects the sun on hot days to keep your room nice and cool.

Liven up conservatory windows

Following on from our last tip, even if you’re happy with your windows as they are, you can still add some stylish new blinds to give your conservatory a whole new look. 

Let’s face it, you’re probably bored of what you’ve got in there right now. After all, you have been looking at it for years! Even if you opt for something similar to what you have already, a small change will always freshen up a tired room.

Add exotic plants

If your conservatory is structurally sound but you’re not inspired by its decor anymore, adding exotic plants is an easy way to inject some life into the room. Plus, as conservatories are mostly glass, they’re the perfect place to grow plants that thrive in warmth and sunlight.

One of the great things about nature is that it goes with any design scheme, so you don’t even need to worry about ruining an existing aesthetic you’ve got going on.

Add an orange tree for a pop of colour, a Kentia palm to create a tropical atmosphere, or a Monstera plant if you want to stay on-trend. Just avoid anything that likes the shade!

Add corner pillars

If you’re looking to make a significant aesthetic change to your conservatory without replacing the whole thing, consider adding insulative corner pillars.

These charming columns are inspired by the architecture of the Italian Renaissance, so are great for making a traditional design statement.

Cosy or statement

Last but not least, we recommend deciding whether you want your conservatory to be a cosy haven or a chic statement room. 

If you’ve always gone with design-orientated minimalism, it might be time to switch things up and create a comfortable, laid-back room instead.

On the other hand, if using your conservatory as a second living space hasn’t worked for you in the past, try taking out the sofa and adding some bold pieces of furniture.

CTG Cornwall Conservatories

Are you based in Cornwall and looking to get a new conservatory or upgrade your existing structure? Give us a call or visit us in person at our Hayle showroom. Whether you’re hoping to design your own bespoke conservatory or get a replacement roof, we’re ready to help you with your project!

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