How to get your conservatory ready for the festive season
With a few simple steps, it’s easy to turn your conservatory into a winter wonderland ready for the festive season.
The festive season is almost upon us and we’re all busy climbing into our attics and dusting off our Christmas decorations. But when it comes to decorating your home for Christmas, don’t forget to include your conservatory. You may associate conservatories primarily with the summer months, but they can also make great winter gardens, providing a snug hideaway for you and your family. Here are our top tips to help you turn your conservatory into a winter wonderland this Christmas.
Set the atmosphere
The lighting you use can really help to set the atmosphere in your winter wonderland conservatory. Dim lamps and candlelight are perfect for cosy, romantic nights in, especially if you choose scented candles with a traditional winter or Christmas scent, such as cinnamon, gingerbread or mulled wine. Or, for a more festive feel, try decorating your conservatory with strands of twinkly fairy lights that reflect prettily in the glass.
Make it cosy
Winter is all about snuggling up and escaping the cold weather outside, so try and make your conservatory as cosy as possible with warm woollen blankets, comfortable cushions, and accessories and decorations in rich winter colours. For the ultimate in warmth and relaxation, why not consider installing a wood burner in your conservatory? It’s not as difficult or as expensive as you may think, and what could be cosier than cuddling up under a blanket in front of the flames while the snow comes down outside?
Using winter plants as decorations is an easy and effective way to add a touch of winter magic to your conservatory. ‘Deck the halls’ with wreaths of holly and ivy, and add sprigs of mistletoe for those all-important Christmas kisses. For a touch of sparkle, try spray painting pine cones silver or gold, and for a splash of colour go for traditional potted poinsettia plants. And of course, don’t forget the Christmas tree! Whether you go for a real tree or a good quality artificial one, it can be the perfect finishing touch to your winter hideaway, especially with some stylishly wrapped presents lying beneath it.
Use your garden
When you’re decorating your conservatory ready for the festive season, don’t forget to include your garden – after all, that’s what you spend most of your time looking out at. Summer may have passed and the majority of your flowers and plants may have gone, but that doesn’t mean that your garden can’t look great during the winter months. Adorning bushes and trees with coloured or white fairy lights, or adding lanterns to flower beds or branches can make all the difference to your view from inside the conservatory, complementing all the work you’ve done inside.
At Christmas time we often need some additional space whether that’s for entertaining guests, storing presents, or simply enjoying some peace and quiet away from the rest of the family – and that’s where the conservatory comes into its own. With a few simple steps, it’s easy to transform your humble conservatory into a winter wonderland, making it a space you truly can enjoy all year round.
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