Aislinn Coffey deconstructs a smart conservatory …
Conservatories and garden rooms are beautiful, light-filled living spaces in summer but can feel cold and damp when the temperature drops. From styling your room with heavier blinds, throws and warm, decorative rugs to adding a compact woodburning stove, there are lots of ways to make your space cosy throughout the colder months. Choose a warmer palette and earthy tones for autumn like burnt orange, forest green, charcoal grey and soothing terracotta. Bring the outdoors in by adding a fragrant candle like Loewe’s aromatic versions inspired by the kitchen garden at Irish designer Jonathan Anderson’s London home (ivy, beetroot, coriander and oregano). Arrange wild flowers in a rustic vase. The look and feel? Laidback and undone.
Whether you’re painting the exterior of the shed or the conservatory, the colour black will transform any outdoor space. Black also provides the perfect backdrop for most planting schemes and transforms eyesores into chic, dramatic focal points. Colourtrend’s Ink Black exterior masonry and woodcoat paint (€28 a litre) has been specifically designed using earth pigments to create a colour that will blend beautifully into any Irish landscape, urban or rural; www.colourtrend.ie.
Create a warm atmosphere with smart lighting. Light the conservatory as you would other areas of your home. Opt for wall and table lamps with a dimmer option so you can adjust the brightness. In reading areas, a floor lamp is a good option. Pretty candle lanterns will create a relaxed ambience. Think of them as multi-seasonal accessories; prettifying in summer and illuminating on cosy winter nights.
From styling your room with heavier blinds, throws and warm, decorative rugs to adding a compact woodburning stove, there are lots of ways to make your space cosy throughout the colder months.
THAMES & HUDSON
New Nordic Gardens by Annika Zatterman, Thames & Hudson, €34; www.nordicelements.com
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