Updating your conservatory – Plus how to get two free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show
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How can you make a dated conservatory look more attractive? Homebuilding & Renovating Show experts, architect Paul Testa and interior designer Julia Kendell, formerly from BBC One’s DIY SOS, share their ideas.

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Julia Kendell DIY expert

Paul Testa said: “The aesthetic of a conservatory is pretty fixed; it’s not easy to over-clad them, for example.

“One simple option is to get the frames resprayed a fresh colour by a uPVC frame spraying specialist. This can make it feel much more modern and you could freshen up the windows on the whole house at the same time. Try to think about colours that aren’t the default anthracite grey to give your house some individual character. You shouldn’t need permission for this unless you’re in a conservation area or the house is listed.”

Julia Kendell said: “1990s conservatories can often look very tired, but the cost of replacing them with solid construction can be prohibitive.

“Painting the UPVC framing/ woodwork to a contemporary colour like black will uplift the look.

“Softening the flooring by using a coir or similar carpet (be careful to choose a minimal UV fade) can make the space nicer to inhabit.

“Large-scale potted plants and contemporary furniture can do wonders, making the conservatory feel like an orangery rather than an old people’s sitting area.  Rattan furniture is definitely making a come-back so add some colourful, contemporary cushions and layer with throws.

“Plantation shutters, Roman blinds or linen voile blinds are a great way to maintain a steady temperature and will dramatically improve the appearance of a tired conservatory. Giving the conservatory a new purpose can add life to the space, so consider turning it into a games or crafting room.”

For more insights from the Homebuilding & Renovating Show experts click here where you can claim two free tickets to the show at the Bath and West Showground on November 18 and 19.