A conservatory is a versatile room and a lovely way to add extra space in your home. If you are extending your home, you will need to consider what the conservatory will be used for. Is it essentially for summer use, an extra living room, a dining room, play room or a chill-out space? Often, it’s used as a second living room for quiet reading without the distraction of the television, for children to do their homework or informal dining.
Once you have found the right conservatory, the decoration is so important, to make the most of all the natural light shining through all the glass windows and roof. The flooring is an important area to consider, bearing in mind your budget and the amount of traffic going through the conservatory. If it is going to be extensively used, then a surface which is durable and easy to clean is best. If it is south-facing, cool tiles are a lovely option, while laminate is the perfect choice to add warmth to the room.
Getting the wooden effect
Many people prefer wooden floors in the conservatory, as they look beautiful, but real wooden flooring is expensive and can warp. It doesn’t react well to moisture and the planks will contract and expand with the changing seasons. It is expensive and more difficult to fit than laminate flooring, which gives the appearance of wood but is quick and relatively easy to install. You can buy laminate floors in a range of finishes, such as different-coloured woods, a tile look or a granite look. Laminate is a top choice in busy areas, as it is resilient and waterproof.
Tiles are also hard wearing and beautiful looking, with many different types available such as slate, marble, terracotta or porcelain. Research the type of stone before you buy because some, like marble, will mark easily whilst others, like sandstone, can be slippery. You can find out more about different flooring materials at http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/.
Carpet is not the best choice because it will need frequent cleaning because of the amount of foot traffic between the garden and the house, but a rug is an ideal compromise between hard tiles or wood and a carpet. It can also just be used in the winter months when more warmth is required.