Interior styling this summer: Conservatory must haves*

Conservatory summer styling
cafetiere in conservatory
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With the British summer being somewhat unpredictable, your conservatory acts as your go-between – you’re kind of outdoors but not quite exposed to the elements (you never know when it’s going to cloud over and suddenly be Baltic!). Hopefully things will hot up enough for a BBQ this summer but if you’re lucky enough to have a conservatory, making sure it’s summer ready is the best step forward to transitional indoor/outdoor living.

Pick your furniture carefully
I’d definitely go for fabric over leather when it comes to your sofa as nobody wants to be hot and sticky when they’re enjoying their Sunday afternoon! If your conservatory can get pretty warm, pick a comfy sofa for lounging and a statement armchair can really bring some style into the room. When I was looking for armchairs, by far the comfiest and most affordable ones I could find were wingbacks from IKEA (in yellow, of course).

Bring in different textures
Depending on what your flooring is like, consider a rug. It’s an opportunity to make a statement, perhaps tying in the colours of your interior accessories. Right now I’m loving the vintage style rugs that are everywhere and I actually got mine that I have in my flat from Argos so it wasn’t too pricey either – definitely hit up the highstreet for rugs, or wait until La Redoute do 40% off as their selection is great.

Keep your TBR (to be read) pile close by
Well, that’s what summer evenings are for, right? When you’re winding down on a night, particularly if you’re feeling stressed, keep a book to hand. What could be better than spending your evenings curled up as the sun sets with a good book? We all need to reduce our screen time anyway! Bringing a bookshelf or storage side table into your conservatory means that when you get a moment’s peace, you can have a whole other world ready to dip into for a chapter or two.

Bring the barcart out for social occasions
If you want to spend the summer nights enjoying a cocktail or two, bringing your bar cart into your conservatory can be really convenient. Be mindful of leaving it there all the time though as it’s recommended that alcohol isn’t kept in direct sunlight – and hopefully your conservatory is a daytime suntrap. Sure, wheel it in for summer parties but make sure you don’t spoil your booze collection by having it out all summer.

Consider a sound system
If chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool (apologies to everyone who now has that in their head…) is your summer plan, you’re not going to want to move to change a track. Investing in a Sonos, Alexa or Google Home which can be activated from your phone or by voice means that you don’t even have to get up. If you have kids, this is a perfect opportunity to play them audio books too (or y’know, play audio books for yourself as all self-respecting adults have a full set of Harry Potter audio books on Audible, right? Right?!).

Hinch it
Yep, I went there. If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what ‘hinching’ is, it’s a newfound verb for ‘to clean’ named after Instagram cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch. Spritz your conservatory with Zoflora (linen fresh is my fave), give it a quick clean and tidy and you’ll be guest-ready all summer. If you keep your conservatory relatively clutter free, it’s essentially your reception room for the summer months.

So, they’re my tips for getting your conservatory summer-ready. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

*This post is sponsored by St Helens Windows but all opinions are my own

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