Patio Covers and Conservatories: A Complementary Pair

A conservatory is classically considered a metal and glass structure that abuts a building and is used to display plants and gardens.  It is more common in larger installments and yards or public spaces.  However, there are now smaller styles that many homeowners can enjoy.  They were originally intended to grow and display tender plants and flowers that would not otherwise be possible to grow in any type of patio garden space.  Another term or synonym for a conservatory is a greenhouse and even a sunroom in some cases.  This is essentially what it is, though the conservatory has a more grand scale and theme to it.

When you’re thinking about how to design your patio, and whether or not (and how) to cover your patio, it’s important to think of your garden environment in a holistic way. Your patio, magnificent though it is, doesn’t exist in splendid isolation – it has to complement all of the other features of your garden as well, if it is to truly have the desired effect of improving your home.

You can see how this conservatory in Stockwood park has aged, but still maintained its usefulness.

Many homes have not just a patio, but a conservatory as well. And, quite often, the patio is placed right outside of the conservatory, surrounding it. In this case, it’s vital to make sure that you plan each sensitively to make sure that they work together, and that they don’t clash.

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This means things like choosing your patio tiles to match the color of the frame of your conservatory. If you’ve got a wooden conservatory, light colors often work well, to counter the darkness of the wood. Likewise, if you have a white PVC conservatory, then a darker, richer shade of tile can show off both to their best.

However, contrasts don’t work quite so well when you are planning a patio cover or a patio roof to sit next to your conservatory. A wooden patio cover next to a white PVC conservatory frame is a garden style disaster waiting to happen. So is an aluminum frame next to a classic wooden conservatory – a disaster so hideous, in fact, that you’ll probably spend your time hiding behind your conservatory blinds, rather than venturing out to actually enjoy your garden.

One of the best ways is to construct the patio frame from the same wood as the conservatory frame. If possible, buy the wood for both at the same time. That way you can be assured of a good match that will leave your garden looking effortlessly beautiful.

Conservatory Blinds

As with other applications of patio blinds, there are really no differences with respect to these styles.  The name is just to describe where they will be used.  In the case of a true greenhouse application, it is essential to use blinds that can withstand those moist and humid conditions.  Wood blinds could work well, though you will not often need to have them on many windows as it is the sun you are wanting here.

The more common application of blinds for a conservatory are in the sunroom application, where you have created a new living space.  You may consider this an outdoor room or an extension of another indoor living space that you have more properly built out.  In either case, there are a variety of blinds from which to choose.  These include solar blinds, pleated blinds, roman shade styles, venetian and vertical blinds as well.  The solar styles are often made to be especially UV resistant and can help keep your conservatory a more pleasant place to spend some quality time.

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