If your vision for a bright, sun-filled home is falling short, a glazed structure could be the answer. Our selection of designs offers plenty of inspiration for all property types and lifestyle needs.
Make provision for both dining and lounging: a concrete-topped table and rattan chairs offer a relaxed contemporary feel for lazy weekend brunches, while window seating, softened with an collection of graphic-print cushions in blues and greens, uses every inch of space without detracting from the bright feel.
Get the look Barcelona six-seater polished concrete dining table in Natural, H77xW149xD78cm, £498; Oslo industrial ceiling light in Gloss Black, H50xD38cm, £99; both Atkin and Thyme.
Before you choose a design, it is important to note that it can be hard to create a full-use living space with a completely glazed extension. Even with advances in glass technology, this style of building can struggle to stay cool in direct sunlight. This bright, relaxing space features warm grey tones rather than white to prevent it feeling stark. Traditional English decor marries beautifully with hints of the American South in this spacious and welcoming garden room.
A suspended ceiling surrounded by a glass border helps to insulate the room while providing tantalising glimpses of sky.
A palette of soft green and greys, natural textures and an artful use of flowers and foliage combine beautifully for a summery scheme that blends indoors and out. A neat slipper-style chair makes a comfortable yet unobtrusive addition to a sunny corner, with relaxed Swedish blinds lending a modern country air.
Get the look Wrought-iron upholstered chair, H76xW60xD58cm, £525, Nordic House.
Conservatories are unlike any other room in the home, so you need to take a different approach when decorating. Primarily, the high levels of glazing can result in UV damage inside. Using low emissivity glass will reduce the UV and IR light getting through, while fitting blinds to both the roof and sides will also help to combat effects of the sun.
Flat glass roofs have proven extremely popular of late. These have several advantages: they offer an uninterrupted view of the sky, can slide open on summer evenings and can be a good solution for a listed building when conservation officers deem a traditional roof lantern to be too dominant.