Conservatories are a wonderful way to bring natural light into your home, regardless of whether or not the sun decides to shine.
With the use of effective lighting, you can make good use of your conservatory at any time of the day or night.
To help you choose how best to light your conservatory, we’ve collected our favourite ideas to help inspire that perfect ambience.
Paper lanterns can either be used as lampshades to diffuse and soften existing light fittings or installed independently using battery-powered LED lights. They also come in a variety of soft, warm colours to brighten up your conservatory during cooler evenings. Experiment by hanging them in rows, or filling corners with clusters of colour to change the ambience of your room.
Low level lights
To create a snug space, use table lamps and overhanging floor lamps to keep the lighting low and concentrated around your chairs and tables. This creates a naturalistic feeling that’s incredibly effective after the sun goes down.
Fairy lights and string lights
For a more magical environment, explore the wide range of string lights that have arrived on the market in recent years. Far from being the bright and sparkly Christmas lights of yore, they range from subtle and simple white lights, which are excellent for accenting design features, to playful shaded bulbs that add character to a space.
As a functional alternative to fairy lights, many retailers offer spotlights on wire systems which can be plugged into nearby mains sockets. This kind of down lighting is perfect for illuminating doors, tables and other furniture without the spill and reflections that can spoil a pleasant night of stargazing.
If you’re still in the process of planning a conservatory, you may want to consider integrating spotlights into the beams of your building. Everest conservatories offer these customizations as part of our bespoke service, and the fittings are carefully chosen to suit your individual style and design.
They may seem very grand, but chandeliers are a surprisingly easy option to integrate. While crystal droplets may be overpowering in a glass room, modern chandelier designs often incorporate shades and down lights, which spread light around the room without scattering it.
This is the answer if your conservatory is primarily a vantage point from which to view the garden. A few carefully placed solar-powered stake lights can accent foliage features and small, under lit fountains, are an elegant addition to a garden at night. Spread several of these around your garden and you’ll generate enough light with which to read as you enjoy a crisp summer’s evening.
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