Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Great Outdoors, Indoors ; Treat Your Neglected Conservatory like Any Other Room in Your House and Give It an Identity to Be Proud of. Carefully Planned Colour Schemes and Attention to Detail Will Bring the outside In

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Great Outdoors, Indoors ; Treat Your Neglected Conservatory like Any Other Room in Your House and Give It an Identity to Be Proud of. Carefully Planned Colour Schemes and Attention to Detail Will Bring the outside In

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CONSERVATORIES are a great way to maximise space and bring you one step closer to the great outdoors, whatever the weather.

Why, then, are so many used to s dump kids' toys, dry laundry or give the dog somewhere to sleep? Come on, turn yours into a proper room.

USE IT TO PROBLEM SOLVE ASK yourself what your home needs - another TV room, dining space or an extra sitting room? - then use your conservatory to satisfy that requirement.

Here, the family was crying out for a sitting room to enjoy the garden, so that's what we gave them. Treat it like an indoor room, and plaster and paint over dated brickwork to make it feel much more usable.

TILE STYLE TILING is an obvious choice for conservatory flooring as it's garden mud-proof and easy to clean.

Think about colour - warm beige will open up the space and add a degree of cosiness. Think also about how you might feel in the winter months - under-tile heating is definitely a bonus.

You'll find Warmup tile heating relatively easy to install (and cheap to run), so check it out as it will make a huge difference. Find out more at www.warmup.co.uk RAFFLES-STYLE RATTAN SEATING WOVEN rattan conjures up images of colonial homes and the celebrated Rafs fles Hotel - natural, exotic and fabulous.

Today, rattan has been reborn with modern weave techniques and new rattan-esque weatherproof fabrics that are good for both indoors and out.

We opted for a large, indoor traditional sofa and chairs - this look would also work well in a main room, especially if you hope to achieve a natural feel. Try the Boston seating range from Pounds 235 at Rattan.

BLINDS MAKETH THE CONSERVATORY SPECIALIST conservatory blinds will make a huge difference to your garden room, keeping heat in - and you cosy - in the winter, and keeping sunshine to a minimum to stop you overheating in the summer.

It's worth covering all glass so you can properly adjust them until you have the light, heat and privacy you require. …

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