So you’ve finally got the conservatory that you’ve been dreaming about! Now you can enjoy the great outdoors without leaving your home comforts behind. But first, there are some practicalities to address. Which window coverings will look the part whilst keeping the space cool and comfortable all year round? These ideas for conservatory window coverings will take you a step in the right direction.
Conservatory plantation shutters
Okay, so we may be a little biased but we have good reason to shout about conservatory shutters. They offer many advantages over other traditional conservatory window coverings like blinds and curtains, such as:
- The perfect combination of light, ventilation and privacy. Independently operable louvered panels offer excellent flexibility, while a solid timber or aluminium-frame provides a reassuring sense of security.
- The best insulation of all conservatory window and roof coverings, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter.
- Excellent durability. With the correct care, conservatory shutters can last for decades without warping , fading or succumbing to wear and tear.
- Easy maintenance and cleaning. Shutters don’t harbour dust in the same way as fabric window coverings and because they’re made to last, repairs are usually minimal.
- The ability to fit even the most awkward of conservatories perfectly. Because they’re made to measure, they can also be finished in the colour and style of your choice.
Practicalities aside, their unique style and character make conservatory shutters a firm favourite among discerning homeowners, as demonstrated by their growing popularity in traditional and contemporary homes.
Although they don’t tend to be as hardwearing as shutters, conservatory window and roof blinds are often cheaper and come in a wide choice of materials and styles to help you achieve the desired look and feel. Each kind has its own features and benefits, some of which are listed below.
Solid conservatory blinds (Roman, roller etc.):
- Streamlined profile; contemporary aesthetic
- Endless choice of fabrics in differing colours and styles
- Various levels of opacity to choose from, including blackout
Louvered conservatory blinds (Venetian, vertical etc.):
- Louvers allow for better control over lighting levels
- Choice of synthetic materials with wipe-clean finishes
- Or opt for fabric/wood for a more natural, traditional look and feel
Curtains and drapes can be used in your conservatory alone or in combination with plantation shutters or blinds. Since they hang downwards they are not generally suitable for conservatory roofs, and thus serve more of an aesthetic role than a practical one, softening hard lines and creating a warm, cosy atmosphere.
- Ideal for traditional homes, especially when combined with pelmets and tie-backs
- Choose thick, heavy curtains for insulation and warmth…
- …or lightweight fabrics to admit some light whilst keeping the room cool
I hope you now have a better idea of which conservatory window coverings to choose. If you would like any further advice or wish to enquire about our made-to-measure plantation shutters for conservatories, contact us using the contact form below.