4 Ways to Create a Stylish, Multifunctional Conservatory

4 Ways to Create a Stylish, Multifunctional Conservatory

You’ve decided to install a new conservatory in your home, so what now?

If you’ve landed on this blog, you’re probably wondering how to make that space as practical as possible to get the most bang for your buck.

We’ve created a list of some of the best ways you can make your space as multifunctional as possible, perfect for you and all your family.

Light it Up

To start with, let’s strip it back to basics.

Be honest. Is your favourite part of the day opening up the curtains to see what the outside world will throw at you today? It’s definitely ours.

No matter how many smart devices and amazing technological marvels are invented, nothing will ever quite beat the look and feel of natural light.

Obviously, the conservatory is the ideal space to let in an abundance of natural light. As you soak up the sun rays, you’ll not only be getting nice and toasty but also drinking in plenty of vitamin D, which is essential if you’re looking to be productive and happy.

As an extra benefit, lighting up your space will also make it appear much bigger.

Get in the Zone

There’s no better way to maximise your space than by making it multiple spaces.

Splitting up your room into different sections dedicated to specific activities will go a long way in making your space more versatile.

Perhaps you need somewhere to work, in which case you can find a stylish desk and pop it in one corner.

Maybe in another corner, you could put a cosy beanbag or armchair so you can curl up with a book and a cup of tea.

The possibilities are endless.

Think Multiuse

You know what’s multifunctional? Multifunctional furniture.

Crazy, right?

To save on space, the best thing you can do is use your furniture for more than one purpose.

Turns out, desks work perfectly well as dining tables. Storage boxes can double as shelves. The list is limitless.

Many places also offer furniture designed to save space, like laptop trays for your sofa or nesting tables. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

If You Don't Need It, Store It

Nothing quite ruins a space like clutter.

If you want to keep your room looking tidy and with plenty of space for various activities, you need to make sure you have plenty of space for storage. There are numerous stylish storage devices on the market that can give your room flair and functionality.

Conservatories With Character

Here at Outside Interests, we never compromise.

Our staff are experts in everything conservatory, meaning we are always more than happy to answer questions and offer advice. Head down to our Barnham showroom or call us today to talk to a member of our friendly team.

Use These Stunning Interior Design Trends For a Timeless Look

Use These Stunning Interior Design Trends For a Timeless Look

It can be pretty challenging to keep up with the ever-evolving trends of our modern world, in fashion, music, technology, and many more aspects of our everyday lives. 

The design of your home isn’t something you’ll necessarily have the time or money to switch up every time a new trend rolls around. For this reason, it can be beneficial to stick to the timeless trends that are guaranteed to never go out of style. 

(Not to mention, implementing timeless interior design into your home is significantly more sustainable than following new trends.)

Need help knowing how to give your home that classic look? We’ve compiled a guide to some of our favourite interior design elements that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come. 


If You Can Sit On It, Upholster It

There’s nothing more stylish and timeless than furniture that actually serves a function. No one wants a chair or sofa that’s too uncomfortable to actually relax on. Upholstered furniture is a simple, elegant way to make your home more comfortable and functional whilst also adding some personality.

Why not make it a statement piece by adding a splash of colour or a bold pattern?

Your Books Need a Home, Too

Speaking of functionality, what’s more practical than building your bookcases into the walls of your house?

There’s nothing quite as calming as walking into a room full of books. Built-in bookcases offer a stylish way of displaying all those beautiful hardbacks whilst opening up the floor space. On an aesthetic level, they certainly give off an aura of sophistication.

Brickwork Makes the Dream Work

If you really want to show off the history of your home, there’s no better way than through exposed brickwork.

Give your house an authentic feel by stripping it back to its core. By showing off the brickwork, you are paying homage to the architecture itself.

Go Minimal for Maximal Impact

Nothing kills a home like clutter.

Over-decorating is an easy way to make your house look perpetually messy. If you want to create a look that stands the test of time, you’ll most likely want to ditch the excess and create a simple, minimalist look that is easy to tidy, looks good and prioritises functionality.

Conserve Your Style With a Stylish Conservatory

Conservatories are the perfect place to implement all of these design trends. You can design your conservatory to serve whatever purpose you have in mind, whether you want somewhere to relax in nature, somewhere to practise your hobbies or even a functional office space designed to boost your productivity and creativity. 

Conservatories in themselves are very much a timeless home feature, perfect for connecting you to nature all year round.

Luckily for you, we at Outside Interests are experts in all things conservatory and all things interior design. We can elevate your home, making it more practical and comfortable for you and all the family. 

Check out our website for more details on what we offer, or pop down to our Barnham showroom to talk to a member of our team. We’re always more than happy to talk to you about your needs and offer advice on which styles would work best for your property. 

Contact Outside Interests for a timeless look every time. 


Make Sure You Consider These 3 Things Before Building a Garden Office

Make Sure You Consider These 3 Things Before Building a Garden Office

If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty high chance that you’ve had to work from home at some point over the past few years.

As the pandemic spread across the world, home offices have become an increasingly popular and necessary part of many houses. Even post-pandemic, many people are finding working from home to be the new norm.

Of course, being at home throughout the working day can present some difficulties. It’s hard to get anything done when screaming kids are running through the house, and various family members are frantically trying to find their keys before heading out to work.

The solution?

A garden office, of course!

Transform Your Orangery or Conservatory into a Functional Space

Conservatories and orangeries give you the best of both worlds – close enough to the house to sneak into the kitchen for a snack now and again but separate enough that you won’t get distracted by the rest of the household.

Plus, you have the added bonus of being in the heart of nature while you work, soaking up the vitamin D and getting some inspiration from the greenery around you.

Like with everything, there are several things you need to consider before building your garden office. We’ve put together a handy guide that will make sure you’ve covered all the bases.

Power Up

In this day and age, most people work primarily from their computers or laptops. For this reason, you will need a sufficient source of power and electricity in your garden office, with your power outlet placed in a practical position.

There are a lot of risks involved when it comes to electricity, which is why we would recommend hiring a professional for this job.

Style vs Functionality

If you want to create a space that is conducive to productivity, you need somewhere you find creatively stimulating and inspiring. The best thing about creating your own office is that it’s yours; you have full reign over the design, furniture, and every other little aspect. 

Don’t be afraid to put your own spin on it. If bright colours put you in a good mood, throw in a vibrant sofa and office chairs. If you want to create a cosy, soothing atmosphere, maybe throw in a cream-coloured rug, plenty of blankets and some pine-scented candles. 

However, make sure that you balance out the creative with the practical. Ultimately, you’re there to work, so you don’t want to create an atmosphere that makes you so comfortable you want to go to sleep. 

Don't Forget About Heat

There’s a prevalent stereotype surrounding conservatories that says they’re always too hot in summer and too cold in winter. With all the modern technology we have available nowadays, this doesn’t have to be the case.

Insulating your garden office properly is the key to making sure it stays the perfect temperature all year round.

Still confused? No worries. The team at Outside Interests are experts in all things conservatories and orangeries and are always happy to offer advice about which heating system would work best for your situation.

We'll Take Care of It

Once you consider these elements, you’ll be well on your way to building the ideal workspace, right there in the comfort of your own home. 

If you need help with anything, from planning to installation, the team at Outside Interests is right on hand to help you. Give us a call on 01243 553 334 or pop down to our Barnham showroom to see the range of styles we have on offer.

Consider These Three Things Before Investing in a Conservatory

When used correctly, conservatories can increase the value of your house and make it more comfortable. They’re a great place to escape from the hustle and bustles of everyday life, or if you want your guests’ visits memorable, they’ll love it! In addition, they are the perfect way to bring more functionality and style into your home. When you’re looking into building or renovating your conservatory, there are a lot of factors to consider. We’ve put together this list so that all the important information is right in one place and easy for you.

Location is Key


When you’re looking at your options, this is one of the most important aspects to consider. Conservatories are typically found in the back of your house, often near or connected to a patio. This can be an excellent option, as it allows you to get a stunning view of your back garden. However, in many houses, it may be most beneficial to have your conservatory installed at the side, or even the front, of your house. You should check with your local council before going ahead and starting the building process because it may require planning permission. 


Matchy Matchy

If you want your home to be stylish and well-designed, it’s important that the design is cohesive. What’s the point in having such an eye-catching structure if it sticks out like a sore thumb? The variety of conservatories on offer is vast and diverse, graduating from Victorian-style homes to more modern styles.

We have an expert team that can help you seamlessly integrate your design into the space. We are more than happy to visit your home and help you design a conservatory that matches the style of architecture in your house.

Feeling Hot Hot Hot

We know that your conservatory is an important space, so we want to make sure it serves its function, meaning it should be suitable for use all year long, no matter the weather or temperature. Conservatories are often seen as being too hot in the summer and cold during winter. Modern technology has done away with this problem once and for all! Your conservatory installer will help you choose the best heating and ventilation systems for your needs. Consider insulating your roof tiles to help you stay warm in the winter, and maybe even invest in some blinds for when it’s too hot outside.

A Functional Space For You and the Family

The advantages of having an attached conservatory in your home are truly endless. Homeowners with a conservatory have the perfect place to escape from their busy lives and work on hobbies or simply take it easy. A beautiful, relaxing space in your own house is what every person needs! If you’re looking for an outdoor company that will give your project the attention it deserves, look no further than Outside Interests. We offer unparalleled service and immaculate designs with every installation!