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Victorian Conservatories

The Victorian Conservatory is still the most popular style choice for our homes. After all, it was in the Victorian era where to introduction to conservatory began, as a way of celebrating the home and the success of its occupiers.

Conservatories of this style boast grandeur and intricacy and suit any type of house. A Victorian conservatory against an older home brings a sense of originality and place but equally, the same conservatory can give a dramatic lift to the most modern of abodes.

A Victorian conservatory usually has French windows, a delicate frame and large floor space. The ironwork on the roof is often ornately decorated and the roof pitch high to create majestic opulence. Most have three glass facets although larger ones can have up to seven. The improvements in glazing options such as solar glass and double-glazing have enabled larger rooms to grow in popularity as a result of their growing energy efficiency.

As a Victorian conservatory is usually round in shape, it can sometimes be difficult to set furniture in the desired places. However, many stylists online can offer solutions to these challenges and this seemingly awkward shape can create a new vibrant approach to interiors that the square offerings of the rest of the house cannot offer.

The Victorians did not have to worry about planning permission or town-planning requirements so could really push the boat out in their conservatory design. Sometimes they were so big that they looked even more valuable than the house itself! Although nowadays, our society has restraints on how far we can go with these extensions, the sentiment of Victorian conservatories remain, and that is to better the existing house by the addition of a beautiful annex as a trophy of the hard work of its owners.

The Victorians also had a love of their garden and the plants and flowers cultivated there. Conservatories were originally used as greenhouses for the wealthy to cultivate plants that they had seen on their travels to Europe where the weather was warm and the conditions much kinder. Currently, we use conservatories not to necessarily grow the plants, but to enjoy the garden beyond through the indoor/outdoor living space. This notion of wanting to enjoy a garden whatever the weather remains, but rather than bringing the garden indoors, we can now embrace the outdoors regardless of outside conditions. The improvements in insulation allow this ideal to be enjoyed comfortably throughout the year.

It seems then that it is not just the style of Victorian that has been echoed in today’s conservatories, but also the ethos of what a conservatory means to a homeowner and his relationship with the world that surrounds him.

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