This article is a guest blog post from Paul Matthews, Director of Auburn Hill Orangeries who has been designing and building bespoke conservatories for more than a decade. Despite the large investment that goes into adding a conservatory to the home, as soon as the weather turns it can be abandoned in favour of the warmer rooms in the house. Unfortunately, most conservatories are not insulated in the same way as other rooms in the home, and this can lead to a cool place that feels dark and isolated to say the least. However, since the advances in glazing technology there’s no longer a need to neglect your favoured room in the house. Many modern conservatories are now far more thermally efficient, and if you don’t have the budget available to re-vamp your conservatory, there are still many things that you can do yourself to turn your space into a welcoming winter abode. Get Cosy Creating a warm space is essential if you want to continue using your conservatory in the winter months, and you can do this with the addition of electric radiators and extra insulation against the chill. Thick fluffy rugs under foot can ensure that the cold doesn’t come through, and with extra throws, cushions and blankets, you can snuggle up with a good book and listen to the rain pattering above. Lighting large scented candles can also create a therapeutic ambience and create a hub of glowing heat against the winter darkness. Insert Some Colour It’s common for many people to decorate their conservatories in neutral tones that highlight the sunshine during the summer months, but throughout the winter, adding some colour can help to lift the mood of the room and encourage the feeling of a much warmer space. Admittedly, it can be a little daunting to step out of the beige comfort zone, but even the addition of vibrant cushions and accessories can enhance the space to make it feel like a Moroccan Bedouin. Finding interior inspiration is much easier now thanks to sites such as Pinterest, so search the internet to find a colour scheme that will put a smile on your face and battle the grey days. Let There Be Light There is very little light during the winter season, and from leaving for work in the morning to arriving home at night, it can seem as though your home never sees the light of day. The fact is, light makes a dramatic difference to our mood and without it we can begin to feel a little low, so to combat this go over the top on inserting some light into your conservatory. From adding numerous fairy lights draped across the ceiling, to warm orange lamps that look as though they’re practically glowing with heat. Bring The Outside In The conservatory is a perfect almost al fresco space that can make you appreciate the wonders of the great outdoors without having to step foot into the cold. Embrace the elements of nature and add more plants to your conservatory, this will encourage you to feel more grounded and calmer when you’re back from a hectic day at the office. Conservatories are traditionally known for their ideal climates for exotic plants, so discover the colourful flowers that are best suited to this environment, and the room will soon be blooming with colour. Set a Dinner Date There’s nothing better than using your beautiful conservatory to entertain guests during the most social season of the year. With Halloween, Bon Fire Night and of course Christmas, there are many celebrations that can be had where the conservatory can offer that extra space and WOW factor for visiting guests. The more often you entertain the more you will feel inclined to use the conservatory for events, and family dinners. A conservatory should never just be about the summer, it should serve its purpose throughout the year, and offer you a sanctuary away from the stresses of daily life. So take a little time to update your conservatory and you’ll be surprised at what a versatile and welcoming space it can give you. If you are starting the search for your dream home, be sure to contact your local Parkers branch today who will be happy to help. Disclaimer: Guest blog posts on the Parkers blog are written by external companies. Parkers do not endorse the products or services of these companies.