Rather than dream about the house you’d love to live in, consider what amazing things you can do with your own.

One room that has been side-lined by many for too long is the conservatory. Tired-looking furniture and décor can make the space feel neglected. There’s so much you can do though to include the conservatory in the general flow of your home and out into the garden.

The conservatory has been perceived as a summer season space. But recent technological innovations are changing that. New-build conservatories incorporate glass technology that allows for better insulation and solar control. Underfloor heating can make them cosy in winter too. Conservatories can now be year-round rooms.

So how about some ideas for that tired space? Here’s some you might consider:

Open-plan living room. Make the most of the natural light that will come flooding in through the side and ceiling windows of your conservatory. Introduce light-coloured furniture and wooden flooring – a perfect, natural-looking feature for a garden room.

Dining Room. ‘Eat out’ in the opulence of a neutral-coloured backdrop to bursts of colour provided by colourful accessories – crockery, vases, cushions, light fittings etc. Make a fine dining table the centrepiece.

Relaxed country seating area. This can be for a dining as well as a living area. Exposed brick walls with terracotta floor tiles will give your space a rustic feel. Rattan furniture also works well. There are much classier designs available in rattan these days. Plant stands heaving with lush ferns is another nice touch.

Kitchen extension. This can bring a whole new dimension to your home. With dramatic angled windows and glass sliding doors, you can open everything out to the garden in the summer. Perfect for hosting large parties. Consider using geometric patterned floor tiles.

Utility room. Don’t forget there’s also practical uses for a conservatory. Turn it into a utility room separated from the rest of the house. Lay tiles that are attractive but durable and easy to clean. And just because it’s a functional room, you can still keep it pretty with flowers and accessories.

Garden room. Rattan, stone-tile flooring and windows deliberately left undressed to unclutter the view to the garden makes a wonderful space for informal dining and entertaining.

Breakfast room. Light wood furniture, wooden slatted blinds and chairs upholstered in cream will make this the ideal space to enjoy the morning light.

If you’re looking for reputable builders of Oxfordshire conservatories, give us a call and let us design the room you choose.