Conservatories often get a reputation for either being too hot, or too cold. But it is possible to get the right balance between the two to make a blissful space you can enjoy even when the sun does shine, even if the sunshine if a rare occurrence here in the UK.

To help you make the most of your conservatory in the warmer months, we’re sharing our top tips for making it a cool space you can relax and unwind in. So, keep reading to avoid the greenhouse effect making an appearance in your conservatory.

Keep the Air Flowing

Let’s begin with one of the most obvious options; windows. In order to keep the air flowing throughout your conservatory you’ll want to invest in some serious ventilation. The majority of your conservatory is made out of windows so take advantage of them and keep them open wide when the temperature rises.

Keep your doors open too. A room that’s constantly shut up allows the heat to build and the room to become stuffy and unusable. Whilst, you will have to keep the room shut up when you leave the house, get into the habit of opening windows and doors when you get home to keep a good flow of air throughout the space.

Install Blinds

Blinds are not only good for keeping the heat out, but also for keeping the heat in when autumn comes around. Many people often opt for blinds in their design as they allow you to have full control over the light that comes into the room, and consequently have greater control over the heat too.

They are one of the easiest ways to control the heat and mean you can still ensure the room is kept light, whilst shutting out some of the sun. Slatted blinds rather than roller blinds work best for controlling heat, as you can easily twist the handle to keep the heat away.

Choose the Right Positioning

Where your conservatory is positioned will also affect how hot your conservatory gets in the summer months. Whilst this is largely affected by the direction of your garden, if you’re lucky enough to have more control over where your extension is positioned, for example if your garden surrounds more than one side of the house, you can help to eliminate the heat worry.

A south facing garden is often top of the list for many homeowners as it gets sun throughout the day, but it isn’t always too practical if you don’t want your conservatory to overheat. Your designer will be able to advise you on which direction is best for your conservatory to face in the initial consultation period.

The Right Design

How you decorate your home can also have an effect on how hot your home gets. If you’re going for home décor which is themed around a darker colour palette, then it’s going to simply absorb the heat and make the room feel even hotter.

Conservatories are often better suited to a lighter colour palette due to their bright and airy nature, plus lighter shades will help to reflect the heat and keep you cooler. Bamboo and rattan furniture, rather than heat absorbing leather will also keep the space a cool haven.

Cooling Film

You can also install an adhesive layer to your windows, often known as a ‘cooling film’, to help reflect the sun’s rays. It’s basically a bit similar to putting a pair of sunglasses on to keep the glare out.

It also works to reflect UV rays which can damage both your skin and mean your furniture will fade quickly. Installing a cooling film can mean you don’t always have to shut your blinds or keep the room locked up for so long, as the effect of the sun will be much less.

Your conservatory doesn’t need to be a sauna that you avoid in the summer months, by implementing all or a few of these design rules it’ll be a space you can enjoy even when the sun does shine.