If you’ve been anywhere near the internet over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed a surge in the sharing of interior design ideas across social media, particularly during the pandemic, when many people decided to renovate their homes. Browsing social media platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram or TikTok can be a source of inspiration but also a source of jealousy for anyone looking to spruce up their home. For the first time, we’re being allowed glimpses into thousands of peoples’ houses, a lot of which are a lot more creative and original than we’re used to seeing in catalogues and stores. Here at Outside Interests, we love to create unique structures that suit whatever vision the customer has in mind, no matter how outlandish. The uses for orangeries and conservatories are endless, but here are a few of our favourite ideas we’ve seen when browsing online:
Biophilic Orangeries and Conservatories
The term ‘biophilia’ was coined in 1984 by the psychologist Edward O. Wilson. Literally, it translates to ‘love of nature’, though Wilson described it as ‘the urge to affiliate with other forms of life’. The idea is to reverse urbanisation’s impact on us as people and connect with nature. In turn, this will improve our well-being through reduced stress and enhanced creativity.
So how does this link into orangeries and conservatories? You’d be hard-pressed to find a more suitable environment than our structures to implement a biophilic design. Their close proximity to the outside world makes them naturally biophilic, as the large glass windows allow an abundance of natural light and heat to stream into the house. By thus exposing you to more vitamin D, your orangery or conservatory will improve your mood and physical health.
Moreover, their naturally warm, light atmosphere makes them the perfect place for growing plants. In fact, conservatories were originally invented to grow tropical fruits in a place that was sheltered from the elements. Incorporating plenty of plants into your structure will not only improve the air quality of the room through increased oxygen but will also add brightness and colour, both of which can impact your mood and mindset.
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With the rise in wellness and self-care talk over the past few years, it’s no wonder we’re seeing many people adopt the idea of an ’emotional escape room’ in their homes. These rooms are exactly what they sound like; they are rooms specifically designed to provide respite from your emotions and allow you to destress, decompress, or even let out your anger, depending on what offers you the most emotional release. You can tailor the design of your conservatory to suit the effect you wish to have, using colour psychology and choosing appropriate decor. For example, if you’re looking for a ‘rage room’ to release your anger, you might want to incorporate a few things you don’t mind destroying. Alternatively, if you want somewhere to meditate, why not put in a beanbag, some incense or a few candles to set the right mood?
Give Your Home the Upgrade It Deserves
The internet can be a goldmine for interior design ideas. These are just a couple of the many innovative ideas you could use as inspiration for your orangery or conservatory. If you’re interested in improving your well-being through a stunning orangery or conservatory, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Outside Interests. We are more than happy to offer advice on your new build and can tailor your design to everything you need and desire. Live a better home life with Outside Interests.