The orangery became popular in the 17th century with the arrival of citrus plants to the UK. Originally, the orangery was a privilege for wealthy families with larger homes, and furniture was usually just moved out from the main house itself to the area. However, with the increasing popularity of the orangery in many homes, there are numerous furniture options and accessories that go wonderfully well with the room.
Rattan furniture has been the typical furniture of choice for this kind of room, and wicker has also been often used. This is because both are easy to maintain and also very comfortable, especially when covered with cushions and cloths that don’t fade. This form of furniture still suits orangeries and there is a certain old-style appeal that many people enjoy.
Designer furniture can also be perfect for use in an orangery. As the area is more permanent in its build, it often looks great with more permanent furniture. This all depends on the usage you intend for the room and what you think it will be used for. If for example, you want to turn it into a dining room, some nice minimalist furniture may do the trick. If you want it to be a TV room, perhaps the addition of a sofa is the answer – it’s your decision.
The Wonders of Teak
Teak is a great wood for the orangery as it doesn’t decay. It does cost a little more, but it is a permanent option that can be used both in and out of the orangery. Teak is in fact used in boat building and requires little maintenance. It’s a solid wood that also changes colour with age – moving from a red colour to silver – something many people find very attractive. This of course adds an element of distinction and warmth to your orangery.
Of course, the orangery is not just all about furniture, there’s much to consider when it comes to plants and other extras. Investing in some nice plant pots made of clay can give a wonderful natural feel to the orangery and harks back to the rooms original use, giving a sense of authenticity. Other extras such as window boxes have a great appeal in these bright areas.
Other little additions such as rugs and throws can create a natural feel. This goes well with the whole outdoor feel.
Keeping the orangery simplistic in its design and furniture is a great way to ensure it feels relaxing and allows for the light to stream in. This makes for a great chill out area, where you can just watch the clouds go by and is a haven and respite from the world.
The orangery is a place of simplicity and one where the indoors and the outdoors meet. Keeping this in mind makes for the perfect relaxing environment.