The Victorian conservatory is very popular as Victorian conservatory designs can be adapted and made to match almost any style of home. More modern conservatories can be very appealing if designed carefully but there is something about the Victorian style that makes these conservatories very appealing to the eye. When carefully designed and built from suitable materials they will complement the original building and not look like a later addition.
One of the most distinctive features of a traditional conservatory is the steeply pitched roof which is reminiscent of the steeply pitched style of roof found on many Victorian homes. On a Victorian conservatory the ridge will always be very ornate with various styles of finial along the ridge line to produce a very decorative profile.
The overall plan of Victorian conservatory designs tend to be very distinctive as they are rarely rectangular or square. The traditional conservatory will always be bay-fronted and can vary from the almost semi-circular front with multiple panels, to something much simpler with just a few panels making up the bay front. Regardless of the number of panels, very careful attention must be taken to ensure that the detail design is right, with architectural fittings that complement the Victorian style.
The materials used for construction need not be traditional even if the conservatory is to have the desired Victorian look. Some designers would not consider using anything other than wooden framing and traditional glazing in order to remain loyal to the original design. Others, however, will make the most use of modern plastics and metals which require very little or no maintenance. These materials are available in a wide variety of Victorian designs and finishes meaning that it would be impossible to know that traditional materials had not been used for construction.
The interior of a Victorian conservatory will be fitted out according to its intended use. If it is to be used as a traditional conservatory or orangerie then there will be little or no furniture, but it is still important to make sure the internal design details are correct to reflect the period. If used as a room for relaxation, the choice of furniture is very much a matter of personal taste. Many people would still choose a traditional style of seating to complement the Victorian style but a more contemporary approach can be successful.
Victorian conservatory designs have been popular for well over one hundred years and because of their architectural appeal, it would appear that they will continue to be popular for many more years to come.