10 conservatory blind ideas: how to dress your windows in style

Love the sunlight but don’t want your conservatory to feel like a sauna? These stylish blind ideas can help

With its airy feel and abundance of natural light, a conservatory can be a valuable addition to your home. But when your conservatory blinds aren’t up to scratch, your treasured space could end up feeling more like a greenhouse than a glamorous extra living room.

That’s why choosing the right window dressings is key to creating a space you can enjoy all year round. And it’s not just about temperature control. If your conservatory is visible to those outside your home, privacy can also be an issue.

Whether you’re considering a conservatory update or planning for a new one, take a look at our favourite conservatory blind ideas, along with some expert advice to make your windows the best dressed in town.


1. Cover each pane of glass separately

Add individual blinds for maximum control

Individual blinds covering conservatory roofCredit: Thomas Sanderson

If your conservatory is large and has a complex design with lots of roof panels and window panes, don’t be scared to embrace this by panelling each one individually.

Lisa Cooper, head of product at Thomas Sanderson, recommends a type of blind known as Duette blinds for this: “Duette blinds are a practical solution for the conservatory, as they have a honeycomb shape which traps air, preventing heat loss in winter and blocking out the heat in summer.”

Cooper also reassures us that having lots of individual blinds doesn’t mean countless hours opening and closing them.

“They can also be motorised,” she adds, “allowing you to control your roof and side blinds easily with an app on your phone or via a remote control.”

2. Create privacy with day-to-night blinds

Semi-sheer gives you the best of both

Day and night blinds in a conservatoryCredit: English Blinds

When choosing your style of blind, it’s always important to consider your conservatory design, how you use the room and if you need to let some light in for plants.

“If you have a modern conservatory, you may want to choose a sleek and simple style of blinds,” says John Moss, director of English Blinds. “If your conservatory is used for growing plants, then a sheer or semi-sheer blind, such as a day-and-night blind, might be more suitable.”

According to the English Blinds website, day-and-night blinds are “a special type of roller blind… comprised of alternating stripes of a solid, opaque colour with a more sheer or transparent area”.

It adds: “As you roll the blind up or down, the fabric on both the front and back of the tube moves, causing the stripes to align in different formations; a solid block of the opaque colour, alternating stripes of the opaque and sheer, or somewhere in between.”

This gives you light but also privacy when you need it. The horizontal stripes in this design also help to lengthen the room, which can be an additional bonus if your conservatory is on the small side.

3. Match your blind colour to your vista

Bring the outdoors in

Blue blinds in coastal styled conservatoryCredit: Blinds 247

If you’re blessed with a wonderful view, match your blind colour and overall interior scheme to the view outside.

That way, when your blinds are closed, you’ll still feel connected to what’s going on outside – and it’ll make you feel less guilty for needing to shut it out.

In this coastal home, the blinds mimic the blue of the sea. In a woodland setting, you could opt for a forest green, or if you’re craving more sunshine, yellow.

4. Control the light with stylish Venetians

These slatted blinds give you more flexibility

Cream venetian blinds by Hillarys in conservatoryCredit: Hillarys Blinds

If you have an issue with privacy and prefer a more permanent window covering, Venetian blinds can be a good choice. With their tilt-and-turn function and the option to roll them up completely, they can let the light still flood in but keep unwanted eyes out.

Choosing ones that have slats with a cloth tape rather than standard cord will add a sense of luxury, and picking blinds in the same shade as your walls helps them to blend into the overall space and design.

Moss offers some specific advice when it comes to Venetian blinds: “Wooden and faux-wood (PVC) Venetian blinds tend to be more susceptible to warping due to heat buildup from sun exposure, so it is worth considering Venetian blinds made from aluminium for a conservatory.”

We asked Moss to share his top tips when considering conservatory blind ideas. He says that above all, defining the use of the space is key.


Top tips for choosing conservatory blinds from John Moss at English Blinds

Think about the purpose of the blinds. Do you want them for privacy, to block out sunlight or to add a decorative touch?

Conservatory blinds are available in a variety of materials, including fabric, wood, and faux wood (PVC). If your conservatory gets a lot of sun, it’s important to choose a material that can withstand the heat and won’t fade or warp over time.

If you prefer the softer look of roller blinds and Roman blinds, look for low-fade fabrics that are designed specifically for conservatory use.

Vertical blinds are a great option for regulating light in a conservatory, offering a comparable level of light control to Venetian blinds. But unlike Venetian blinds, the louvres of vertical blinds are made from fabric, so they won’t warp.

Conservatory blinds can help reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Look for blinds that are designed to be energy-efficient.

Make sure you choose blinds that are easy to maintain. Some blinds can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, while others may require professional cleaning. It’s an important consideration, especially in roof blinds, which will be harder to access and clean regularly.

5. Combine curtains and blinds

Curtains can work in conservatories

Grand conservatory with curtains and blinds in tones of greenCredit: iLiv

Although blinds are the most common form of window treatment in conservatories, if you have an opulent or unusually shaped window, then dress it with some boldly patterned curtains to showcase it in style.

To allow your feature window to take centre stage, tone down any additional blinds to a simple complementary colour and bring the rest of your scheme to life with bold cushions, gold lighting and detailed side tables.

Some of our favourite conservatory blind suppliers

Hillarys – great for contemporary designs

247 Blinds – great for competitive pricing and free samples

Thomas Sanderson – great for bespoke consultation services

English Blinds – great for speedy delivery

6. Go minimalist with ‘perfect fit’ blinds

No fixing required

Perfect fit blinds in modern conservatoryCredit: English Blinds

If you prefer a simpler interior design approach, and would like to leave your conservatory frame untouched, consider ‘perfect fit’ blinds.

Perfect fit blinds essentially come in their own frame, which is designed to push and click onto your existing window frame, so you don’t have to drill into walls or windows to attach them. They are great for French or bifold doors, where wall-mounted blinds would get in the way, as well as standard windows.

“Perfect fit pleated blinds offer a neat and tidy installation that doesn’t require drilling or screws,” says Moss. “They are also versatile, allowing for precise control over light and privacy while still allowing for a view of the outdoors.”

Tap into this year’s interior trend for a more natural colour palette and use tranquil tones  of stone, white, wood and a blast of black for a scheme that oozes calm sophistication.

7. Add a sail-like effect to your roof

Choose flowing fabric for dappled light

Large conservatory with sofa and dining areaCredit: Westbury Garden Rooms

For a softer approach to conservatory roof blinds, choose a silky , flowing fabric to create a billowy roof covering, reminiscent of a boat sail.

Add pops of tropical colour with cushions and exotic foliage for a conservatory that brings to mind sunny Caribbean climes.

8. Create your own view with blinds

If you don’t have a tree-lined garden, make your own

Tree print blinds in white conservatoryCredit: Thomas Sanderson

Even if you don’t have the perfect view of greenery outdoors, you can create your own using patterned roller blinds with a nature-inspired design.

This simple, repeating silver birch tree design immediately links to the outdoors but equally fulfils the role of preventing too much sunlight entering and damaging precious furniture.

Keeping window coverings lighter also allows for the use of darker tones inside.

9. Combine a leaf design Roman blind with trailing plants

Create a sunny terrace indoors with natural coverings

Leaf print blinds in conservatory with hanging foliageCredit: iLiv

Trailing foliage around a leaf-themed Roman blind and along the roof frame brings a terrace-like feel to your conservatory, creating the mood of al fresco dining while being protected from the elements.

Although the Roman blind is softer, with its linen finish and less structured folds, when you add wood, terracotta and floral inspired soft furnishings into the mix, you create a wonderful textured, layered, shabby chic conservatory. Who wouldn’t enjoy dining here?

10. Pick pleated blinds to help reflect light away

They work on windows and conservatory roof panels

pleated blinds in modern conservatoryCredit: Hillarys Blinds

If you’re blessed with an abundance of light, choose a pleated conservatory blind idea for maximum sun reflection. Their clever design lets less light in without plunging the room into darkness. If you have  artwork or fabrics that you don’t want to fade in the sunlight, they’re ideal.

“Designed specifically for conservatories, pleated blinds are made from a specialist fabric that actually reflects the sun’s rays right back out of the window,” explains Yvonne Keal, Senior Product Manager at Hillarys.

“This keeps the room cool so you can enjoy your space for longer. Pleated blinds can be made to fit windows of all shapes and sizes, so your gorgeous glass roof won’t miss out.

“They can even be motorised,” adds Keal, “so you can open and close them from the comfort of your couch.”

Cleaning pleated blinds

“Pleated blinds have delicate, concertina-like folds, so when it comes to cleaning, they need to be treated with care,” says Keal. Her top three tips are:

  1. To keep your pleated blinds dust-free, use the small brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to slowly sweep across the blind. Be careful not to press too hard against the pleats to avoid ripping the fabric.
  2. If you prefer, you can also use a feather duster.
  3. For blinds that are a little dirty, rather than just dusty, use a damp, non-abrasive sponge dipped in lukewarm water and mild soap to gently wipe from top to bottom. Again, don’t push against the material too hard, as you don’t want to damage the pleats.
Sarah Harley

Written by Sarah Harley she/her


Since first picking up a paintbrush and experiencing the joy of re-decorating her bedroom in a questionable red, white and grey scheme as a young teenager, Sarah Harley was hooked on the world of interior design. This obsession even led to a real life ‘Grand Designs’ project in 2005 when she donned a pink hard hat and appeared on TV screens, project managing the renovation and extension of a Grade II listed 17th century Folly in South Wales.

Throughout her career, Sarah has gained an array of experience in several different roles, ranging from copywriting, PR, events management and photography to interior design and home staging. With her two passions being the written word and the joys of a beautifully designed home, Sarah’s mission is to open the door on the world of interiors, inviting readers in to help them work their way through the vast choice of products, ideas and trends so that their own homes can reach their full potential.

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