How to Display Art in Your Conservatory

By on 24th July in Home Inspiration

For those who love a bit of culture in their lives, the conservatory can be just as good place as any to show off artwork. Conservatories are there to let light in and nails don’t play well with glass so hanging paintings from the walls is out of the question, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways you can display art in your conservatory.


If you want a stunning, eye catching piece of art for your conservatory, then you can’t go wrong with a floor-standing sculpture. This could become a real centrepiece of your conservatory, something to add personality and character and also be a great conversation starter with guests!

If you want something a little different that will really stand out, then Etsy is a great place to find sculptors and other artists who have some fantastic work for sale.

Wall-propped art

Pictures on a desk and on shelves propped against a white wallLeaning a painting on the floor against the wall may well look like you’ve just forgotten about it and are cluttering the place up, but wall-propped art (yes, it has a name) is becoming more and more popular. If done right, it looks great, too!

Artwork can be propped on the floor or on a table/desk – just make sure the surface it sits on isn’t so slippery that the artwork slides down as it could become damaged. Larger pieces may be best propped on the floor while smaller pieces would work well on a higher surface so they are more noticeable.

The image to the right shows what propped art can look like. Perhaps you could do something similar in your conservatory.

NOTE: When displaying artwork such as paintings in a conservatory, you have to be careful about damage and degradation due to exposure to sunlight.

We spoke to Cambridge-based artist Diana Probst for some tips on how to guard against light damage to your art:

“An important thing here is the lightfastness of the pigments used.  UV light damages paintings.  You’re going to get some damage, but it’s as likely to be to the substrate as to the pigments.  You can minimise it by framing your work behind anti-UV glass or acrylic. Most modern pigments have good lightfastness, but check to be sure.

“Sculpture or 3D surfaces like driftwood or ceramic vessels would work best rather than 2D artwork.”

Diana had much more to say on this topic and we’ll publish her full thoughts on this topic in the near future.

Designer cushions

While you may not consider cushions as pieces of art, there are plenty of examples that show that they can be as bright, colourful, and intricately designed as any piece of artwork. There are some wonderfully crafted designer cushions available, such as these at Amara, although you will, of course, have to pay a little more than your average cushion.

Designer cushion by Roberto Cavalli

Image source: Amara

Using striking and eye-catching cushions is a great way of adding some colour to your conservatory.

Related: Modern and Classic conservatory designs

Furniture as art

Using furniture as art is another fantastic way of adding some character to your conservatory. There are a couple of ways you can do this. You can buy pieces of furniture created by an artist although there’s a good chance you’ll pay a small fortune for it and you’ll end up with something that barely resembles furniture at all.

Alternatively, you can create your own pieces of furniture art by taking normal furniture and upcycling them. For example, you could take an old bookcase or desk, sand it down and do it up yourself, using stencilling to create a unique design that no-one else in the world has. Just doing a quick search on Pinterest will bring up a huge number of ideas and designs you can try at home.

Do you have any tips on how you can display art in a conservatory? If so then let us know in the comments below.

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