Everything you need to know about conservatory styles

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Today, conservatories are hugely popular with people looking for extra space in their homes. Since they first came about, almost 300 years ago, different styles have come in and out of fashion. We’ve put together a guide to conservatory trends so you can decide which style you like best and which would suit your home.

Georgian Conservatories

Way back in the late eighteenth century, only the very the wealthy and stylish aristocrats who owned stately homes were building glazed conservatories. Typical of the period, a Georgian conservatory has a simple and symmetrical design. They’re usually rectangular or square shaped with a high sloping roof to create a rather grand and light-filled space.

Gable-end Conservatories

A version of the Georgian style, is the Gable-end conservatory. They tend to be square or rectangular too, but instead of the roof sloping back towards the house, it is upright (with a glazed frame), like the side profile of a house.

Victorian Conservatories

Moving into the nineteenth century and the golden age of conservatory building. Victorian style conservatories often reflected the Gothic elements of the architectural period. Today they’re one of the most popular styles with homeowners and tend to have a bow end, steep roof and decorative ridge details. They’re perfect for all kinds of properties and look fantastic when the frames are colour matched to your windows and doors.

Lean-to Conservatories and Garden Rooms

Conservatory building came to halt during the early part of the twentieth century, possibly, like other construction, due to limited materials and labour because of World Wars I & II. The 1950s and 60s saw the development of simply constructed sunroom designs across the rear of homes, inspired by the Mediterranean. We know them today as lean-to conservatories or garden rooms. They were designed to catch and make the most of the winter sun and have clean lines.

This type of conservatory is still very popular, especially in modern colours, greys or greens, and can also be extended to include an open canopy area.

Soon after the invention of sealed double glazing units, architects began to re-create the golden age of glass extensions by designing Victorian and Edwardian style conservatories for regular homes. The 1990s saw this boom. Investment by roof companies helped the rise of PVCu conservatories within the glazing industry. This led to new shapes being developed.

P-Shaped Conservatories

Often mixing the traditional Victorian and lean-to styles, P-shaped, or L-shaped conservatories can create lots of extra space in your home without intruding too much on your garden area. They can be utilised as 2 separate living areas. As they are larger than the more traditional designs, they best suit larger properties, new or old.

T-shaped Conservatories

The very grand T-shaped conservatory with 2 ‘wings’ can create 2 extra living spaces and usually has a larger entrance to the garden which can be made more impressive by installing French doors to truly bring your garden into your home. They’re best on large properties which have a long wall to build them on. You can choose from Victorian, Georgian or Gable-end styles.


Orangeries offer an attractive alternative to a conservatory with the added grandeur of a higher roof and roof lantern. They also offer more privacy thanks to more featured brick work and give you the right balance of ventilation and insulation in order to be comfortable for your family all year round.

The Glazed Extension

Rather than acting as an addition to your property, a glazed extension from Trade Windows can be designed to look like part of the original property, instead of an add-on. They merge the best things about orangeries and extensions to create a perfect light-filled and airy space for a new kitchen or living area. We custom-design your extension to complement the age and style of your home, so that it joins seamlessly to become a part of your property.

Pop into our showroom on London Road in Derby and take a stroll down Trade Street, our full sized row of conservatories.