Ideas for creating your winter garden at home

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Vegetation and generous natural lighting are fundamental elements for indoor environments to be pleasant and bring us well-being, especially in houses and apartments, which is where we spend a great deal of time.

Winter gardens provide just that. They make the house more cozy, light, airy and spacious.

There are several ways to create a winter garden at home, from the simplest and fastest to the most elaborate.

Outdoor winter garden with vegetation. Winter Garden.

They are very common in Northern Hemisphere countries, like England, for example, due to the harsh and long winter. With the low outdoor temperatures, the interior gains an outdoor look because of the winter gardens.

They are often made in an environment attached to the house, fully glazed. Thus, the environment receives sunlight throughout the day, increasing the interior temperature of the space, which stays warm and sunny. As a greenhouse, winter gardens are suitable for growing plants to grow at home and different types of flowers.

Winter garden attached to the house, glazed. Glazed winter garden.

In addition to a space to grow plants, including fruit plants, winter gardens are pleasant environments to be, read, work, and create. They can be used, in addition to a garden, to support uses such as a studio, an office or even a pantry for meals.

Greenhouse how to be and pantry. Greenhouse winter garden-like being.

Furniture in the winter garden

Furniture can complement the winter garden according to the use you want to give to that space in the house. You can use both outdoor furniture and chairs, armchairs and others that you would normally place indoors, bringing even more personality and warmth to the garden.

Using disused furniture to house plants is an excellent idea to compose the winter garden, wherever it is and whatever size it is.

Display cabinet used as furniture for plants. Winter garden using a china cabinet as furniture for plants.

The environment can be a glass greenhouse or contain one. A great option that requires little space is to create a greenhouse for plants inside a china cabinet. If placed in an environment that receives sunlight, such as a balcony, for example, the plants inside the glass cabinet will be stored in the same way as in a greenhouse. In addition to occupying a small area, it is an easy idea that brings the natural element to the environment in a controlled, different and fun way.

Inner courtyard 

The winter garden can also take the form of an interior patio, that is, in an outdoor space between two areas of the house. This allows more light to enter and illuminate more spaces, in addition to allowing visibility outside and between environments, achieving greater spatial amplitude.

Inner courtyard of Casa das Jabuticabeiras, with vegetation.

A great way to have a winter garden is to take advantage of some space that is empty in your house, such as a balcony, a terrace, a canopy, a disused environment or even under the stairs. If it is a place with no connection to the outside, lighting can be obtained through zeniths or skylights, providing the space with full and constant natural light.

Regardless of where you are going to create your winter garden, the insertion of vegetation is essential and it can also be done in a number of ways. If it is an outdoor space, it is possible to plant trees, shrubs and foliage.

Residential inner courtyard, partly with vegetation and seating area with table and chairs.

If it is an indoor environment or simply you prefer to compose a winter garden more quickly and easily, you can resort to the use of vegetation in pots and pendants.

A space that soothes

A winter garden can also be a contemplative space. In addition to vegetation, water mirrors are widely used, which bring calm and freshness to spaces. It is a nice resource for warmer places, as the presence of water helps to lower the temperature of the environment.

Residential inner courtyard with water mirror and overhanging plants.

Your greenest house

Another way to include vegetation in small conservatories is through vertical gardens. In addition to taking up less space, they fill walls with life and color and can be done both outdoors and on balconies or circulation spaces.

Domestic vertical garden. Vertical winter garden.

Design the vegetation as a harmonic composition. Mix different species of plants and flowers, as this will bring more color, life and texture to the environment, making your garden even more interesting and decorative.

The winter garden can be all over the house!

The conservatory may even be more common outdoors, as shown above, but why not bring it inside?

Introducing vegetation into environments makes them fill with life and color. To choose the types of plants to place in each room in the house, it is interesting to take into account the activity that takes place in each space.

In the kitchen, for example, a practical and functional way to incorporate a winter garden is to use shelves and pendants. Hanging from the ceiling, on the wall or in a potholder, plants in the kitchen can be spices you use for cooking.

Kitchen with plants on shelves and pots. Winter garden in the kitchen.

In the bedroom, the winter garden can be introduced following the style of the decoration. To place the plants on the wall, you can create modules and fill them with pots of flowers, succulents, and foliage that you like best.

Metallic modulation on the wall for the suspension of plants. Winter garden in the bedroom.

We have already seen that the conservatory can be introduced in many spaces, indoors, outdoors, large and small, but if you really want to immerse yourself in the theme, why not make the house a beautiful conservatory?

Living room as a winter garden, with plants, zenith lighting and cozy furniture. Winter garden in the room.

Larger vases in the living room, plants on the library shelves, spices in the kitchen, succulents in the bathroom, cacti on the porch, are just a few examples of how to introduce vegetation into every space in your home.

Wherever and however your winter garden is, it is important that it bring more color, life and joy to the environment. It’s always time to cultivate and be happy at home.