We talk a lot at Lazy Susan about the design, style, planning etc of garden rooms, but it’s probably just as important, to think about the inside of your garden room as much as the outside. One of our customer mantras, and probably the main consideration when thinking about investing in garden room, is to decide at the very start for what purpose the new room will be used. Establish this and it will make the whole process that much easier and influence the choices you make in terms of décor. It’s the ideal opportunity to have a look at the flooring and other furnishings, and you must look to maximise this new unique space you’ll have available.
Colour as with any interior design is vitally important and the choices you make will also be a function of the overall design of your garden room and its relative size. Colour has a definite impact on the atmosphere that you want to create when doing the interior of your garden room. For example, a green scheme could be used to reflect the grass, plants and flowers in your garden. Colours are usually divided into two groups: warm and cool. Reds, yellows, and shades of orange are warm colours and are known to stimulate and excite, while blues, greens, and purples are cool colours because they have a relaxing and calming affect.
As a general rule, and that’s not to say it can’t be broken, warm colours work well in places where there should be activity and interaction, so they could be ideal if you wanted to use your garden room as a creative space or home office. Cool colours on the other hand tend to be most appreciated in rooms where the aim is relaxation and calmness, perfect if you want your garden room to be a little oasis of peace and tranquillity away from the main house.
Whether you want a new office or simply a place to relax, a garden room is a the ideal solution to rediscover a little extra space detached from the main house. You’re looking for the ‘wow’ factor both inside and out, so here are a few of our tips to help you create the perfect garden room style:
- A garden room makes a great place to relax
Shades of green teamed with white always work well and will produce a light and natural look in any garden room. Decorating your garden room with flowers, artwork, ambient lighting and candles will have a very relaxing effect on the body and mind. The garden room should be kept as clutter-free as possible, and any stress-inducing items such as paperwork should be filed away, ideally in the house out of sight.
- A garden room should be fit for purpose
As we touched on above, purpose is so important when buying a garden room. Too often people install and furnish a garden room and then don’t use it. It could be an extra room, home office or an area for a little peace and quiet. Clarify your exact requirements for the garden room and ensure that it will met by the final design scheme you choose. For example, if the building is being purchased to be used as a garden design studio, then good lighting is critical. If the room is to be used as a home office, then there should be provision for heating so it can used all year round. Spend time doing your homework, research the market and visit showrooms or ask to see previous garden room projects that the company has worked on. Always shop around and make sure you are you getting the best deal.
Look for clever storage solutions
- You don’t want your stylish garden room to end up looking like a junk shed, things like a sleek coffee table with concealed storage will help to keep your garden room clutter free. Prioritise your storage and put things that you use on a day-to-day basis in a place where they’re easily accessible, whereas things used less often can be stashed in harder-to-reach places. Only store things in the garden room that you will be most likely to use in the garden room. If you don’t, get rid. Bespoke cupboards or shelves can make the most of redundant nooks and niches and are more space-efficient than freestanding systems. Many ready-made storage systems can also be tailored to meet the exact requirements you have for your garden room needs. However, free-standing furniture is more flexible, so it can be added to, and you can take it with you if you decide to move.
- Choose floral prints
Floral prints displayed on a glass-topped table or feature wall will add colour and interest. Floral wallpaper doesn’t have to mean chintz, there are some fantastic modern wallpapers out there, many by leading designers. You can harness flower power to create any number of different looks from boutique hotel to tropical summer house. Use a mood board to help you integrate the print with the other elements of the room and get wallpaper samples so you can hold up the design alongside any existing pieces of furniture.
- Display pots and plants
Bring the outside, inside. An informal display of plants, pots and personal treasures will give the room a sense of character. Most indoor plants are just like most people, they don’t like being cold. Most houseplants available on the market are happy at room temperature, about 65F. One of the biggest factors of poor development in houseplants is fluctuating temperatures. Most garden rooms are warm during the day when we’re in them and then in the evening the temperature, if not constant, will drop substantially and this can be harmful for some plants. Start off with the tried and tested types that are easy to look after like Tradescentia, Crassula, Dracaena’s, Peace Lily, Ficus Elasticus and Yucca’s.
- Buy rattan and wicker garden style furniture
Practical synthetic rattan wicker style garden furniture can be used both inside and out, so its the perfect, not to mention comfortable, solution for a garden room. Rattan is the ideal material for a garden room. Unlike metal and timber furniture, rattan furniture will not twist or distort in the summer heat of a garden room. Metal furniture can also be a little uncomfortable and timber is better left in the garden. Rattan furniture is also available in a variety of different styles, so you should easily be able to find a piece of furniture that you like and that fits well in your garden room. If you want traditional then no problem, if you are looking for something a little more modern then again, you will have plenty to choose from.
- A little shade is important
Lining your blinds with outdoor fabric will help to prevent fading in sunlight. Alternatively you can purchase special UV blinds that have been designed for use in conservatories and they will reduce glare without darkening your garden room and increase privacy and security all year round. Blinds I often use wooden slatted or even fabric Roman blinds to smarten up a garden room, and to protect furniture from sunlight. Go for cosy wools and plaids for warmth and texture. For a Mediterranean feel, go for bright bold prints and citrus colours. Smart glass can now be used in your conservatory windows which keeps the UV rays out and the heat in. Consult a blind and shutter specialist for advice.
- Provide adequate lighting
An adjustable-height floor lamp provides versatile lighting, for reading and relaxing. If you are using the garden room as an office or studio, then make sure you have good provision of natural daylight, avoid fluorescent lighting where possible, that you can control ambient lighting and look to avoid any dazzle and glare while sat at your computer.
- Keep warm in winter
What better place to sit looking out on a frosty morning with the Sunday papers than a cosy garden room. Good quality affordable under floor heating which can be linked to your central heating and is a great option. Whatever you do, don’t scrimp on radiators – one panel heater in the corner will not provide you with enough warmth. This is critical if you want to use the space all year round as an office. Heating and ventilation are such an important consideration for the overall comfort of your garden room On sunny days they can quickly warm up and when evening falls you can use window blinds to trap the heat inside. If you choose to use radiators plumbed into your central heating system to heat your garden room, then remember that you may have to run these on cool spring, summer and autumn evenings when the central heating system is normally closed down. The detached nature of a garden room and the materials can make the best of them a little cooler. If this is the case, you may prefer to find an alternative method of providing extra heat when it is needed. Electric radiators can be a better solution and as they don’t have to be plumbed in to the central heating system they are easier to install. They also heat up rapidly, so you will quickly feel the benefit of their warmth. Whatever type of heating you choose, ensure that it is thermostatically controlled within the conservatory so that you are not wasting energy.
- Its all in the furnishings
Furnishings When furnishing your garden room consider buying good quality furniture, a leather sofa or wing chairs will enhance the space. Rugs and cushions will also provide texture and warmth. Selecting new furniture for a garden room should be fun. You are free to choose styles and materials that you would not use in other rooms in the main house. Will it be used as a family room, or a place to entertain? Mix and match upholstered sofas with a rattan chaise lounge and a metal and glass dining table. For once you can have a cool, uncluttered, contemporary look, or try out a little old-fashioned vintage style. Use colourful fabrics with floral prints, or plain linens with lots of bright scatter cushions to add interest.
About Lazy Susan
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