Garden rooms offer us the perfect way to bring the revitalising outdoors in, celebrating the beauty of nature as it bursts back into life after those long dark winters.
With a myriad of different garden room designs from which to fashion your dream outdoor-indoor oasis, it’s important to consider the overall look and style you want to achieve. Minimalist modern, creative eclectic, Scandinavian organic, farmhouse rustic?
The style should be in keeping with the purpose of your garden room. Whether it’s a private sanctuary for quiet-time, a home gym, office or a secluded space for guests staying over, think carefully about the type of space you’d like to create. Your garden room design should be inspired by your main property’s interior design theme and only contrast if you wish to achieve a striking look.
Here we share our recent garden room design for an enchanting private client home in the Cotswolds countryside and our top 6 styling tips to help you with your own design.
1. Enhance Your Current Property
Tip: You don’t necessarily need to build a separate garden room from your main property. Instead, think about how you could enhance your current layout. For example, kitchen-dining extensions into garden areas can transform an internal area with an expansive feeling of openness, creating a huge amount of space. Extensive glass doors can celebrate long summer evenings and create a cosy candle lit atmosphere in winter.
Example: In our Cotswolds garden room design, a glass link united the barn with the main house to create a stunning light-filled room. We styled it as a magnificent dining room, with a full length wall of windows looking out across the central courtyard.
2. Work with What You Have
Tip: If your garden room offers inherent features, such as exposed brickwork or forms part of an ultra-modern contemporary property, then showcase this within your design and allow it to shape your scheme.
Example: With a traditional Cotswold’s stone wall acting as the perfect backdrop to our design, we adopted an organic, earthy scheme, enhancing the seamless transition between the indoors and the beautiful garden outside. To augment the exposed, tumbled brick walls, we used copper tones and metallic hues, echoed in the large, studded edging on the off-white linen chairs and tear drop wall lights.
3. Let Nature Inspire You
Tip: As the essence of garden room design is all about bringing the restorative outdoors in, we recommend taking inspiration from the natural elements around you and incorporating them into your design to achieve the ‘wow factor’.
Are you surrounded by woodland? Mirror this indoors with organic materials, wooden flooring and wooden sculptures. What is the natural stone of your area? Reflect these tones in your design and make a feature of the stone. Is there a pond, waterfall or river nearby? Fill your mood board with water-inspired whirls, calm blues and Japanese fountains.
Example: We embodied the Cotswold’s charm in our garden dining room design with a relaxed country style scheme, utilising layers of patterns and textures for a tranquil and homely interior. As alluring birdsong chimes through this property’s countryside surroundings, we incorporated a strong avian-inspired theme into the interiors. The birdcage ceiling lights reflect beautiful patterns on the ceiling and the bird dining table sculptures add further depth and detail to the design.
4. Expand the Space
Tip: The more light you can naturally create within your garden room design, the larger the space will be. Be generous with the glass windows and doors, extending them from floor to ceiling and across entire walls where possible. Use mirrors to rebound the natural light and to reflect the beautiful outdoors inside, creating an indoor haven of tranquillity.
Example: We used oversized arch-framed mirrors along the back stone wall to imitate a row of windows, effectively reflecting the garden back into the dining room.
5. Set An Organic Undertone
Tip: Utilise a palette of neutrals in your garden room design to build the nature-inspired tones within the scheme, incorporating earthy materials for an organic feel.
Example: We used a chunky wooden table in lime washed Oakwood placed upon a thick hessian rug with a rich olive and lime bordered edge, as well as a rustic, wooden sideboard set against the stone wall, creating a contrast of textures within the neutral palette of colours.
6. Reinforce the Greenery
Tip: When we think of garden rooms, we imagine a retreat in the refreshing outdoors; a place we can gain inspiration, be quiet, focus and enjoy time for ourselves. Greenery is the colour of revitalisation and is illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of nature. Every garden room design should adopt greenery into its scheme. Whether this be boldly through deep green accent walls, pops of vividly verdant furnishings or subtly through the use of exquisite floral arrangements.
Example: We added gentle accents of green in our garden dining table design to reinforce the botanical nature of the scheme through beautiful glassware, lavender blossom displays and delicate accessories.
If we can assist you with your garden room design, please feel free to get in touch.