Garden rooms always change the character of any garden. A garden without a summerhouse, a small log cabin, or a garden shed is more or less just ‘outside’ while a garden containing such an inviting wooden garden room takes the character of an inhabited space, as if the garden would change into an extension of the house, into a space to live in, to spend time in.
While this is an undisputed fact among the owners of such garden rooms, the way to use a garden room is, of course, quite variable. While some make it a garden lounge, to spend their leisure time in a comfortable environment, others are used as spas, garden saunas or fitness centres, a garden office, a guest room, or a workshop.
In the following article, we are offering some advice on how to make your garden room a cosy one.
Furnishing the garden room
In most garden rooms, space is limited and therefore space-saving solutions are always worth striving for. However, there is no way to make a luxurious broad sitting area space-saving, or is there? Well, if the main purpose of your garden lounge is to sit or lay there comfortably, watching a film, listening to music, or playing it yourself, or reading a book then there is no reason for your sitting area to be space-saving for it is the main purpose of the garden room.
However even a very broad and cosy sofa and even some large armchairs can be made a bed to offer an occasional guest a room to stay. In order to find inspirations for multi-purpose furniture, you might look for ‘tiny-house’ furnishing. Maybe even a small kitchen would fit into your garden room, just enough to make a quick salad out of herbs and flowers from the garden, make a tea or keep some snacks or fruit cool in the fridge.
A nice bookshelf integrated into the wall can be a useful piece of furniture as well as a very decorative element.
The light must be right in a cosy garden room
Talking about artificial light to make your garden room a place to stay at night or during the long dark evenings of the cold season.
You can use different levels of light using a variety of different lights with individual switches. For a quiet evening with a book and a cup of tea, you will just need a reading light and not much more light throughout the garden room. For working or tidying up, you will want to have the opportunity to illuminate the room quite brightly. By using light on different objects like pictures, pieces of furniture or decoration, you can direct the atmosphere in the room. Light shining out of water like for example from an aquarium or a little pond always has a special character not at least by the moving reflections of the light on the surface of the water.
Candles do make a very special, cosy atmosphere, be it for meditations, for quiet evenings looking out the large floor to roof windows into your garden or for a candle light dinner with friends in the garden room or on its veranda. So why not equip your garden room with a variety of candle holders on the tops of the furniture as well as on the walls?
Of course, any open fire, like from a fire place will not only be a means of heating up the garden room but also be a source of a very romantic lighting.
Large windows for lots of natural light in the garden room
Contemporary garden rooms often feature large floor to roof windows that fill the room with natural light during the day time.
Blinds, shutters and curtains will not only be able to dim the light and keep the sunshine out during hot summer days, but also are a decorative element to use wisely in your garden room. Long, white, transparent curtains swaying softly in the summer breeze blowing through the tilted window, painting their light shades on the wooden floor boards of the garden room are like a symbol for relaxed summer time and pleasure.
To interrupt the large glass areas, using sash bars on the windows will create a more cosy country style like atmosphere.
Comfortable temperatures in the garden room at all times
An open fire place will not only bring you heat, but also a very cosy atmosphere. The same is true for wood burning stoves with transparent glass doors.
If your garden room has a flat roof, it might also get hot during summer. Insulating the roof is one option, installing a green roof with grass and herbs would be another. Of course, you can always also install an air conditioning.
Modern hot&cold air conditionings are really heat pumps that function in both directions so that you can cool down and heat up your garden room with the same device.
Decorative elements in the garden room
Decorative elements in the garden room do not only decorate the room, but also show that you care about the atmosphere in the room. Pictures and metal signs can have funny, romantic, nostalgic, cheeky or many more contents and influence the mood in the garden room. If not, they might as well just simply be pretty and a pleasure to look at, or they add colours to certain areas.
Decorative elements made from plants in the garden like roots, flowers, old pieces of wood or even ancient pieces of garden equipment are always nice and interesting. A wreath of flowers on the wall or simply some fresh flowers in a vase add not only their colourful beauty to the garden room, but also their wonderful scents.
Not at least the view through the large windows of your contemporary garden room into a nice and lush green garden is a soothing, peaceful, and optimistic element to set the mood for relaxing stays.
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