Create the Perfect Contemporary Garden Room
We’ve talked a lot this year about the concept of bringing the outdoors in. With Pantone picking a zesty lime shade called Greenery as their Colour of the Year, and botanical prints and succulent hues making their way into the top decorating magazines, the message has been clear: Mother Nature should be playing a significant role in your home décor.
The latest craze to capitalise on – and in a more literal sense, subvert – this trend is the contemporary garden room, an alfresco dining space where you can relax amidst nature. The good news? You don’t have to be green-fingered to embark on this kind of project.
Here’s how you can master bringing the indoors out with your own gorgeous garden space.
Selecting the Perfect Spot
The area of your garden that you choose to transform will depend upon your needs. If you’re dreaming of relaxed outdoor dinners with friends, opt for a spot close to the house, as this will allow easy access to the kitchen. For something more secluded – say, a writing or painting spot, or solo reading area – try and get some distance.
Remember that creating a garden room doesn’t always require walls. Sometimes a secluded area with some wooden decking can do the trick.
Walls and flooring
In most cases, a garden room will exist as an outdoor extension of your home, whether it’s a deck, a patio, a covered terrace, or a conservatory. You may be building something new or revamping an existing area – whatever the case, you’ll want to consider your walls and flooring before you do anything else.
Exterior walls need to be durable and frost-resistant, which is why our Sierra Nevada tiles could be the perfect choice for your garden room. These glazed porcelain tiles have the textured look of a stone split face tile, and have rectified edges to ensure the smoothest of finishes.
Areas that aren’t tiled can be coated with outdoor paint – Dulux’s Weathershield Exterior Quickdry Satin comes in nine attractive shades and is specially designed to withstand the elements. Just remember that outside spaces are best suited to understated colour schemes, so a neutral shade might serve you best.
When it comes to flooring, you have even more options. You could install a hardwood deck, re-tile your conservatory floor with these stylish Barnwood Anti-Slip tiles, or create a patio extension with our gorgeous Bluestone Modular Slate Effect flooring. Both these tiles are frost-resistant, making them well suited to an exterior space.
The perfect garden room starts with perfect seating – but again, the style you opt for depends upon what you’ll be using the space for. If you see yourself hosting dinner parties, invest in some good quality garden dining chairs and a solid table. If you’re concerned about the climate, and you want to use your garden room all year round, keep yourself warm with this Gardeco Steel Chiminea from Wayfair.
For something cosier and more relaxed, opt for an arrangement of outdoor sofas. Families will love the Ikea Arholma, while this Outdoor Valentine 2 Seater from John Lewis is perfect for loved-up couples.
If you aren’t looking to build a permanent structure in your garden, but you’re still keen on shelter, a gazebo can be the perfect compromise. This 3m x 3m Four Seasons Gazebo from The Garden Furniture Centre provides waterproof and windproof protection for bad weather and is equipped with mosquito nets for the warmer months.
If you’re seeking shelter on a smaller scale, try out this Overhanging Banana Parasol from Whitestores.
The beauty of a garden room is that its decoration comes from the greenery around you. But if you are looking to boost the area’s aesthetic appeal, there are a couple of additions you can make.
Cheap, cheerful and environmentally friendly, these Copper Fairy Lights from Not On The High Street will brighten any garden area. A couple of outdoor potted plants such as these charming Extra Large Faux Olive Trees from Nordic House will bring some foliage to patio spaces.
For maximum atmosphere, invest in a couple of these Large Metal Hurricane Lanterns from Not On The High Street. And for the finishing touch? Guard against cool evenings with a couple of cosy blankets, like this Tribe Throw from House Of Fraser. Sit back and relax with these stunning Striped Cushions from The Stripes Company.
Now all you need to do is crack open a bottle of wine and settle in for the night…