A place in the home that should be suitable for relaxation, celebration, to reflect or gather with friends and family, Paul shares his insider’s tips on creating the perfect space between the home and garden.
Tips to Bring the Outside In
Although it means giving up a little garden space, a garden room can dramatically boost your property value.
It’s estimated that a conservatory alone can add 5% to the overall price of your home, but whether you’re looking to adapt your home for a profit, or improve your existing property, conservatories have stood the test of time as the most popular home extension to make.
From quirky orangeries to traditional extensions, a garden room removes the boundaries between interior and exterior space, giving you a place to enjoy your home and garden without having to put up with any typical British weather.
Bringing the outside in can ensure your home feels lighter and brighter, as well as enabling you to create a space that suits your needs. Be it a place for entertaining guests at a dinner party, or a relaxing family living room.
As with any build or extension approval will be needed, but don’t let this hinder your creativity.
In most cases it is essential to stay faithful to the properties original structure, but even by adding full length windows, verandas, balconies and terraces to existing rooms, gives you the chance to open it up to the views and surroundings that are on your doorstep.
Always discuss with the architect or designer about how you’re going to live within the room, to help the space be built in the most organic way possible that will fit in with your way of life.
If you’re the green fingered type and a dab hand in the garden, styling your room in a traditional botanical prints will make it in keeping with your taste.
Add some of your favourite exotic plants into the room, but don’t let them dominate the space and become unruly, as a cluttered space will attract a cluttered mind, and it could soon become a room that leaves you feeling stressed rather than relaxed.
Add in a bistro-style table and chairs for an alfresco dining area, and you’ll instantly have a space that feels as though it could be in the garden rather than the home.
Many people feel that as traditional garden rooms are full of fanciful florals and wicker furniture that the same has to be done to their own extension.
Despite neutral tones or beige, white or mocha commonly being used for this space, darker tones can work just as well if the furniture is displayed in a flattering manner.
Duck egg blue, moss green and even charcoal grey are trend lead colours that offer a neutral palette without such starkness. Combined with natural furnishings of oak or pine, the warm wood will offset the colour tones within the décor.
Adding cosy fabrics of tartan blankets and fluffy cushions, will provide you with a room that’s even fit for cold winter days watching the rain.
All at Sea
Nautical interior design is a fun option, especially if you have a young family, as you can include their collected shells from a day on the beach and hang their art upon the walls.
The colour scheme of nautical décor offers itself well to the garden room in the summer, as it fits perfectly with the feeling of summer holidays and gives a positive atmosphere for all that enter.
No matter the style that you choose for your garden room, make it a place that fits in with your current way of life. Many times the rooms can be added without any thought process behind how it’s going to open up the rest of the home.
Think of it as an entire space rather than a separate room, and you will find you have a more spacious home that offers not just a comfortable home, but also a more relaxed lifestyle.