From traditional extensions to quirky covered terraces, a garden room is an attractive and practical area that allows you to explore the boundary between interior and exterior. What you do with that space, well, that’s up to you – but we’ve provided our favourite garden room design ideas that are sure to fire up your imagination.
Much like any other room in your house, a garden room is the perfect opportunity to flex your creative muscles. If you’re green fingered, why not look into creating your own gardening hideaway? Simply team traditional, practical furniture and with your array of pots and plants for a slice of rustic charm.
Want to go the botanical route without getting your hands dirty? There’s plenty of interesting and attractive prints and wallpapers to keep your garden room on-message while remaining effortlessly stylish.
Speaking of stylish, an attractive, bistro-style table and matching chairs makes for a charming and timeless alfresco dining area. Or maybe you’re looking to really run with the holiday theme in your garden room, in which case interesting fabrics, bench seating and lots of colour will help achieve that pool-side vibe. You can always dial up the party atmosphere with some bold bunting – maybe the kids could pitch in with the crafts?
Don’t be afraid to keep things eclectic, but it’s worth remembering that clever storage options will free up space and keep your lines free. One final point – because of the light and, in some cases, exposure, furniture and soft furnishings should be versatile. Line blinds with outdoor fabric to prevent fading and choose wicker and similar hardwearing materials that work both indoor and out. The perfect garden room will be a quiet haven that works for all seasons. Browse through our pick of the best.
Here, botanical fabrics are teamed with utilitarian furniture and lighting to create a practical, rustic garden room.
Inject a summer holiday vibe into your garden scheme with colour. A confident mix of five or more shades of pink creates a vibrant, co-ordinated look. Bench seating creates a relaxed atmosphere prefect for outdoor entertaining.
Who says a dining room needs to be indoors? This outdoor dining area has a relaxed feel to it. Natural textures, neutral colours and a mix of modern and traditional furnishings enhance its laid-back look.
Table, chair and armchairs
If you have the space, a patio area is the ideal spot for a bit of alfresco dining. Here, composite wood decking is great because it doesn't split or get slippery and it's easy to clean, too. Weatherproof garden furniture can be left out all year round - the chairs slot neatly under the table to form a cube when not in use.
Though this room may not actually be in the garden, it still oozes a fanciful garden aesthetic. In colourful shades hot from the jungle, reinvented veranda furniture creates a haven of tropical lushness in this colourful garden room that just bursts with life.
Try creating an outdoor room by trailing vines over a canopy on a terrace. Here, a pretty dining room, complete with wicker seating and comfy cushions, provides plenty of shelter from the sun.
Similar wicker furniture
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This is a popular style for homes with limited space. An extension or lean-to is particulary common for period terraces as they make the most of the space at the side of a house. Pair with an adjacent outdoor seating area furnished with traditional wooden furniture and colourful cushions.
This pretty gazebo is a stylish spot for alfresco summer dining. Just add a bistro-style table and chairs. Oh, and don't forget the bunting!
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An adjustable-height floor lamp provides versatile lighting, for reading and relaxing.
Similar floor lamp and shade