When the hustle and bustle of homelife gets all too much, a designated outdoor dwelling can not only be a blessing, it can also provide the ultimate means of mental escape.
However, escapism can come in many different forms, depending on your general likes and dislikes. Personality and preference can go a long way in determining just which summer house décor is the one for you.
In addition to that, situational factors can also affect and influence your choice of garden dwelling, as can the personalities that reside under your roof.
With so many moving parts, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to planning your summer house interior.
To help get your garden dreams off the ground, here’s some inspired ideas for your summer house décor.
Types of summer house interiors
While it’s easy to assume that a summer house has to resemble a woody room, decked out in natural timber or decorated in beachy colours, that is merely scratching the surface of what your summer house can be.
The choice of interior can truly revolutionise what your summer house is and make it so much more than a simple seaside chalet in your back garden. If you’re after food for thought, feast on these innovative suggestions below.
When the weather is good, the garden can provide the perfect location for destressing and mental respite.
But why limit this recreational relief to when the weather allows? Switch off from the stresses of the world whenever you please with your very own summery zen den.
In designing this outdoor oasis, it’s important to create a room that is exponentially different from your house. Start by accentuating the organic element of being outdoors by including naturistic materials and colours.
Wicker furniture adorned with light coloured cushions is a great way to establish this distinction. Meanwhile, accessorising with subtle greens, mixed with flowery shades of colour, can really help create a soothing colour scheme that is both relaxing and reflective of your outdoor environment.
Bringing work home with you can be an unavoidable burden at times and an accepted part of many 21st century jobs. However, finding a quiet space that allows you to do these tasks undistracted and attentively can be frustratingly difficult, particularly if you have young children or a noisy household.
Rechristening your summer house to a home office can be the perfect solution to this problem, providing peace and tranquillity for the ideal working environment.
Meanwhile, the natural setting can also provide a stress-relieving effect, which can be enhanced further by a plain white décor with plenty of natural light and airflow.
A mix of modern furniture with traditional office supplies can help create a space that’s both stylish and practical, providing a welcome space that makes working from home a breeze.
While it may be a little more ambitious, your summer house could even take the mantle of spare room, with the right fixtures, fittings and furniture.
If space is limited within the house and the ability to host guests overnight is something your home is desperately lacking, there’s no reason you can’t offer this feature with an adventurous outdoor design.
A uniquely memorable feature that will surely be a hit with your guests, a summer house guest room can be achieved by two primary things: adequate insulation and attractive decoration.
Once your summer house is fit for dwelling – complete with heat and light – a stylish interior can round off the ambience for the ultimate guest experience.
Monochrome design can transform the interior into an emphatic statement that contrasts the outdoor surroundings perfectly for the ultimate first-impression wow-factor.
A luxury many Brits would love to have on-site at their property, a home gym can provide the ideal solution for those looking to achieve their fitness goals. After all, it’s hard to justify skipping the gym when it’s a stone’s throw away!
Whether it’s a minimalistic yoga studio or your own personal spin cycling classroom, a designated room on your property dedicated to fitness can be healthy for both mind and body. White interiors are commonplace for home gyms, providing an energetic atmosphere, but natural wood can be just as effective.
If you plan on incorporating heavy weights into your gym equipment, you may want to invest in protective flooring mats. Rubber jig-saw tiles are the perfect solution, providing functional protection and a professional appearance at the same time.
Similarly, sturdy lifting platforms that can withstand impact may also be advisable if you foresee yourself dropping plates and putting weights down with force. The last thing you want for your new garden gym is fresh, man-made potholes in the floor.
For heavy barbells, protection could even come in the form of something simple like used tyres, provided they reduce the impact and protect the floor. This can also give your weight room a cool industrial vibe for a raw and gritty feel.
Whether you want to create a boozy lad pad or a feminine lady lair, the humble summer house can quickly become the perfect location for Friday night fun.
To achieve this, accessorising is key. A bar is naturally the first step for most social butterflies (or social barflies) and an essential attribute for any self-respecting party pad.
Next up is atmosphere and there’s no better way to set the scene than with a fitting soundtrack, so sound system is key.
That’s being said, if you plan on playing music, sound-proofing is probably worthwhile too. A noise complaint from the neighbours could put the brakes on your fun in a flash.
As for décor, it depends largely on the taste of the dweller. Girly girls may want to adorn the walls with bright colours such as hot pink to turn their summer house into a girly getaway that Barbie herself would be proud of.
Meanwhile, for something a little more subtle, neutral colours will work just as well, while the stained wood-look can help recreate a traditional pub-like ambience with ease.
If you have young children and don’t happen to have a playroom in your house, creating a specific space for just that can quite literally bring a child’s dream to life.
Children’s furniture is a great way to set the scene immediately, while a play rug can add another playful element that’s both simple and effective. Meanwhile, creamy whites and pastel colours can create a cosy environment that is comfortingly kid-friendly.
Even for older children, this can be a fantastic addition to your garden, providing a peaceful place for them to read and relax or play with friends, while the presence of a TV can make it all the more appealing.
That being said, as this is an environment aimed at children, it’s important to ensure it’s safe and fit for purpose. Rough, un-sanded boards can be a hotbed for splinters, so ensure all surfaces are finished to a kid-friendly standard before you unleash your youngster.
Speaking of kid-friendly space, let’s not forget that your summer house can also provide a home for your teenage off-spring as well.
Besides, what better way to avoid the furious wrath of a teen meltdown than by creating a personal space that’s exclusive to just them?
Accessorise with a games system and/or a home sound system to keep them entertained for hours. Throw in some bean bags and comfy furniture and you have yourself the ultimate adolescent residence for your teens to escape to.
In addition to providing them with their own space, it also frees up the house for you to enjoy some peace and quiet that’s free of hormonal rants and pubescent moods.
When it comes to sport on the TV, it can often be a polarising subject – especially in properties that house numerous individual personalities with a variety of entertainment preferences.
The big TV in the lounge can’t be split in two and, if the rugby coincides with Emmerdale, something’s gotta give. Avoid tele squabbles by creating your own sports haven for that exact purpose.
For a designated spot to enjoy sport in uninterrupted peace, all you need is power, a TV and reception. Complete the experience with some reclining leather furniture and a decent sound system and your sporting surroundings are complete!
Meanwhile, if you really want to enhance the sport-centric atmosphere, why not add an element of interaction as well? A pool or foosball table could do just that, while a pinball machine or dart board can also provide an interactive sporting element while saving space at the same time.
If that isn’t ample food for thought, we don’t know what is! For more information on transforming your outdoor space, give us a call on 0800 085 8110 or click the button below to get in touch online.