[box]Guest Post – Estelle Page is a self-employed interior designer with two children. She loves entertaining and spending time in her garden.[/box]
For many of us, the garden is somewhere that we just don’t venture during the winter. The same applies to a conservatory, as it can quickly become an ice box during the colder months. However, this self-imposed confinement means that we miss much of the joy that outside space can give us. The birds in the trees, the changing of the seasons, and crisp wintery sunlight are all sights that can brighten our days.
A garden room is the perfect solution for combining indoor and outdoor space. With a solid roof and generous windows, its temperature can be adjusted to suit any season. Here are some ideas on how you can make the most of yours.
Incorporate It Into Home Life
Al Fresco Dining
Conservatories often become an unused space, abandoned for the garden during summer and for the house during winter. However a garden room is a great opportunity to incorporate outdoor living with your home life. If it’s large enough, it can be transformed into a dining room for year round al fresco eating that will impress friends and family alike. Enjoying your dinner surrounded by the garden will add a touch of summer to the darker months.
Use It as a Play Room
The winter can be a challenge for many parents, and not just because of the cold. During warmer weather kids can blow off steam in the garden. However, when the seasons change you are faced with restless, noisy children trapped in the house for months on end. A garden room is a great way to remove them from the main living areas of the house, and give them the feeling of outside freedom. Toy storage systems, such as these, mean that come bed time you can easily return it to an adult space again.
Arts and Crafts
If you enjoy arts and crafts, natural light is a necessity. Using your garden room as a studio allows you to explore your inner artist when the garden is out of bounds, giving you inspiration even when it’s cold and drizzly outside.
It can also be a great space to use as an art and crafts room for the children. As it is separated from the major living spaces, you can put down newspaper to protect the floor without making the house look messy. Getting your kids to paint the scenery is an easy way to keep them occupied for the afternoon.
Release Your Inner Interior Decorator
To make the most out of your garden room, you need to spend as much time considering its interior decoration as you would for any other room in the house. There are plenty of options when it comes to getting the look you want.
Bespoke garden rooms mean you can customise your room to meet your exact requirements. The ability to have maximum input in your own project has a number of benefits. It allows you to tailor the materials and finishings to suit the style of your house and interior decoration. It also means that you can ensure that the size and shape of the room are suitable for what you want to use it for.
A garden room is a link between inside and out, so plants are an obvious choice when it comes to decoration. House plants that are easy to grow and maintain are the best option. Flowering plants such as African Violets add a vivid splash of colour, that you can co-ordinate with your choice of paint. Better Homes And Gardens have a useful guide on the best indoor flowering plants that will turn your garden room into an indoor oasis.
A more low maintenance way to bring the outside in is to use floral paper. Taking it up right up to the edges of the windows will maximise the illusion that there is no barrier between you and the garden. There are plenty of attractive and modern designs to choose from, so you don’t have to resort to granny chic.
A garden room is the perfect way to merge outside and inside space for year round use. By following these tips you can get the most out of yours, and make it in an invaluable part of your home.
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