Summer is upon us and we are to fantasising about having a little garden room to call our own. A place that is not quite part of the house, nor strictly speaking outdoors either, a garden room can be anything from a posh conservatory to a humble shed. Somewhere to sit and soak up the sun, tend some plants or just read a book, we’ve rounded up 10 adorable garden rooms to inspire you.
The glass-house inspired garden room restaurant at the Line Hotel, LA was designed by Sean Knibb of Knibb Design. We love the high-end potting shed vibe, created via the selection of hanging plants, terracotta pots and that lovely long bench-table that looks just the place to prick out some seedlings before the cocktail hour.
Proof that old and new can not only sit easily side-by-side, but that the ultra-modern can complement historic spaces with great subtlety. This Georgian orangery in a country house in Somerset features contemporary pieces like the Thonet chairs, minimal MDF Italia dining table and Tom Dixon pendant lights sitting lightly in the space. Design note – the white geraniums bed the white furniture suit the room perfectly.
The artist and designer Bridie Hall’s conservatory uses black to give a cosier feel that works year-round, and lines the space with books to further blur the lines between the house and the garden. Boxy planters of green foliage sit on the windowsill, merging with the garden beyond, while the natural flooring adds a rustic vibe.
The home of designer Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay is a Victorian country house in Shropshire, and this garden room is a great example of mixing traditional decoration with flowers and foliage. The impeccable light of a garden room makes it a great place to house collections, adding warmth and texture to the space.
This garden room is part of the Ett Hem Hotel, Stockholm, created from an Arts & Crafts house, with modern interiors by Ilse Crawford. The space offers a great solution to the often tricky issue of how to screen your garden room from all that sun! Simple strips of unbleached fabric suspended above a line of lights soften the space while the comfort of a saggy sofa and industrial notes like the metal-framed table mix effortlessly for a relaxed feel.
Garden rooms don’t have to be all about glass. This rustic example uses sweet string lighting and indoor trellises to create a patchwork of trailing vines and soft points of light to create a warm and organic feel. A wood floor and mismatched furniture further adds to the relaxed visual style.
Petersham Nurseries is a famous spot to have afternoon tea or even a wedding for good reason. The gorgeous glass houses have a rickety appeal emphasised by the way they are dressed. Mismatched metal bistro furniture in sunny paint colours mix with pots of bright blooms and oversized palms for a style that is relaxed and feels gorgeously summery all year round.
Simple really is often best, as demonstrated by this lovely garden room belonging to the Finnish interiors blogger behind Sommarbacka.fi. The simplicity of the paved floor and painted white walls sum up what we think a garden room should be – an unfussy space into which to escape, read and daydream. A white macramé hammock is obviously a key daydreaming location and a feature that marks out your garden room as a place for contemplation and pleasure.
A garden room – neither quite inside nor outside, is the perfect place to break all the rules. This summer house in Bromley mixes different design eras, styles and ideas for a fun, eclectic space. The chandelier overhead adds a sense that one really is inside, while the collections of postcards and pictures suggest it has been conceived of as a place to express one’s obsessions and celebrate one’s history.
The daddy of them all – the Palm House at Kew Gardens was built to house the exotic palms brought back to England by Victorian explorers, constructed in 1844 by Richard Turner to Decimus Burton’s designs. The ornate metal and glass structure features swirling spiral staircases and balconies, as well as sculptures hidden between the huge palms. Perhaps not on a domestic scale, the innovative and iconic building is nevertheless the blueprint for a glamorous garden room to this day. File under conservatory goals.