It’s that time of year when we’re daring to believe that finer weather is finally on its way, and dreaming about long, lovely summer evenings out of doors.
Well, maybe soon! In this country, of course, we know better than to rely on the weather, and we’ve made living outside inside into something of an art thanks to lovely garden rooms.
Even the most simple of conservatories can extend your home at a very reasonable cost, and with a few precautions they can be a superb extension of your living space.
Whether you have a conservatory, a half-brick garden room or a vault-roofed orangery (increasingly popular in recent years), a room of many windows looking out onto a lovely garden can truly create a feeling of space.
Add folding doors that can be flung back when the weather is right, and you can truly bring the outdoors inside, creating a seamless join with your green space.
One good tip for blending your outdoor and indoor space and creating an impression of extra space is to keep the flooring similar or even the same. Rustic tiling flooring, for example (frost-proof, of course) can look stylish with the right ethnic rug.
To make the most of this sort of room, remember it will still be particularly sensitive to the weather so you will need to consider some heating for colder months and good, made to measure blinds for the summer, to afford privacy and to ensure shade.
Furnishings and accessories need to be carefully chosen, too, to help create that flow of space.
Natural-looking materials work well here – we like versatile furniture such as the Tatton lounge suite from Barker and Stonehouse, which is robust enough to use outside but would look great in a tiled garden room.
The cute squirrel tweed cushion from White Stuff would add an appropriately nature-themed touch, and Occa-Home’s amazing Lene Bjerre Clara bench could look perfectly in place.
Talking of funky seating, we love Barker and Stonehouse’s Trelawny hanging chair, fabulously retro and totally in keeping the outdoor/indoor vibe. You could continue the theme with Rowen and Wren’s little hanging pots, which are great for displaying greenery.
We also love it when customers tell us how well a wooden venetian Made To Measure Blind has provided natural beauty and warm ambience, complementing or contrasting with their wooden flooring.
The superb range here provides ample opportunity to find a perfect match for your flooring or to discover how best to make a bold statement in an otherwise minimalist room.
If you have a large conservatory and are conscious of going over budget, roller blinds might be the best choice.
They are very economical, easy to install and easy to clean and maintain. They provide a great return on purchase value with years of enjoyment.
Your garden room can also make a lovely place to dine, even a deux – and on that topic we are very taken with Tesco’s pretty little bistro table and chairs, which could move outdoors on sunny days.
So remember to keep furnishings light and bright in accordance with all that lovely light flooding in, get your basics right in the shape of blinds and heating, and your garden room will be a real asset to your home all year round. Whatever the weather!