You may have dreamt of your own special space many times before realizing that it doesn’t have to be miles away but just at the end of the garden.
There’s nothing more relaxing in the summertime than enjoying a cool drink in the shade from the midday heat. In this case, a summer house would be the perfect outdoor retreat. It can serve a multitude of purposes – whether you choose to transform it into a guest room, living space, studio for crafting activities, or simply a personal oasis, a summer house can adapt to each and every preference and need.
As often described, “a home away from home” helps you connect with nature, find your calm, and unwind. The daily challenges at work to which the overwhelming heat of the summer is added only make you wish for a moment of respite. But for this to be possible, even a secluded space in the garden needs to be appropriately decorated.
That’s why we’ve rounded up some valuable tips on how to create a serene summer house:
Invoke calm with a rustic décor
Your décor doesn’t have to be extravagant to feel cozy. Solid wood furniture and natural fabrics like linen and cotton play a significant role in creating a stylish and welcoming space. Naturalness will always go hand in hand with elegance, so if you want a comfy but at the same time sophisticated space, don’t be afraid to add wooden furniture and rustic touches. Earthy tones like cream, marigold, burnt sienna brown, and terracotta are excellent for an eye-catching effect.
Pay also attention to mosquitos – you don’t want these ruthless tiny insects to interfere with your calmness. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about ruining your beautiful rustic design with a net. Now you can choose from a variety of mosquito nets made from natural fabrics that will only add personality to your bedroom. You can opt for a mosquito net for beds that effectively combine protection with refinement.
Choose materials carefully
Materials are also of paramount importance, especially when it comes to summer heat. Therefore, opt for natural and breathable fabrics for your bed linen – the last thing you want is to wake up in a sweat. The quality of your leisure time depends, among others, on the quality of your bedding, so make sure you choose natural fabrics in this regard. Besides comfort, these kinds of materials make for great rustic décor.
Consider a kitchenette
Why not take your summer house to the next level if your space allows it? Just imagine how helpful a kitchenette would be: preparing fresh summer dishes and lunching with your best friends or family is now possible. You don’t have to traipse back to the main house to serve your guests a drink – they can wait on the terrace while you prepare a fresh cocktail or coffee right next to them.
You don’t have to use the whole space for this; two or three cabinets with some shelving plus a mini-fridge and sink would be more than enough. Now, you can play with colors and textures and adapt your kitchenette to the style of the entire space.
Choose a glass roof
Summer houses should be just as comfy as the main ones, but with more greenery and light. After all, you look for blending it into the outside space, right? So, our advice would be to opt for a glass roof that will provide light no matter the weather and make you feel like you’re one with nature. On a rainy day, you can enjoy the calming sound of raindrops, so even if you’re not outside on the terrace, you’ll still benefit from the healing power of nature. And let’s not forget that you can bring Van Gong’s Starry Night right into your space – a glass roof will make stargazing an out-of-this-world experience.
You can choose from various roofs, from roof lanterns to glass panels, so picking something that best suits your taste shouldn’t be challenging.
Lay an inviting footpath
Think about your summer house as the focal point in your garden. In this case, you need to emphasize it properly, and one of the best ways to do that is by laying a welcoming footpath along the way. You can, of course, play with textures, but for a natural look, we recommend choosing a stone garden path. If your summer house is surrounded by greenery, a stepping-stone walkwaywould fit perfectly. But there are many possibilities, depending on your preferences, needs, and of course, budget. Among the most popular choices of homeowners are stone, mulch, brick, and wooden walkways.
You can enhance the area by planting flowers around, like Begonia, Azalea, and Black-eyes Susan. This eye-catching contrast between the pathway stone and the flowers’ colorfulness will take your guests’ breath away.
Build a home cinema
If you’re looking to have a night out but in, but out… (you get it), nothing would be more pleasing than a home cinema. We know it sounds complex, but it’s not. It’s pretty easy to build a garden cinema hall – all you need is a projector, some speakers, and a large screen. If you already have them, great, you can start the party! If not, it’s never too late to invest in such equipment. It will be a long-term investment if you enjoy movies and series. Now, the summer nights can transform into a real movie marathon.
Pay attention to colors
Never forget about the colors – they tell more about your personality than you can imagine. You already know how difficult it is to pick the right colors for your main house, but it shouldn’t be so in the case of your garden oasis. Choose peaceful shades that go along with the surroundings, maybe a leafy green or a serene blue. Consider adding small but vibrant touches like lavender, neon orange, or yellow – they will add personality and make your design stand out.
Did you enjoy our recommendations? We hope this article is the next inspiration for your summer house.0