Whether you use your summerhouse for relaxing, working, entertaining or partaking in a hobby, our simple styling tips will ensure you get the most out of your space.
Make sure your seating is comfortable so you can while away the hours here completely relaxed. Use additional scatter cushions and throws to add character as well as cosiness to your space. A day bed or chaise longue means you can also lie down to read or snooze whilst folding chairs can be used and neatly stored in your summerhouse and taken outside if needed.
Lighting the mood
From a desk lamp to fairy lights, candelabras to solar lamps, lighting can have a big impact on the style of your summerhouse. Think about the inside and outside of your garden building to create a welcoming and cosy ambiance. Solar lights positioned within the plants and shrubs outside the summerhouse will ensure it looks fantastic from a distance whilst functional lighting inside will mean you can extend the time you spend here in spring and autumn evenings at dusk and beyond.
Getting the hang of it
A very quick and easy way to add personality to your summerhouse is with picture frames. As well as family portraits, use pictures that evoke great memories such as relatives’ black and white wedding pictures, nostalgic snaps of family holidays or days out. You don’t have to stick with photographs though. Why not choose something that reflects how you will use your space? For example, if you will be relaxing in your summerhouse enjoying your garden then hang floral postcards or if you’re creating a reading nook use inspiring literary quotes.
Make your summerhouse as individual as you are by filling it with your own handmade items or pick up individual pieces from craft fairs and markets.
Bring the outdoors inside with a selection of plants and flowers. Macramé plant hangers are back in vogue having originally risen to popularity in the 70s. Constructed from knotted materials such as rope or yarn these plant pot holders allow you to hang greenery without losing shelf or floor space. These days they?re available in a host of shades from traditional neutrals to more modern bright and even neon colours. Or why not make your own with a succulent planted into a painted terracotta pot for an on-trend addition to your space? Also consider bringing in fresh cut scented flowers from your garden casually arranged in jugs or jam jars. Good examples are roses, peonies, stocks or sweet Williams.
Mix it up
Use a selection of different fabrics and textiles throughout your summerhouse. Consider paper wall hangings, woollen throws, jute accessories and tweed soft cushions. Rugs can also make a huge difference and instantly create a homely feel welcoming you in to the cosy space.
But above all, the most important thing to consider when styling your summerhouse is making the space usable. You need to look forward to spending time in your retreat and feel comfortable and content when you are there.