Rustic garden rooms can have a farmhouse and olde worlde charm, provided you style the interiors correctly. Of course, the fact your garden room is made of wood means you’re halfway there – especially if the timber is heavy and has a warm appearance such as mahogany rather than light pine.
Wooden fittings and accessories can certainly bring a rustic feel to the garden room, especially major furniture items such as a large writing desk, bookcase or seating. You can also add an industrial theme to really liven things up; including a reclaimed metal hanging pendant light, cafeteria-type metal stools to use as both seating and as plant stands or to sit a table lamp on.
Lighten the heavy industrial look by using plenty of neutral colours such as cream, oatmeal, beiges and light grey. Do this with cushions, curtains, fabric upholstery, pictures and wall paint.
And finally, white candles sitting on window ledges, a rug in front of a wood burner and some jugs of wildflowers will all complete the rustic garden room look perfectly. Take a look at some of our favourite rustic garden rooms from various corners of the internet… If this sparks your imagination, get in touch to chat about your own ideas and we’ll design you a rustic hideaway all of your own!
1) A Designer’s Rest Room
Taking the rustic charm label about as far as it’s possible to go (check out those cute window boxes filled with wildflowers) this gorgeous rustic garden room on wheels sits in the Oxfordshire countryside at the foot of the garden of a local house. Owned by a designer who regards her little hideaway as ‘the epitome of elegant camping,’ she uses her rustic garden room to relax and gain inspiration.
2) A Writer’s Haven
Credit: Wai Ming Ng
The lovely wood-burning stove and unvarnished wooden bookshelves give this room a rustic charm on its own – regardless of the books, butler’s sink and hanging lampshade-free light fittings. The reason for many reference-type books? It’s a writer’s retreat.
3) A Designer’s ‘Solitary Shed’
Sir Paul Smith is no ordinary clothes designer, so it figures that when he gets a rustic garden room built it's going to be something pretty special. Bespoke furniture designer Nathalie de Leval created a single room to sit on the grounds of his house which was built from warm-toned honey-coloured wood. In it sits a chair, radio, red kettle and a colourful oil painting.
The point of it is to give him somewhere to switch off, the designer said. “In today's world where everyone is so busy, I think this is really important and very needed.”
Possibly the best bit of it though is the fact that this rustic garden room actually rotates on casters so that it can follow the sun all year round.
4) A Pretty Woodland Cabin
The porch columns, made from peeled hemlock tree trunks, as well as the random nature of the plank width cladding and metal roof all, give this sweet little rustic garden room an olde worlde charm. The stacked stones on the foundation and pile of chopped wood are the perfect finishing touches. You almost expect some pioneers to go riding past.
5) A Painter’s Rural Idyll
This pretty rustic garden room has been re-invented as an artist’s studio in the South of England by architect Charles Morris and created using reclaimed wood, which adds to its rustic look. So too do the plants, including the wall climber. The modern glass panel doorway doesn’t detract from the rustic look one bit. What it does do is give owner Lady Anne Field plenty of natural light in which to paint – as well as a fabulous view for when she needs inspiration.
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