Summer houses are distinguishable from sheds not only in their outward appearance, but also in the way they are used and decorated. A shed might make an excellent storeroom for keeping bikes, tools and garden equipment, or it might make the perfect little office or playroom, or a place for keeping and growing plants. A summer house on the other hand, has a more decorative function, as well as being a place for relaxing in the garden and making the most of the fine weather. There is usually no need to decorate the inside of a shed, but the interior of a summer house deserves all the attention it can get. Here are some great ideas and suggestions for decorating garden summer houses.

A comfortable place to relax

Stratford Summer HouseSummer houses and log cabins are a wonderful way of adding more living space to your property, and it’s worth spending as much attention on their interiors as you would your living room and dining room. Unless you are planning to use your summer house as an office or gym, it is likely that the principal function of your summer house will be to provide you with a comfortable space to relax.

Exactly how you go about creating this interior will inevitably depend to a large extent on your own tastes and preferences, but there are some basic principles that apply to summer houses in general, and it’s worth bearing them in mind.

Set the tone

Cambridge summer houseAssuming your summer house has wooden floorboards, it’s a good idea to use a rug on the floor. This can help set the tone for the whole interior, and give the space a welcoming and warming atmosphere, which will be beneficial during the colder months. Both vintage and modern rugs can work well in a summer house interior.

If you are planning to paint the walls, use a simple and fairly light colour scheme if you want to make the space feel more roomy. If you would like the interior to have a cosy and warming atmosphere, try something deeper and darker like burgundy.

Finishing touches

When it comes to choosing summer house furniture and accessories, the key is to choose items that are both practical and attractive. Garden furniture is an obvious choice, but you don’t want anything too flimsy in your summer house. Something substantial and visually appealing like rattan garden furniture is always a good option.

Finally, a great idea for any of the summer houses from is to add pieces of wall art. As a clear expression of your own personal taste, a piece of well-chosen art will give your summer house and an even more special feel, and help to make it an even more enjoyable space to spend time in.

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