You’ve got yourself a gorgeous garden room, so the construction and installation phase is finally over. Now, it’s time to get creative and design a stylish interior without breaking the bank. If you don’t have any previous interior design experience, this is nothing to worry about. Of course, any kind of design has its dos and don’ts, and coordinating all the colors and decor without going overboard can be frustrating at times. This article will take you through the basics, so you can get to decorate right away without having to hire an interior designer.
Materials on a Budget
Before you go spend a ton of money in a home decor store, consider that buying second-hand will not only help keep to a certain budget, but also unveil a whole world of decor options. We all know the saying „one man’s trash is another man’s treasure“, in this case „trash“ being unique one-of-a-kind vintage pieces like vases or crockery, or antique mirrors with intricate frames.
Repurposing old items to fit in with the new interior is one of the most fun parts of the process. A great piece of advice is to get yourself a few cans of spray paint. It doesn’t seem like much, but a coat of paint can really refresh a piece of furniture and make it look brand new. The same goes for upholstery: let’s say you have a perfectly good armchair, but, unfortunately, it just doesn’t fit in, or has an outdated style. Instead of buying a whole new armchair, you’ll have hundreds of fabrics to choose from for the new upholstery. While we’re on the topic of fabric, this is also something you should be looking for while thrifting. For example, if you need some new curtains, some thrift shops sell second-hand fabrics in all sorts of colors and patterns. In case you don’t find anything that particularly fits your concept, deadstock fabric stores will be the ace up your sleeve. These stores have a huge variety of textiles that are in great condition, and, best of all, they are all discounted.
Handmade DIY furniture can make your interior truly authentic. Recycle old wood by making shelves or stools. Turn a piece of old plywood into a board for hanging notes, so you can always add some reminders to keep track of your day.
Interior style: Maximalism vs Minimalism
Before going material and décor hunting, it’s always better to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve. Making a mood board is a great place to start. Find pictures of pieces and try putting them together to check if they will look good in real life. Look for new décor ideas, inspiration, and DIY crafts on Pinterest that you can later incorporate into the garden room interior.
If you can’t decide on a specific style, figure out if you’re leaning towards minimalism or maximalism. These two styles are total opposites, and both, if done correctly, can look amazing in any interior. While minimalism is all about keeping things clean and simple, maximalism involves an abundance of colors and decor. The choice really depends on your personal style preference. If you’re more into something functional and effortless, take a look at Scandinavian-style interiors. But if that’s too simple for you, Art Deco has a more maximalist approach with many patterns and textures.
You might have noticed that some interiors have plenty of colors that may seem a bit random, but for some reason, they work great together. Well, the reason behind this is a color theory that explains how to combine shades and tones using a color wheel. The color wheel can be divided into a couple of categories: cool and warm tones, complementary, and analogous colors. As soon as you research these terms, a color wheel will be your number one aid. Sticking to neutral tones is a classic, but you might end up with a plain and boring interior. Playing safe with color choices means missing out on many fun and visually pleasing options and opportunities. A good piece of advice to get a pop of color without ending up with a whole rainbow is to choose neutrals for the walls and ceiling and make a statement by adding a bright accent wall, or even putting some colorful vases and candles here and there. Garden rooms are usually quite small, so it’s better to stay away from using too many dark shades, as this can make the space seem even smaller.