A summer house carries many benefits. It is a great way to relax in the summer, and also to enjoy your garden in the spring and autumn when it might not be quite warm enough to go outside properly. It can even add to the value of your home. But to get the most out of your summer house, you should definitely make the effort to ensure it is well-decorated and properly cared for.
Painting your Summer House
You may well want to paint your summer house on the inside and the outside, but while interior painting is nice it is the outside that is really important. Painting the outside of a summer house will not just make it look nicer, but will provide protection from the elements and keep the wood in good condition. Ideally, you should choose a product that is designed to deliver in both areas. For example, Linitop Solid is a long-lasting protective wood treatment against the weather, including UV damage, and also comes in a choice of ten different colours.
While interior wood surfaces do benefit from some level of protective treatment, painting the interior of a summer house is essentially optional. Even so, painting the interior walls in an attractive colour can help make your summer house a pleasant environment and make it feel more like an extension of your home. Light shades and natural colours such as green and blue tend to work best, as these help the inside of your summer house to feel spacious and more closely connected with the great outdoors.
There are very few rules to choosing summer house furniture. Choose whatever you want, according to your personal tastes and the way you intend to use your summer house. This is one of the best ways to stamp your own personality on the summer house’s décor.
There are a few guidelines worth following, though. Seating is the one really essential thing, and make sure you choose chairs that are comfortable as well as good-looking. You want to be able to relax in your summer house after all. As for types of furniture, you may well find that conservatory furniture fits in best. As long as you keep the summer house in good repair so that the elements stay outside, though, there is no reason you can’t use interior furniture if you feel it fits.
In some ways, you should treat your summer house like an extra room in your home. It is likely that most rooms in your home have had more effort go into their décor than paint on the walls and a few items of furniture and, if you want to create a truly personal space, there is little reason for your summer house to be any different.
There are a few ways in which your options for little extras may be more limited than in your main home. For example, unless you go all-out in fitting out your summer house you are not likely to have many surfaces to display ornaments on. You are also unlikely to want to keep anything very valuable in your summer house, both because it is less secure and because it will be at greater risk from damp and temperature changes. However, other options such as hanging art prints or a decorative clock on the wall are still great ways to personalise the space.