Learn the Secret to Setting up Fabulous Summer HousesJanuary 4, 2013
Last modified: June 14, 2018With plenty of planning and creativity, summer houses can be incredible buildings that you'll love and enjoy for years.
Summer houses are usually considered to be a luxury item and you need to treat them as such, especially when you are trying to decide on how to decorate and improve them. The process is easy, especially if you can afford to have everything you want installed. If not, you can opt to construct most of these items and furnishings on your own. The Internet is full of schematics and guides on how you can do this, so the process should be rather straightforward.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that a relaxing summer house does not necessarily have to be outfitted with the latest gadgets, electric blinds, heated floors and big TV sets. People usually appreciate good taste above all else, and summer houses are no exception. Choosing a minimalistic approach can be a good idea, if you apply it correctly. Above all else, never forget that the purpose of such a garden building is to provide you, your family, and your friends with a nice, quiet place to relax.
In many countries, it is illegal for people to live permanently in summer houses. Therefore, you should not attempt to set up such a building as a second home. This spares you the need to have more than one room, or to install facilities such as wardrobes, toilets or kitchens. What you should focus on are items that allow you to relax, regardless if they are simple rocking chairs or a high-end TV set and gaming consoles.
More and more people nowadays are opting for a more rustic décor, where they use antiques to decorate their summer houses. Your local antiques store is bound to have some nice decorative objects in store, as well as tables, chairs, small closets and vanity mirrors. Spreading these relatively-inexpensive items around the summer house will make you feel more at home, and will allow you to entertain your guests in a distinguished atmosphere.
Most often, the details will make up the bulk of any impressions your guests may form of your house. For instance, replacing a standard doorknob with an antique or vintage one could give your doors a more refined appearance, even though they are as modern and secure as they get. Again, there is no clear recipe for how to do this. You just have to try several variations on this theme, and then choose the one that you are most comfortable with.
If your summer house features a bathroom and a shower, you could experiment with ways to replace the standard shower curtains. Using acrylic or glass doors will take you a long way, especially if you are interested in a more modern look. If you favor a classical style, you could try to find some small barn doors that can still be reconditioned, and use them to replace the boring curtains. This will require some skill to implement, but the result is stunning.
When you find yourself lacking some storage space for small items, you could try installing a pegboard on one of the walls of your summer house. Painting the pegboard will allow it to blend right in with the tone of your room, while still providing a lot of functionality. This is especially useful if you have a small summer chicken, but not enough space for all the utensils you need.
Do not be afraid to experiment with various types of objects, materials and finishes when decorating summer houses. You would be surprised at the beauty that comes out of combinations you would have never thought possible. Paint, wallpaper, plastic, wood and metal are your friends. A good tip to follow is to take small samples of these materials, go inside your summer house, and then figure out how they would best complement each other.
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