Hosting guests in your home can be stressful, having to clean and tidy every inch of the house before your guests arrive, including your bedrooms and bathrooms. It can be difficult to share your home with guests staying overnight, which has led many homeowners to invest in a garden room to host their family and friends. There are many ways you can design your guest annexe garden room to make your guests feel at home, but here are some of our top tips to make your garden room as cosy as possible in these Winter months.

  1. Warm Lighting

The key element to creating any cosy space is to master the lighting you have in that room. In your garden room, you can choose to have a wide variety of lighting options, with skylights, downlights and spotlights all being great options. To create a warm ambience, using downlights or spotlights with warm bulbs can help to create a soft lighting effect -which you would not get if you used white lightbulbs. If you want brighter lighting in the daytime, you can choose to have a dimming switch for the lights in the annexe, so your guests can control the brightness of the lights in the room according to their mood.

  1. Soft Furnishings

A great way to create a welcoming ambience is to have soft furnishings around the room. If you have a sofa in your guest annexe, put throw cushions and soft blankets over the back of the sofa, to make the room seem inviting and warm. You can use fabric stools, pouffes and beanbags to create soft sitting areas to soften the room too. This can be a great way of introducing some dark tonal colours to the room too, which can complement lighter furniture you may have in annexe.

  1. Colour Scheme

There are many different colour schemes you can use in your garden room, which all create different ambiences and moods. To create a cosy ambience, it is best to use a mix of light and dark colours, to avoid the room seeming too dark or too bright. Using a feature wall with a statement dark colour, like blue or green, can help to create a certain theme in your room, and introduce a focus point that light can be directed towards and reflected out from.

  1. Spacious Bathroom

If you are going to be renting out your annexe to paying guests, it is best to opt for a larger bathroom rather than a smaller ensuite. If you provide more space in the bathroom so that it can entertain a bath, your guests will be able to fully relax and not feel like they are staying in just a guest room. You can decorate the additional space with candles or houseplants to add a welcoming and relaxing touch!

If you are considering a garden room, contact Hawksbeck Garden Rooms today on 01277 414586 to arrange your free site survey now.