Your garden room is an exciting part of your home, and you want to make sure that is designed correctly from the beginning, so you don’t have to worry about the finer details once it is completed. A key feature to consider in your garden room planning stage is the lighting features you are going to have inside your garden room. Light can massively impact the way a room feels and functions, so make sure you know exactly what you want before construction starts!
Natural light is a big component of a garden room, as it can help make a garden room feel bigger than it is. You can achieve this effect by having wide bifold doors, sliding glass doors, or multiple glazed panels or windows in the room. You will need to consider how much privacy your garden room needs when deciding how many windows or how much glazing you want, as more windows can decrease privacy.
If you are using your garden room as an annexe for guests, paid or familial, it is best to have windows or panels towards the rear of your garden room, facing away from the main house. Equally, you can always cover any windows with curtains, but make sure you have other ventilation options for your guests if they want to crack a window open!
If you are limited to a small window, you can make the room seem larger by placing a mirror in the room to reflect the light around. But be safe, and never have direct sunlight falling onto a mirror as this can be a fire hazard.
You can supplement any natural lighting with interior lighting. This can vary from direct down lights, or more discreet LED ambient lighting. If you want to create a focused environment, for an office or kitchen space perhaps, down lights or spotlights are a great addition.
With bright white lightbulbs the light can be direct, perfect over any busy areas. You can always make this light fall across other areas of the room with mirrors too, to help create a balanced and well-lit environment.
For a softer lighting ambience, you can choose from a variety of options. Many of our clients having London garden rooms prefer to have softer lighting in their garden rooms, so they can relax from their busy pace of life. They achieve this through warm light, with no white light, and use wall lights, lamps, or fairy lights.
Wall lights can add light into specific areas of the room, whereas fairy lights are a great way of making a room feel a touch more magical and romantic! A great way of lighting a relaxed date night, cosying up and watching a movie in your garden room cinema.
If you are considering a garden room in London or Essex, contact a member of the team on 01277 414 586 to arrange your free site survey!