Designing rooms for the garden

by Carolyn Andrews 06/30/2024

Photo of a garden path with rocks and succulents

As the line between indoor and outdoor spaces continues to blur, designers have begun to refer to rooms for the garden. Separating an outdoor living space into rooms might seem confusing at first, but numerous homeowners and gardeners have been using many of the same concepts already without realizing it.

So, what are garden rooms, and how can you build one of your own? Here are some of the basics to know:

What is a garden room?

At the most basic level, a garden room is an area of your outdoor space dedicated to a specific activity. Many homeowners and garden designers choose to designate specific "zones" to their spaces for things like dining, cooking, relaxation or entertaining company. A garden room takes this same concept and frames it in interior design terminology.

Components of an outdoor garden room

Garden rooms start with an intended purpose. Do you want a place for children to play, a quiet spot to relax, or a sanctuary for dining with guests? Let this decision guide your design choices. Next, consider the "planes" of a garden room:

  • The ground plane or floor.
  • The vertical plane or walls.
  • The overhead plane or ceiling.

Just like when designing an interior space, you'll want to think about all these dimensions combined. The ground plane could be grass, gravel, pavers or a wooden deck. Walls can come from structures like pergolas, or natural dividers like hedges and trees. For the ceiling, decide if you want an arbor, umbrella or anything else between you and the open sky.

Express your personality with a unique interior design

Outdoor rooms offer an exceptional opportunity to exercise your personal creativity and truly use your outdoor living area the way you want to. Bring your favorite interior design trends outdoors - choose a focal point, establish flow and create a mood.

Experiment with color schemes when choosing elements like plants, flowers and outdoor furniture. Mix different textures and scale of plants to achieve the desired effect. The possibilities are endless.

If you're ready to start building your own outdoor garden rooms, keep these basics in mind as a starting point. Whether you create an invigorating spot for your morning coffee or a mysterious, secluded nook for gathering around a fire pit, use your personal style to guide your next great garden room idea.

About the Author

Carolyn Andrews

Carolyn Andrews has over 30 years licensed Brokerage experience in both California and Colorado. Born in England, Carolyn moved to California in 1980, then relocated to Denver, Colorado in 1991. Carolyn has also received recognition for Top Sales at RE/MAX Alliance Aurora in 2007-2008 and is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame & Chairman’s Club, as well as a recipient of the ReMax Lifetime Achievement Award. Carolyn has sold over 2000 homes personally in her career. Carolyn has been actively involved in many aspects of the Real Estate business including investment property, luxury homes, mountain resort property, skiin/ski out, REO/default management, loss mitigation, valuations, and disposition. She has been a speaker and panelist at several conferences and has been consulted on many occasions by various organizations in the REO/financial industries for her expertise and served on many boards. She has attended numerous ongoing classes to stay abreast of changes in the ever-evolving Real Estate industry. She is the prior State Director for Colorado for VAREP(Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals). She is a member of 3 boards of Realtors including Metro Denver, Colorado Springs and Summit County mountain areas. She heads up The Andrews Group and is or has been an active member of NAR, CAR,REOMAC, CIPS, CRS, AREAA, NAPW, NAHREP, and is an original member of the ELITEReal Estate network. She was ranked #1 for most homes sold in Denver 2007 by Denver Board of Realtors, #2 for 2008, and #2 for 2009, #5 in 2010 and #4 in 2011 and has been consistently in the top 10 ever since. Carolyn Andrews has been a top rated Endorsed Local Provider for the Dave Ramsey Organization and also a Top Producing agent for 2018 for the Homelight Company.