Inspirational summer house design ideas

Who doesn’t like the idea of a little retreat at the bottom of the garden or a place to send your teenage children when you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet? We’re sure everyone thinks that sounds a great idea, so we’ve put together five inspirational ideas for the perfect summer house for your garden.

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Pretty in pastel

Your summer house doesn’t have to be painted brown or green – why not select a lovely pastel colour palette to make the space somewhere to relax and enjoy the view? Choose three or four complementary colours and use these for paint, curtains and soft furnishings. Sticking to just a handful of colours will enable you to create a calming space to enjoy.

The beach hut

You don’t have to live by the sea to have a beach hut inspired summer house. The Telegraph has some great ideas for you here – Decorate your summer house in cool blues and stripes to conjure up the feeling of the ocean. Adorn the walls with seaside inspired prints or photographs, start a collection of shells and pebbles, and think about adding a deckchair too.

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Retro chic

Vintage retro is all the rage at the moment, so head out to your local charity shop or auction and pick up a few vintage pieces of furniture, lamps and ornaments. Why not splash out on some bunting and a vintage tea set, bake a cake, and have a tea party?

Cabin in the woods

You may only be a few steps from your back door, but there’s no harm in imagining you’re on a woodland adventure. Go for a rustic interior, with a folding wooden table and chairs, and invest in a lovely blanket or throw to keep you warm as the sun goes down.

For inspiration, why not check out garden summer houses in NI, from a company such as, and take a look at their complete range.

Teenage den

Give your teenage kids some fun, and set up a record player and tape deck for them to play with. Bean bags and oversized cushions will give them a great place to chill with their friends, while keeping them out of your hair too. Alternatively, let them decorate the summer house any way they choose.