Since the garden room is a kind of half-way house between the main living area and the garden, it is best to choose furniture that is weatherproof and lightweight or stackable. It can then be easily taken in or out of the garden or cleared quickly into the living area when, for instance, the garden room is to be used for a summer evening party. Furniture in a wide range suitable for garden and garden room use is made from materials including wrought iron, plastic, timber and wickerwork.
Walls. Unglazed wall areas of the garden room may be left unplastered and treated with a coloured emulsion wash or — to add to the insulation — clad with timber or plastic cladding materials.
Flooring. Particularly if the garden room contains plants in a staging arrangement or individual containers, the floor must be easily swept and cleaned; falling petals and leaves and occasional spillage of soil have to be reckoned with. Ceramic tiles contribute to the effect of an inner patio and can be matched on the walls. Vinyl tiles or sheet vinyl are among other possibilities. Lighting. An outside light to illuminate the garden and, into the garden room itself. Recessed ceiling lights and spotlighting of special features, perhaps a mural or Mediterranean pottery and a group of flowering plants (but beware of scorching them), can make of the garden room a place to linger in on a summer’s night decoration scheme.
You may wish the garden room to have the effect of flowing unbroken from the main living area, in which case colours, patterns and textures should complement those of the living area, or you may prefer it to have a completely different and rustic personality. That is a matter of choice. But if the garden room’s main attribute is its plant display, the colours of flowers and variegated foliage are best shown off against a neutral background.