5 summer house interior ideas to copy this weekend (they work for sheds, too)

Get your garden heatwave ready with these lovely summer house interior ideas...

Summer house interior ideas
(Image credit: Colin Poole)

Looking for summer house interior ideas? Whether you have a garden room, a summer house, a shed or just want to be inspired by some lovely looks, we have you covered. With the weather looking to be finally improving now is the time to start up your outdoor DIY projects again and give your summer house/shed the glow up it deserves! 

The longer warmer evenings make it such a nice time to sit in your outdoor buildings, drink in hand – so what better time as ever to spend a bit of your weekend styling yours up? These summer houses are so dreamy you could definitely also use the ideas indoors – so let them inspire your living room revamps too!

For more garden ideas, head over to our feature next and if you want more advice on garden rooms check out that piece too. 

1. Bring indoor furniture into your summer house 

Summer house interiors

(Image credit: Jody Stewart)

Easiest way to make your summerhouse more inviting? Go and have a look around your house and see what pieces could find a new home outside. Treat your summerhouse (or shed that's being transformed into a summerhouse) as you would a living room. Put down rugs, move in a sofa or armchair, repurpose vintage storage pieces, you can even put up pictures to make it even more homely. In this summerhouse they have even hung a chandelier! 

If you want to see more of this gorgeous space, be sure to take a tour around the rest of this country farmhouse


2. Pick pretty pastel paints 

Summer house interior ideas

(Image credit: Colin Poole)

See we told you some of these summerhouse interior ideas could be copied in your home! Your summer house might not look as glorious as this one, but you can still give it an update with a lick of paint. We love this lovely duck egg blue, it such a nice colour to bring into a garden as it works so nicely with natural greens. Go on, spend this weekend, painting the inside of your shed in a lovely pastel hue, you won't regret it!

If you are after the best paint for exterior wood, make sure you check out our guide. And make sure you check out the rest of this gorgeous lakeside summerhouse

3. Add plenty of personality 

Summer house interiors

(Image credit: Jody Stewart)

The key to making a shed or summerhouse feel more like an extra part of your house is to fill it with personality. Put up shelves and hang things from the walls to add lots of colour and pattern. Pick prints that work with the colour scheme you are going for and add accents of that colour in the soft furnishings too, to bring the whole look together. 

4. Go for a contemporary style summerhouse 

As much as we love traditional summerhouse interiors, if you prefer a more modern look get inspired by @our_wee_country_cottage_. We love the cool-toned flooring (top tip: pop vinyl flooring down in your summer house) and the grey ceilings. The larger plants make it cosier and add some texture as do the cushions and the rug. Honestly, this summer house looks more stylish than our living rooms!

5. Build a DIY open sided summerhouse

Don't have a summerhouse? You can build your own! Or build something similar anyway. We are big fans of @dee.campling's summerhouse and the extension she has added using a pergola like structure and plastic roofing covered in reed screening. The 'interiors' are so gorgeous too – paint an old leather sofa and add plenty of rugs, plants and decorations to create a similar boho feel. 

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Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer before moving to the Livingetc team in 2021 where she took on a role as Digital Editor. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration. When she isn't writing about interiors, she is renovating her own spaces – be it wallpapering a hallway, painting kitchen cupboards or converting a van.