5 Must See Garden Room Interior Trends for 2021
25 February 2021

5 Must See Garden Room Interior Trends for 2021

This year’s garden office interior trends have been hugely affected by the pandemic, as you would expect. Just as today’s homes have taken on a new form, so have garden rooms.

From entertaining a small group of friends safely outside to creating the ideal office or temporary home school, garden office interior design has never been more diverse or exciting.

We thought we’d take a look back at our commissions over the last 12 months, introduce you to our newest addition, and explain what we mean by Cottagecore!

So, here are SMART’s 5 must see garden room interior trends for 2021.


  1. Earthy, handsome shades

Dulux announced its Colour of the Year in January as Brave Ground, then Sherwin Williams named Urbane Bronze as its colour for 2021. You could say we’re already ahead of the curve at SMART Garden Offices as we’ve just launched our contemporary garden room aptly named the Evolve range.

Strong, handsome and versatile, the Evolve Garden Room is a nod to a sleek, sophisticated garden office interior and exterior design. Its hand-painted vertical panelling and front overhanging roof is striking in their simplicity. And if 2021’s earthy tones are a favourite of yours, there are a whole host of different colours for you to choose from.

Evolve Garden Room

Our new contemporary garden room range, the Evolve range.

  1. The Home Office as a Focal Point

As many of us made the jump to working from home, there’s been a real switch in how we view our home office space. You only need to visit Pinterest to view the hundreds of inspiring ideas.

One that’s really climbed to the top of the wish list for 2021 is most definitely the contemporary garden room.

Most people want the following three things from a home office – light, peace-and-quiet, comfort, and inspired surroundings. Modern garden offices offer this in abundance.

At SMART Garden Offices, we’ve seen an upward trend in clients with specific garden room interior design ideas. Crisp, clear lines that seamlessly integrate the office into the garden room are almost always at the top of the list. Likewise, having a complimentary outside space adjoined to the garden room is a popular design choice.

Our Affinity range proved to be very popular for clients looking to strike the balance between work and home life during 2020. A stunning feature of this contemporary garden room is the canopy, which provides a perfect place for alfresco working or entertaining.

Exterior of Affinity Range Office

The alfresco area on our Affinity range is perfect for working or entertaining.

  1. Cottagecore

Cottagecore, also known as Farmcore or Countrycore in the garden office interior design world, became all the rage in 2020 and now into 2021. Centred on the beauty of living a simpler life in harmony with nature, it’s no wonder many of our Norfolk and Suffolk clients are keen to bring elements of rural life into their gardens and home.

Our Suffolk Barn range has been just as popular as our more contemporary garden rooms, as those inspired by Pinterest and Instagram look to replicate the Cottagecore feel.

Suffolk Barn Range

One of our customer’s Suffolk Barn offices.

Likewise, the standard interior charm of the light and elegant Temple Folly range is reminiscent of times gone by with its intricate design features and vaulted ceilings.

Art Studio

The Temple Folly range offers a comforting space to relax.


  1. Snug spaces

2020 was there year where we craved additional comfort – spaces where we could retreat to when things became a little overwhelming.  For many of our clients, their main brief was to create a home away from home.

Adding soft and comfortable elements to your contemporary garden room, with a mixture of textures is a great way to make it snug. Carefully placed cable-knitted woollen throws and crisp linen draped over a corner sofa tend to be a firm favourite.

This makes the space feel warm and inviting, a feeling that we all crave in the colder months. As far from a shed as you could possibly get, a SMART Garden Room is purpose-built to use all year round, whatever the weather.

For instance, the Belle, hand-painted in Shale (pictured below) was created for one of our Suffolk based clients for use as a personal retreat.

A blue Belle Range Office

A Smart Office from our Belle Range

All our garden rooms include leading insulation and double-glazed doors and windows. The insulation is placed into all elements of the building; the floor, the walls and the ceiling to ensure excellent thermal retention.


  1. Multipurpose Garden Rooms

Last, and by certainly not least, is the rise in popularity of the multifunctional contemporary garden room.

We absolutely love the design of this 8.5m x 3.2m Belle Garden Room in Emmerson Grey that has been split into a music room and family snug. Installed for one of our clients in Essex, it’s a real focal point of the garden and we’ve been told it has been a life-saver these last few months.

Belle Office Exterior

The perfect example of a multi-functional garden room!

Almost half of our garden room commissions during 2020 were designed for dual-purpose, whether that be an office/yoga space, a gym/entertaining area or a temporary home school.


Discover Your New Garden Office Now

The point is your garden office can be almost anything you want it to be. Your only limit is your imagination.

With over 64 sizes, 7 stunning ranges, and many different interiors and exterior design features to choose from, there’s a SMART Garden Room for everyone. Our clients in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and London will attest to this.

Prices start from just £9,115 (with finance available). Simply browse our catalogue that has pages and pages of beautiful photographs and garden office interior ideas. It’s the perfect place to start planning your contemporary garden room, with full descriptions of all our ranges and additional extras.