The new spare rooms: Sheds have never been so upmarket

Artisans are using them as studios and gardeners are adorning them with flowers.

The shed has never had it so good — but, then, I am a true devotee. My husband, Dave, and I inherited a very tired shed when we bought our house in Guildford, Surrey.

It came with no door and a roof that was caving in and I immediately loved it. Dave is a skilled DIY-er so he got to work fixing it up and I stained the exterior with Tudor Black Oak wood stain by Ronseal. 

Garden glamour: A summer house in Surrey. Sheds are a brilliant way to add extra space and value to your property

Now, six years, later, I have written Shed Style, which I hope will inspire others to join the shed gang. I gather my inspiration from visiting my favourite gardens.

The interior of ours is quite rustic. I have pinned up botanical posters and I like to display my second-hand tools, which I find at car boot sales and charity shops, on rusty hooks. 

I use a vintage French metal table outside with an array of potted up plants mixed with wooden crates and lanterns to give the exterior some charm. So here are some ideas for your own perfect shed…

The Summer House

When I think about summer houses, I often imagine a calming interior, somewhere to cool off, relax and unwind.

To create a tranquil space, use a muted colour palette, soft naturals, off-white and delicate grey mixed with natural elements such as seagrass rugs or carpet. 

For a romantic style, use a selection of antique and vintage French furniture, which can be found at fairs and flea markets. 

If your space is roomy enough, add a sofa or daybed and some cushions.

Where to get it: Malvern summer houses from, £2,140, malverngardenbuildings.

Recycled Retreat

If you love the idea of recycling old building materials, you could have a go at constructing your own garden retreat. 

Or have fun sourcing the materials from salvage yards then commissioning a builder to put it all together.

Another option is to give an existing building some recycled style by cladding the interior walls with, say, wood saved from delivery pallets. 

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