Though many of us genuinely adore plants, our love of greenery expresses itself in fairly restrained ways. We dress our living rooms up with the occasional Fiddle Leaf Fig, we incorporate a cactus or two into our bedrooms, and maybe—just maybe—we line our window sills with dainty little succulents. We purchase a couple of low maintenance plants to use as decorative accents, and we stop there. But some green thumbs have taken their plant obsessions to new levels of intense by dedicating full rooms to them and starting a veritable trend in the process. In 2020, no plant parent's home is complete without at least one garden room—and no Instagram feed is complete without a ton of photos of them.
The garden room is decidedly straightforward: It’s a room dedicated to greenery. But this concept can be—and has been—interpreted in a number of ways. For some, a garden room is little more than a greenhouse, usually complete with a few chairs that beckon you to spend all day reading there. For others, a garden room is a plant-filled living room, or bedroom, or sun room. It can take the shape of any space in your house, really, so long as it’s filled to the brim with greenery. And for some others, garden rooms don’t have any plants in them at all. Instead, they’re loaded with windows that let in natural light and stunning views of the greenery that surrounds them. So long as greenery is the focal point in some form or fashion, your space fits the garden room bill.
The garden room is decidedly straightforward: It’s a room dedicated to greenery. But this concept can be—and has been—interpreted in a number of ways.
The trend is a beautiful one. But it’s not one you have to integrate into your space. For many of us, ogling the most stunning garden rooms Instagram has to offer—while tending to the one or two plants we’ve purchased—is enough. But if you’re among the few who feel thoroughly inspired to transform a room of your house into a straight-up forest, consider this an open invitation to do so.