Top Tips to Designing and Organising your Granny Annexe 

You can get different types of Granny Annexe packages through different providers such as a ‘fully fitted’ out Granny Annexe, alongside ‘structure only’. If you don’t want the extra time spent on sorting out the mains services, kitchen, bathroom, electrics, plumbing, and flooring: the ‘fully fitted’ package would be the perfect choice. If you want a fresh start, you may be better suited to the ‘structure only’ annexe as you will be able to decide on everything separately, based on your specific needs. Either type of Annexe you purchase, you will want to decorate and organise it depending on your personal taste; but you may just need some ideas on how to do so…

Use Your Space Wisely

Storage boxes and cupboards will be your new favourite things. You will want to make the most of the space you’re given, and rather than cluttering your annexe, you can use all the counter cupboards, nooks, and crannies that you can possibly find. Ever seen a bin being pulled out from a cupboard door? Pull-out shelves? Under bed/sofa storage? All these things are possible with your Annexe; new or old.

Colour Schemes for a Granny Annexe

It’s expected for you to want your annexe to really feel like a home, and sorting out your colour schemes will make a perfect start. For some of the rooms in the annexe, you may feel the need for a separate look as they provide you with different sides of living. For example, a bedroom may be in need of more relaxing, subtle colours; whereas you may want to go for more of a deeper colour range in the kitchen to avoid any visually obvious mess that may come from cooking. Once you decide on your colour scheme, you can then match up things like utensils, pieces of furniture, and other house essentials. For inspiration, Pinterest is a great resource to use as you can view different colour palettes you search in numerous different rooms.

Less is More

Sometimes a minimalist option is the best option for your Annexe. It’s only one floor, so you won’t want to overcrowd the space you’ve got, with crazy patterns and furnishings. A simple look will give you the relaxing, homely feeling you desire for your Granny Annexe. This will be the combination of picking your colour scheme and making use of your space wisely. Certain furnishings can really open up the room if you pick the right colour and something that can contain other things like spices, blankets, DVDs, toiletries, etc.


When looking for affordable, useful, aesthetic new pieces to place in your annexe, stores such as IKEA, Home Sense, TK Maxx, Dunelm, and Home Bargains, supply some great home essentials that you may have been missing out on!

  • Consider lighting options that sit close to the ceiling – these will open up the space in your annexe even more. 
  • Vases
  • Indoor plants
  • Curtains/Blinds
  • Hanging decorations
  • Kitchenware
  • Cushions
  • Storage boxes
  • Rugs
  • Art

A home is what you make it, but Norwegian Log can provide you with a starting ground for your perfect annexe home. Take a look at their ‘structure only’ and ‘fully fitted package’ annexes to find the platform to fit your needs, so you can begin planning, designing, and organising your own granny annexe home.