15 September, 2012
The most interesting rooms mix cultures and periods. I love an unexpected mix of styles, colours and patterns in a room. There is a lot of cookie cutter decorating out there so you want to create spaces that are unique and individual that truly represent you and your family.
A beach house should reflect your interests, favourite sports and hobbies. By decorating with furniture, artwork, accessories and hobbies that you love this will add character and warmth to your home and give it individuality. My house is decorated with 3 vintage surfboards which reflects my husband's passion for surfing and the very reason why we live by the beach.
The juxtaposition of humble and fine materials creates intrigue and keeps a room feeling interesting and exciting. I love the mix of the limewashed timber bed, the driftwood fish and the vintage oar against the crisp white linen and the bright aqua throw. The combination of these elements really makes the room really pop.
Round shapes, such as the living room's drum shade, coffee table and ottoman make a space feel inviting. They soften the edges of a room and make a house more lovable and livable.
Stay away from large pieces upholstered in a bold color or busy pattern — it will make a room feel heavier, more enclosed and you are more likely to get sick of it sooner. Choose a sofa in neutral colour that will stand the test of time and can be easily updated or freshened up with new throws and scatter cushions.
First impressions count! I think you need to make a strong statement in entry halls — to give an indicator of what you'll expect to see in the rest of the house. You want your guests to feel excited and intrigued from the moment they walk in the door!
Little surprises keep a house from becoming too serious, afterall a beach house is designed for fun, entertaining and relaxation. Select some pieces with a sense of humour or an unexpected twist to lighten the mood of the house.