Easily Get the Aussie Beach House Look – 7 Breezy Updates
Beach interiors generally use natural materials and textures to create a beachy style in the living areas of a home, but there are a few items that are consistently Australian. This could be native hardwood tree trunk stools, upholstery with Australian native flora and fauna motifs, or wool throws for cool evenings. Other more universal items may include, untreated or recycled floorboards, rugs that can stand up to sand and foot traffic, rustic timbers, seascape artwork, textured linens and natural cottons.
Aussie beach-house living is relaxed and laid-back and this should be imitated in the kitchen. Make yours airy, light and practical with a neutral palette and perhaps incorporated features of timber for the cabinetry. For the walls, it’s as simple as adding slatted cladding coloured white.
It’s paramount that any bedroom facing east has some kind of blind or block-out curtain. And if you are lucky enough to have views then absolutely maximise them, but only during the day. In the summer months you will be up at dawn if you don’t block out the rising sun. Plantation shutters will ensure a casual, beachy note and will give the full block-out you’ll need for weekend lie-ins.
Some Australian designers are generating beautiful natural linen bedding and accessories, perfect for a relaxed beach bedroom. Scour op-shops and the internet for vintage quilts to add some quirkiness and colour. Or accessorise with acid tones to brighten up a room, just don’t go overboard – choose only one or two items to put against a more natural scheme.
Beautify the bathroom
The temptation these days is to rip everything out and start again. However, if you have vintage pieces in your home, refurbish them rather than replacing. Retro features add to the Aussie beach-house vibe, as many such houses were built in the ’50s and ’60s. So just reglaze and resurface sinks and tubs to freshen up these hardworking pieces.
White timber cladding, combined with turquoise colours, lends a natural and relaxed coastal feel to this bathroom, bringing the outdoors in.
Consider metal cladding
Corrugated iron is typically Australian and can be used to add practical and aesthetic detailing to a house – or even just to a shed, roof or fence. It’s sustainable, lightweight, strong and durable, and has a proud history in Australian coastal designs.
The trend for outdoor entertaining is never more credible than when you are at a beach house.The essentials for hosting friends or family for an alfresco meal can be as simple as a barbecue and a great outdoor dining setting, or a more extravagant outdoor kitchen and entertaining area, complete with an amazing fire pit. Whatever you choose, just make sure the furniture is durable and weather-proof.