When I watched “500 Days of Summer,” I expected the movie to involve year-round sun, surf and sand, and only thirty minutes in did I realize it was a jaded movie meant for the heartbroken and disillusioned. 365 days of summer wouldn’t be too bad when it comes to indoor comfort, but since it’s practically impossible I decided to take matters into my own hands: I adopted a beach theme for my home! You yourself will see beach-themed houses stand out in the neighbourhood; there’s a point to the interior décor, though, at least if you’re living in one.
First things first: make sure your design plans comply with local standards, especially if you’d be doing some renovations. With that out of the way, let’s consider a few ideas to get you started.
- You’ll be amazed how lighting affects indoor ambiance. Express blinds neatly do the trick, especially for windows facing the sunnier side of the day. I recommend Venetian blinds, though, a staple of beach houses. Venetian blinds regulate instead of block light, and the design is also in-tune with the interior décor.
- If there’s one thing beach-themed rooms should emulate, then it should suggest wide open spaces. Or emit a sense there’s surf at the end of the sandbar, at least. Your windows have to be wide and high, but shielded with blinds to prevent glare. Blinds also keep the dust at bay, especially if you live in the arid part of the state.
- Even if you live way inland, you should still count yourself lucky if you have breezy mornings and afternoons! Capitalize on the advantage and make sure you let the breeze in. I suggest flimsy curtains; think of the curtains in the Buchanan house in “The Great Gatsby,” or something close to it.
- I’m not saying you should skimp on the furniture and fixture, but in beach-themed rooms — less is more. That’s a justified cliché which also saves you money. IKEA is also heaven-sent in house furnishing; you can practically build a home from scratch with its ready-to-assemble furniture. You can also check out window frames and sills which match your indoor theme, at IKEA (shameless plug, yes).
- Beach-themed rooms are confined open spaces if there ever was a thing, but it’s important yours is separate from the rest of the house. Your dining room should be separate living space from your living room, for example, and your sleeping rooms respite from the common area. Sliding glass doors are perfect, and you can use express blinds to shut out the light on the hottest hours of the day.
- It pays to play with colors and shape, especially in furniture. You can complement the theme with window frames and sills that match, and there are also plenty of window blinds designs you can mix and match.
- If you have the money to burn, I suggest you go all out and renovate! Renovating is a pain to pay off, but you’ll benefit in the long run, especially if you plan to sell the property. It’s better you lived in renovated home with appreciated value, make the most out of your investment.
A beach-themed home shouldn’t necessarily have a shoreline past the curb, but it helps. In case you live in the inland suburbs, or someplace way off the beaten path, then the theme of an open, airy, modest living space should emulate the same. Express roller blinds are just one of the few options you can check out in window improvements; you’ll be surprised with the variety suppliers have in store.