With summer just around the corner, many of us are starting to think about lazy days at the beach – especially here in South East Queensland! There’s nothing like escaping to the coast to feel relaxed, but have you thought about creating a beachy getaway at home? Getting a breezy, coastal vibe is easier than you think. Take a look at the decorator tips below, and make your home feel like a beach house this summer.
Nothing says the beach like white walls. They create a light, bright backdrop for you to create an authentic beach house feel. If stark white is not your thing, try a creamy white. It’s a little softer and still works well with a coastal style.
Placing palms, ferns and orchids around your home is the perfect way to make it feel like the tropics. Use natural cane or white wicker baskets instead of pots to keep the beachy vibe going.
Swap coloured linen for all white
White towels and bedding not only help to create a breezy, coastal look, but they also make your home feel instantly luxurious. Why do you think most resorts have all-white linen? It also provides a fresh look and feel that doesn’t cost a fortune!
Turn your deck into a tropical oasis
Clear the clutter off your deck, invest in some wicker furniture (or weather-proof furniture that looks like wicker). Add some colourful outdoor cushions, and then all you need is a cocktail to really get those holiday feels!
Add pops of colour
Choose bright, whimsical tones that remind you of carefree days at the beach, such as blue, coral and green. If you’re into patterns, consider a palm tree print or perhaps some nautical stripes.
Install a hanging chair or hammock
Chances are you’ve got a quiet space somewhere that would be the perfect spot to hang a hammock or swing chair. If hanging a chair isn’t an option, consider buying a swing chair that comes with its own stand. Got a quiet, shady spot in the garden? Why not string up a hammock between two trees – before you know it, you’ll have the perfect place to unwind on lazy summer afternoons.
Add textured floor coverings
Choose rugs made from natural fibres, such as sisal, sea grass, jute or bamboo. They look great on white tiles and timber floors, and you can pick them up quite cheaply at stores like Kmart and Target.
Bright and breezy windows
Replace formal sheers or blinds with woven, bamboo or linen shades to bring a casual ambience to any room. Roman blinds are an affordable option and fold up neatly to let in lots of natural light.
Slip into something comfy
Slipcover furniture brings a casual feel to any room. Fabrics can be changed with the seasons and covers can be removed for easy cleaning. Natural fibres such as linen are perfect for beach-inspired upholstery and curtains. Its texture and neutral colour palette provides the perfect backdrop for brighter accent pieces, such as cushions and artwork.
Accessorise with beach-themed books
Look for coffee table books with a beach or seaside theme. Stack them on your coffee table accompanied by a bowl of shells and a scented candle to create the perfect coastal vignette.
Bring in the ocean breeze
Nothing makes you feel like you’re at the beach more than a refreshing ocean breeze. Fill the air with sea-inspired fragrances. Add a fragrance diffuser to the room, or light an aromatic candle to bring those beachside scents into your home, no matter where you live!
Create your dream look at Select by Hallmark
No matter what your style, you’ll find the perfect look for your new home at our purpose-built Selection Centre, Select by Hallmark. Our expert Selection Centre Consultants will personally guide you through all your colour selections, ensuring that everything you choose works together seamlessly, both inside and out. They will also help you with all of your choices when it comes to appliances, finishes, fixtures, plus much more. Select by Hallmark is exclusive to Hallmark Homes’ clients, and entry is by appointment only.
So if you’re thinking of building a new home, the friendly team at Hallmark Homes is ready to help. With over 35 years experience, we’re proud to be the builder of choice for people looking for quality, value and style.
With display centres located in prime locations throughout South East Queensland, you’re sure to find a home you’ll love that suits your budget. Come and check out one of our display centres for yourself. If you have any questions about our home designs or house and land packages, please contact us today.