The laid-back coastal style is ideal for Australia’s many harbour and beachside homes, and the look is easily translated with some simple decorating tricks. Here, Jenny Brown, National Marketing Manager of Luxaflex® Window Fashions, shares her insider tips for creating the perfect coastal look at home this season.
Natural light is key to this pared-back style and broad shutter window furnishings are perfect for letting the sun shine through, ensuring any lush outdoor views are still visible. Furnishings in white or neutral tones echoing the simple coastal colour palette provide the perfect canvas to off-set coloured accessories.
Luxaflex® PolySatin® Shutters are available in white, pearl or vanilla and offer the look of painted white timber without the splinters. Their casual yet timeless elegance also means they can be used in any room, creating a sense of unity throughout a home.
Blinds with a wide vane size can also achieve this same look with added softness. For example, Three Birds Renovations did exactly this with Pirouette® Shadings in 120mm vane size in the living room of their House 6 project.
Alternatively, using Top-Down/Bottom-Up Duette® Shades with nautical accessories is a modern twist on window coverings and is ideal for areas that get the sun most of the day, helping diffuse the natural light while also offering daytime privacy.
However, any rooms where moisture is a factor, such as a bathroom or a kitchen, should avoid fabric coverings. These risk becoming damp and moulding over time, so I’d definitely recommend sticking with the PolySatin Shutters in any areas where high humidity is a factor. You are also able to achieve precise control of light and privacy with shutters, allowing natural light in while maintaining the concealment required in a bathroom, by positioning the louvres to suit your desired view.
A fresh sea breeze often comes to mind when thinking of the coast, so considering air quality in a room is also key to a positive home experience. It’s well known indoor plants are nature’s purifiers, as they help increase the air quality in a room. I’d choose hardy plants like succulents, which occur naturally in coastal areas, placed in stone-look pots for a cohesive look.
As well as using plants to combat air pollutants, it’s also worth considering the materials your home furnishings and accessories are made of. For example, our PolySatin Shutters are Greenguard® certified – this means they produce very low emissions of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which results in a better quality of indoor air.
When choosing other accessories, items such as driftwood coffee tables, seashells, cushions in natural fibres like linen, and even a slate feature wall, will keep the coastal vibe fresh and modern rather than “hello, sailor”.
Even simple actions like mixing different blue striped cushions together will add just the right nautical touch.
The great outdoors
Your home's exterior shouldn’t be neglected when planning a coastal look either. Outdoor awnings remain hugely popular as they offer advanced sun protection and airflow for a more enjoyable entertaining space, and are an easy way to add a touch of beach-side glamour to a home.
I would recommend a fun stripe from our External Fabrics Canvas range. These fabrics have a unique weave that allows natural light to filter through while providing a high level of privacy and reducing ambient glare.
It’s worth considering external window coverings too – the hot summer weather combined with large glass windows and doors results in increased levels of heat travelling through our homes. External shading reduces heat transfer through windows by up to 90 per cent and a whopping 88 per cent of a home’s heat gain in summer occurs through windows. This simple action will help reflect heat and UV rays to drastically reduce a room’s heat gain, as well as help protect furniture from sun damage and fading.
Maintenance is also crucial in the modern-day home, and while traditional timber is beautiful, it also wears very badly. Luxaflex PolySatin Shutters, made from specially formulated ultraviolet resistant poly-satin compounds, are guaranteed never to warp, fade, chip or peel, regardless of high heat or moist conditions.
These modern alternatives to traditional wooden shutters are water resistant and will not blister, peel, flake, fade or corrode, and are backed by a 20-year warranty. On top of this, they're virtually maintenance-free and can be easily wiped down or removed and washed with a hose.
For further information, visit www.luxaflex.com.au