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We are so lucky in Australia to have an amazing natural environment and, if you live by the coast, a beachy lifestyle to go along with it. But even if you live far from the beach you can still bring the chic beach house feel to your space. A luxe beach house is so much more than just an Australian interpretation of Hamptons style and is the perfect way to bring the outdoors indoors, and indoors outdoors!
There is so much inspiration to be found in the natural environment, as well as some of the most covetable surf shack style being all over the internet at the moment. Guest houses such as The Atlantic in Byron Bay are arguably leading the pack with their brand of luxe surf shack decor that is nautically inspired while staying modern and fresh. Read on to see how to achieve this look at home.
Colour Me Beachy
Celebrate the colours of the Australian coastal environment when thinking about your colour scheme. As ever, a neutral base of muted tones in grey, dusty blues, mint green, sand-toned yellows and bleached, beach-washed whites makes the perfect foundation for building on. Some of the modern interpretations of the style even have a monochrome black and white interior and still bring the beachy feels. In either case, introducing colour pops through art and décor is key to bringing some personality and nautical vibes.
What can you hang on your walls to bring the nautical, beachy look? Just about anything. But favourites are vintage feel prints and photos – especially of the sea – old maps, tapestries, oars, beach treasures, baskets and even surfboards go a long way in creating layers of texture and interest in a way that reads “beach” rather than “Ahoy!”
Function and Style – The Australian beach house way
Australian beach house living is relaxed and this is reflected in its style. Nothing is too precious and natural fibres and treasures from the beach are perfect décor accoutrements. It’s a style perfectly suited for people who love an active lifestyle. But the real key to pulling off beach house style is to design the house around what you love to do. So if you have an entryway that needs some styling love, consider taking a leaf out of the classic Australian beach house design book and use a hanging rail to store towels and fill baskets with everything you will need for a quick trip to the beach. It looks oh-so beachy while keeping everything you need close at hand.
The humble surf shack has come a long way and these homes are as diverse as the personalities who live in them. So while they may not always seem to be aesthetically in sync, they are united by a shared set of values around respect for nature and confidence in their approach to styling their homes. So be brave and pair that vintage style beach painting you love with that old oar you found at the market and bring your walls to life. Try incorporating a rope chandelier to bring some light and life to an empty corner and create a cosy corner to chill out after a long beach day. Or store your surfboard inside against your bleached white walls. It’s really is a case of your house being styled around you and your lifestyle – so experiment and see what makes your interiors sing.