Coastal Style Decorating Guide Part 3: Natural and Artificial Light


# Natural and Artificial Light in Beachy Abodes

small-bright-roomPhoto from Forward Furniture: “How to make a small room look bigger”

The position and types of your windows and doors have a big impact on the type of natural light and illumination your room will receive -  a phenomenon intensified in coastal homes.

# Key Features

* By painting the ceiling a light color, this will instantly increase the sense of space in a room by reflecting more light into it. For the walls, cool colors like light blues and greens reflect light and make a room look brighter and bigger by maximizing the effect of natural light.

verandahPhoto from Shannon Fricke – “Tricky spaces”

* Mirrors reflect light too and will brighten up your room and they can also create an illusion of depth that makes the room look bigger.

wall mirror

photo by HausStylish: “Tobi Toblin’s Cape Cod Style Malibu Beach House”

* Light coloured verandahs, walls, floors, and ceilings can easily reflect light through the interior but its worth considering how it will impact on your soft furnishings. Use pale or light coloured window coverings, lounge covers, cushions etc or consider uv proof multi purpose indoor/outdoor soft furnishings.

* Large windows, large sliding glass doors and skylights with minimal coverings or simple louvered shutters reign supreme in beach houses as even when slightly closed in intense Summer months or during poor weather, they will still allow more light to enter, effortlessly evoking a bright, airy feel in your coastal home.

* Keep artificial lighting simple, minimal and don’t be afraid to mix and match natural looking table lamps and floor lamps. Avoid fluorescent lighting , instead go for conventional lighting or down lights.

masterbed1photo by Dana From House Tweaking: “I don’t want to leave my bedroom”

Previous Posts on this topic: 

Part 1: Architecture & Design

Part 2: Floors, Walls & Ceilings

Future Posts:

Part 4: Colours
Part 5: Textures & Materials
Part 6: Fabrics
Part 7: Display & Adornment


About Nicki Richards

Nicki is a self confessed cushion lover, director and co-founder of Beach Abode Living, an Australian owned and operated company, based on the Gold Coast. Specialising in outdoor cushions inspired by the beach and coastal living, the focus is principally on designing and creating unique, functional and affordable products that allow everyone to enjoy and appreciate the great Australian lifestyle. Style is as important with homewares as it is in fashion, so being 'on trend' requires continual development of ideas and designs, through travel, experimentation and collaboration. Favourite Quote: "You can never over-cushion!"

One thought on “Coastal Style Decorating Guide Part 3: Natural and Artificial Light

  1. Tyrone

    Looks good for a coastal design like that. Those big windows gave more light in the interior and more fresh air to get in. I like that idea for my home in the future.

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