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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.

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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


Coastal Style Decorating Guide Part 1: Architecture and Design




There’s something very appealing about the notion of living by the seaside.

Perhaps it’s the natural beauty of our beaches and oceans that provide a joyful escape from the stresses of our everyday life or maybe it’s the laid back coastal lifestyle that attracts us. Whatever it is, there’s no surprise that more and more of us are aiming to turn our dream of a ‘sea change’ into a reality.

From the Greek Isles to the Caribbean, the Hamptons to the Whitsundays, the typically tasteful design of beach style interiors is evidently as alluring as it is universal. No matter where you live, decorating using coastal style can create the feeling of a living in a beachside paradise all year round.

Throughout history, the sea has long inspired the building of beautiful homes whose main design directive has been to optimise the enjoyment of living by the seaside. In the same way, the principal objective of designers of coastal interiors is to form functional and fresh flowing living spaces that feel subtly connected to the natural surroundings.


# COASTAL Architecture & Design

Throughout history, the sea has long inspired the building of beautiful homes whose main design directive has been to optimise the enjoyment of living by the seaside. In the same way, the principal objective of designers of coastal interiors is to form functional and fresh flowing living spaces that feel subtly connected to the natural surroundings.


Key Features

* Open-plan living areas are an essential part of coastal design,  which provides a sense of calm and unhurried flow,  matching the spontaneous, relaxed and easy-going feel of coastal living.
* Features such as sliding doors, large picture windows, louvers, shutters, white picket fences, vertical and horizontal wooden boards, skylights, balconies, verandahs, decks and patios tend to govern main areas as to take full advantage of  the seaside ambience.

Choosing The Right Outdoor Cushion Covers


When choosing cushion covers that you intend to use outdoors, you want to know they will endure the harsh Australian Summer sun, wind, rain, mildew and dirt.

Discover the 3 key things you need to know to get GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY when choosing outdoor soft furnishings. 

Watch the short video below.

Beach Abode Living are the experts in outdoor cushion covers and have designed a range especially for the Aussie outdoors.

* Made using top quality fabrics and technologies

* Digitally printed for more vibrant and more durable colours in UV

* Multi-Purpose (Indoor/Outdoor use) which means value for money

* Designed especially for use outdoors

* UV treated / Anti fade

* Water Resistant

* Mildew Resistant

* Stain Resistant

* Non-Toxic

* Feels nice and SOFT against your skin

* Look amazing

* Mix and match

* Available in a range of modern designs

Reversible UV treated Outdoor Cushion Covers

So, how does it feel to know your soft furnishings are especially made for the outdoors?

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Don’t buy cheap cushions that will fade and fall apart in a few months. They will cost you money! Go for something made specifically for the outdoors and know that they’ll LAST FOR YEARS.

* Beach Abode Living outdoor cushions have been made using HIGH GRADE 100% POLYESTER. Natural fibres such as cotton are not as durable as polyester and tend to absorb moisture, dirt and odours and will deteriorate if left outdoors.

* The polyester fabric used in Beach Abode Living outdoor cushions is SOFT TO THE TOUCH and very comfortable to lean against, but you can be assured it is tough and durable and can withstand full sun and rain.

* 100% Clean Polyester filling inserts are used for all Beach Abode Living cushions as they are allergy free, odourless, and washable.

* Heavy duty plastic zipper sliders have been chosen instead of metal sliders which can rust over time

* Clever reversible design is like having two cushions in one.

* Attention to detail including stylish contrast piping just adds a touch of class to your outdoor decorating.




Outdoor UV Cushios Yellow Mykonos Blue

Impress you friends and family and create the outdoor room you’ve always dreamed of…

Call the experts now for Top Quality advice on outdoor cushions and covers – 1300 336 434


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Beach Abode Living – Online Store Launch

You don’t have to live near the beach to find something you’ll love at Beach Abode Living.

Whether you are looking for a gift, re-decorating a room or dreaming of a sea change, our aim is to become your favourite beach homewares online store by helping you create a gorgeous comfortable beach inspired home that you are proud of.

Furnish your home in a way that reflects your true personality and unique decorating style and makes you feel like you’re on holidays everyday. Don’t settle for same old home furnishings everybody buys in department stores. Invest in unique, high quality homewares that you’ll absolutely love and that’ll have your friends envious.

Bright, striped and multi coloured home accessories include 100% cotton cushion covers, cushions with buttons, outdoor cushions, table ware, table runners, placemats, napkins, tablecloths, directors chair covers, bed sheets, quilt covers, bath towels, beach towels, extra large beach bags, outdoor furniture, adirondack chairs, fabric and more.

Beach Abode Living is not just a brand, its a lifestyle choice.

Splash out with colour