Many Wellingtonians today own property with a sea view – it’s the cherry on top of living in this beautiful region with all of its hills and terrible access ways.
Coastal-style interiors are becoming more and more popular with New Zealand home owners. Casual luxury, warm and most importantly homely, the coastal home is incredibly sought after. We all like an environment where we can relax after the hustle and bustle of each day. A home that is simple yet sophisticated and is both inviting and welcoming.
To create your own coastal retreat, we say start with colour. The colours of the sand, sea, and tussocks work so perfectly together in nature, and are such a simple palette to replicate indoors. Embrace a mix of soft neutrals, such as white, off-white, taupe and pale beige, with pops of cornflower blue, navy, and mint.
In terms of fabrics, the key is to keep things light, breezy and natural. Linen, or linen look fabrics, and simple sheer filters are perfect for this look. Add rattan accessories, timber, a sisal or hemp rug and a few plants to complete the look. Finally, keep your interior minimal, but layered. Embrace different textures over more accessories.
If you are in need of some high quality outdoor furniture to spruce up your outdoor area, consider Artwood Furniture. The Swedish designed Artwood outdoor range is classic wicker style furniture, created on a rustproof powder coated aluminum frame, using handwoven polyethylene weave that combines a classic natural ‘vintage’ look with extreme durability. This furniture is complemented with outdoor cushions in quick dry foam and a solution dyed acrylic fabric cover.
We also have 20% off ALL Artwood Outdoor Furniture until the end of December – pop into the Wellington Showroom to see the range, or have a peek here.
Remember a house feels comfortable if there is a sense that it has been lived in. Don’t fall into the trap of the staged show home look; personalise your décor by injecting your own style into the design. Karl Lagerfeld advises, "It’s not luxury if it isn’t comfortable." A classic approach to interior design, with your own eclectic touches creates a look that is effortless luxury.
Whether you live by the sea or not, be inspired to create your own relaxed, luxurious retreat. Have a look at some of our favourite coastal style homes!