Island Home: Summer Scrub Up

Get the Beach House Look
Every home needs a make-over now and then or a simple freshen-up. On a budget? Here are some simple tips to brighten your home with the beach house look. Paint is the most obvious and simple solution to freshen your home without breaking the bank. The pallet of colours to choose from is almost endless and most stores that sell paint will mix any colour or shade you choose.

Neutral colours are good and will blend well whatever your existing decor, so choose these unless you want to make a bold colour statement.
If in doubt, always choose white. A lick of white paint on your walls does wonders and your home will look clean and fresh. Shades of grey and other colours like yellow and rose are trending. Add a splash of colour with fabrics and accessories. Don’t forget, paint is not just for walls, you can give new life to old wooden furniture with a coat of paint or varnish.
If you want to go further and stay on budget, then consider a made to measure slipcover for your sofa (cheaper than having it reupholstered) and add ties, a throw or new cushion covers. Simple solutions like these will go a long way to give your home a fresh look. Freshen up further with lightweight curtain fabrics such as cotton and muslin. Choose things that channel or reflect light into your home such as mirrors, glass and lightweight fabrics or simply move items of furniture that might be blocking light.
Now, for those of you who want to go much further and have the extra cash, consider a bathroom make-over. A cool looking bathroom can add real value to your home and make it look like you have refurbished your entire house. I am not sure why this is, but trust me it does work.
For the beach house look, start with painting anything dark white or a pale blue or any neutral colour. If you have a built in bath try painted tongue and groove wooden slats round the bath. Replace built in wash basins and splash out on granite basins or basins that sit on your washbasin cabinet with copper taps for granite or simple stainless steel taps for other basins, but not taps that fit into a basin.
No need to replace your existing bathroom cabinets just add a mirrored surface to them with simple or fancy knobs depending on your preference. If you have a wooden floor paint it white. Choose some simple wall lights.
If you need more lighting add ceiling lights…and don’t forget to finish up with some sea shells, bits of old rope, fishing nets and, seaweed if you want the new beach house look ha!

Adrian Rawle
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