Finding the Right Fit for Your Beach House: A 5-Point Guide to Dressing Holiday Home Windows
Harrisons Curtains and Blinds - 18 Nov 2016
As Kiwis head toward another summer season, thoughts turn to holiday homes and family baches.
And because we’re a nation used to spending time by the sea, the vast majority of those homes are going to be on the coast.
Whether you are buying or building a new beach home, or you’re looking to renovate the traditional family bach, the fact that you are likely to be dealing with a beach-side building will play a large role in the materials you use, the design and layout of the building and the type of fixtures and fittings you choose.
When it comes to curtains, blinds and shutters, fitting out a holiday home requires a certain amount of thought, and the run-up to the busy Christmas period is the perfect time to get a Harrisons expert along for a free in-home consultation to help guide you along the right path.
But before you speak to us, here’s our five-point guide to the topics you might want to consider when it comes to choosing which styles, materials and designs are right for you.
Practicality: Kiwi holiday homes come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is the ability to be a bolt-hole from the hustle and bustle of the working week and busy city life. This means that as well as being stylish, they have to be practical – the last thing you want is to be spending hours cleaning while you’re meant to be resting, or worrying that they’re sitting gathering dust in the weeks when they’re not in use. The practical solution for many holiday homes is to fit a mixture of venetians, roller blinds and shutters that are easily wiped down from dust and are perfect for shutting up the house during the lesser-used winter months.
Protection: Coastal homes face two major enemies when it comes to the elements: strong sunlight reflected off the sea and, often, strong winds carrying corrosive salt-sea water through open windows. Your furniture, floors and potentially any artwork you have hanging on your walls risks fading or damage from both of these factors, making it important to dress your windows with a level of protection. Sun-screen roller blinds offer between 90% and 96% UV protection while allowing light in when fully pulled down, or can be left semi-down to cut the glare when the sun is low in the sky during mornings and evenings. Roman blinds are heavier options for windier days and nights and can be combined with sun-screens to give the best of both worlds.
Privacy Versus Views: City living tends to bring with it the desire for curtains, blinds and shutters to create privacy – especially as more and more of us start to live in multi-occupancy apartment buildings. But holiday homes often come with magnificent sea views, or – at the very least – picturesque gardens and wide open spaces which means that owners need to balance the desire to see out with a touch of privacy in the evenings or for rooms such as bathrooms and bedrooms. Using combinations of blackout and sun-screen roller blinds offers this balance – especially on large picture windows where they can be set up in tandem and operated either individually or together.
Style: Harrisons Curtains and Blinds has a huge range of curtain fabrics that can help you create the look you want, from ‘shabby chic’ to modern sleek to earthy beach feel. We encourage you to go bold for your bach or holiday home and experiment with some exciting new fabric choices.
Entertaining Guests: The current trend of having your holiday home earn its keep by letting it out on websites such as Book-a-Bach or Airbnb has brought a new element to the equation of how you decorate. The key words are simplicity and functionality – both so your guests find everything clean and easy to operate, and so that you don’t have to worry about damage or cleaning bills. Again, a mixture of venetians, roller blinds and shutters are simple and stylish options.
For more information about our custom-made window furnishings or to book an in-home consultation with one of our experts, contact us on 0800 102 004 or via our website.
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