Let the ocean inspire your renovations

Whether you live beside the sea or are as far inland as you can get, the ocean can provide fantastic inspiration for your home renovations.

Whitewashed wood

If you're lucky enough to have a home featuring timber accents, step things up a notch by giving them a whitewash finish. This will add a fantastic light, breezy beach vibe to your home, and is easy to achieve with Resene Colorwood Whitewash.

The product has the Environmental Choice seal of approval and is a low-odour, low-VOC way to instantly give your home a bach feel. You could use it to coat floors, walls or even smaller pieces of furniture and homewares such as photo frames in the classic whitewash style seen in beach homes all over the world.

Bright and light

Instantly make your home feel more summery by letting in as much light as possible. You could trade in your thick winter curtains for light, gauzy numbers such as Resene Harmony Voile that will sway beautifully in the breeze and let in plenty of natural light.

If you're starting from scratch, consider putting in large folding windows and doors that stretch across the entire wall. On hot, sunny days you can open these up to create fantastic indoor-outdoor flow, and also let in fresh air to help cool your home down.

Motifs

If your budget is small or you don't have much space for extensive renovations, consider replacing some of your current decor with beach motifs such as sea animals, yachts and anchors. You could incorporate these via artwork, ornaments or in patterned cushions and throws.

Keep fresh flowers in the house and store candles in jars filled with sand for cost effective ways to bring the beachside to your home.

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