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Real Living (Philippines) - - Real Homes -

DEC­O­RAT­ING A BEACH HOUSE it’s one thing to build and dec­o­rate a home in the city; it’s an­other to design one on a beach. given the trop­i­cal cli­mate we live in, nat­u­ral el­e­ments have to be con­sid­ered―you can’t have fur­ni­ture that will eas­ily rust or wear out from the sum­mer heat and salty air. in­te­rior de­signer din fuentes, a res­i­dent of la union who de­signed the pop­u­lar flot­sam and Jet­sam hos­tel, shares these reminders when dec­o­rat­ing an abode by the beach. 1. Throw in some greens. “noth­ing evokes a trop­i­cal set­ting like a splash of fo­liage in­doors,” says din. group to­gether lush plants like palmera in huge clay pots, and your home will in­stantly look sum­mery all year long. 2. Max­i­mize open spa­ces. if you have big win­dows, don’t block them with heavy drapes, ac­cord­ing to din. al­low light and breeze to pass through these open­ings for an airy space. make use of the lanai if you have one, just like how the home­own­ers of this beach­side home do. Accessorize with nat­u­ral

ma­te­ri­als. “you can never go wrong with our nat­u­ral fiber,” din says. “ac­cent chairs, bas­kets, and rugs made of abaca, rat­tan, jute, or pan­dan soft­ens the space.” you can also use wo­ven split cane, sea­grass, and abaca as up­hol­stery ma­te­rial for fur­ni­ture pieces. Con­sider the nat­u­ral el­e­ments. while wood is an ideal ma­te­rial for a home by the beach, it’s best to go for sturdy kinds that can with­stand the el­e­ments. opt for teak; oth­er­wise, have your wooden pieces pro­fes­sion­ally treated to en­sure that they won’t eas­ily wear down.

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