- 4 ways to maximize the views from your waterfront home in Croatia
If you own waterfront property in Croatia you already know how the view has the power to inspire interior design. The position of your home and the views of the sea can provide a focal point as well as set the tones for space. But the trick is to know how to make the most out of panoramic views.
Frame the perfect view from your home
Natural light is the source for our body, mind, spirit, and connectivity to the outdoors and is a primary source for healthy living. That is why one of the best ways to let more light in and maximize the views is to install custom glass doors that fold open or slide all the way open. This will also give you the option to bring the outdoors inside and the indoors outside. It also makes space feel larger and grander.
Another great way to maximize a home’s view is to incorporate ‘floor-to-ceiling windows and solid glass. These solutions have been widely accepted in recent years, which is not surprising considering the “wow” factor you get. If your home has large balconies faced directly to the sea, consider installing glass enclosures.
Remember, windows are more than just openings in the wall, they help you capture the outdoors and bring them into your home. If you are designing your home from the beginning, determine what perfect views you want to capture first and then choose a window, and create a setting that will enhance it.
What about the skylight?
Another wonderful way to take advantage of natural light is through skylights. Your ceiling or “5th wall” has always been a surface that many homeowners forget about when designing their interiors. Skylights offer privacy and a source of natural light to rooms that normally couldn’t because of a lack of space for windows on exterior walls. Skylights also serve as a design feature and come in fixed and operable varieties and you can install window treatments over them for light control.
Keep it minimal and oriented
Natural light and its impact on the quality of life of the occupants and on the energy needs is an important element in the design, reflecting the orientation of the terrain and the external environment. When your focal point is the sea (and islands), minimal accessorizing is needed. Fewer distractions are best for this type of view. Any furniture that is in front of a window should be low profile or easy to move. Of course, you can use the view as a magnificent backdrop for a major piece of artwork.
Every room design must be kept “airy” and less complicated to allow the eye to naturally find the beauty beyond, rather than conflict with it.
Fabrics and finishes also play an important role in enhancing the view. At Pin & Pin, we like to choose a neutral palette that echoes what you see outside. On the island of Brač, that usually means whites, creams, and beige.
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Don’t forget the exterior light
The exterior landscape is as important as interior lighting. If you have a terrace or a garden make sure to light the path, a few trees, or put some lanterns. This trick will help you enjoy the views and bring the outdoors in even after dark.