Living on the Lower North Shore provides a lot of perks, including amazing water views of the harbour for some lucky residents.
Many homeowners are fortunate to take in the stunning sites of the city skyline from their living rooms with a view. Whether you are considering interior design ideas to enhance the harbour view for your own benefit, or are making improvements to sell your home, we have some great tips for getting the most from your harbour view.
Mosman home with a view
With Australians more likely to stay home at present, we’ve become more interested than normal in making our homes as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. With many Mosmanites blessed to have a bedroom or living room with a view, we decided to highlight ways you can enhance your property’s amazing asset with a little creativity.
1. Make the harbour a focal point
If your property has a great skyline or harbour view, flaunt it! Making that water view the focal point of your living room is a great place to start when considering your homes interior design. Think of your window scene as a large movie screen.
Arrange living room furniture to allow you and your guests to enjoy the beautiful outlook from any seat in the room. If you are feeling inclined to restyle, paint or wallpaper, consider taking a colour or pattern from the focal point and apply it in small doses throughout the room to draw it all together.
2. Avoid window treatments
There’s little point having a stunning view from the couch and then covering it up with blinds or drapes. Unless you have privacy concerns, consider ditching the window treatments. If you must incorporate window treatments, use floor-length panels hung approximately 30 centimetres above the window frame. Doing so enhances the height of the room and its view. Then only draw the panels when privacy is needed.
3. Minimise room accessories
Be careful with over accessorising your living space. A room with a spectacular view of the skyline or harbour will benefit from simple and sleek interior design. The fewer distractions in the room, the more you and your guests can focus on the magnificent natural sights you are afforded.
Furniture placement for a room with a view
Careful consideration for furniture placement, for a room with a harbour view, is crucial to highlighting the outlook effectively. Here are some great tips;
1. Lower your seats
Sofas, chairs, and loveseats should be low to the floor as shown in this Warringah road property, so the view is not obstructed.
2. Centre sofas
If you have a large living room space, consider centring the sofa. Make sure it is facing the view.
3. Chairs should sit adjacent to the sofa
Not only does this keep the view open for all to enjoy, but it also allows guests sitting on chairs to easily converse with people seated on the sofa.
4. Adjoined dining rooms
If your dining area abuts the living room, or your living space is an open-concept design, it is important to follow the same rules with dining room furniture. This Carrington Avenue property that we sold is a great example of how to make both lounge and dining furniture work.
Free advice from our luxury home pros
At De Brennan, we’ve been working with luxury properties for over a decade. Our team has extensive experience assisting clients in selling multi-million dollar mansions and luxury apartments on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. If you are thinking about selling contact us to get our home-selling pros on the case.