Mumbai’s coastline is the envy of its neighbours and every Mumbaikar’s pride. Some of the city’s best homes are next to the shore, allowing its residents access to fresh sea breezes and an unobstructed view. But all this comes at a price as the moisture-laden winds can wreak havoc on both your health as well as your furniture. But worry not. Here are 4 tricks to ensure that your home near the sea will never lose its charm.
1) Choose Paints Wisely
We cannot overstate how important this is. Living near the sea exposes your home to weather that can damage its colour, texture and strength. One way to prevent this is using use Elastomeric and Fenomastic paints that don’t let the moisture percolate into the wall. Try using PU (Polyurethane) paints and polishes at the planning stage itself for long-lasting protection.
2) Avoid Wood
Wood has a tendency to degenerate when exposed to heavy humidity and moisture-laden seas breezes can wreak havoc on wooden flooring. So avoid using wood in such a situation. Instead, use vitrified tiles that can look as good as wood. However, if you are still stuck on using wood, make sure you use seasoned teak wood or wood laminates – both of which can last a long time.
3) Use Glass
You cannot go wrong with glass when living next to the sea. Glass is highly durable and does not get affected by moisture. Use generous amounts of glass in the form of large windows, sliding doors and even room partitions. Use different textures of glass including stained, tinted, satin or clear glass in your house to add variety.
4) Use Fabric Blends
Take extra care while choosing fabrics for your upholstery and home furnishing. Use fabric blends which are a combination of natural as well as synthetic fibers. These blends don’t wear and tear easily and are the perfect material to use in humid environments.
Edited By Nikhil Narayan Sivadas