KWD talks Boat House Style.

The white palette of Boat House is a far cry from the blues and reds of a nautical aesthetic, from the contrasting timbers of American coastal and from the formal elegance of Hamptons-style.


Walter Barda Design are specialists in Boat House style, as can be seen in this Clontarf Beach House above. Indoor-outdoor living and beach simplicity at its best, the look has an understated elegance that is cool and comfortable.


All white-washed walls and bleached timbers, the Boat House aesthetic is chic and subtle. The minimalist décor brings the outside in, and clean lines and streamlined fixtures create an uncluttered platform for this coastal look.

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High ceilings are preferred as well as floor to ceilings windows, maximising the light and air that flows throughout an open plan design.

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French doors with white window frames open out to large decks that create a seamless flow with the great outdoors.

The décor is minimalist, with highlights of tropical plants and basket ware, and ocean treasures that create a fresh feel and relaxed mood without being predictable. This style is simple and serene.


This timeless, relaxed Boat House style is so beautifully created by Walter Barda Design in this Clareville Pavilion property.  There is a nod to seaside treasures and collectables, but there is nothing fussy about the design aesthetic. Sofas and beds are dressed in white linen, and Roman shades, soft sheers or plantation shutters give each room a fresh coastal feel. Less really is more.


The classic weatherboard detailing in this Clovelly Pavilion House by Walter Barda Design creates a family home that steps out of the ordinary.  The contemporary coastal feels is so beautifully executed, with plantation shutters and sheer window coverings.BH45There are no wallpapers, no highlight colours, no dark timber floors. All is white.  There is a mix of the rustic and the refined, rough against smooth and linen against silk.


There are sanded floors, textured wooden surfaces and timber ceilings – white or whitewashed and soft wooden shades.

Nothing looks too styled or ‘finished’, relaxed layering and slipcovers replaced an upholstered look.  Unpretentious and undone, the Boat House look has an elegant, lived in feel.


Unique décor accents tell a lifelong story, coastal souveniers adding a personal touch in shades of white and bleached timber hues. Reclaimed timbers add charm.


Window coverings are sparse and sheer if used at all, a light and airy feel is key. Shutters or bi-fold doors give a breezy feel.


The Boat House look is all freshness and sunlight, with clean and contemporary lines and a relaxed elegance.


Casual elegance and white-washed simplicity are the hallmarks of this coastal style, created so beautifully in the Tamarama Beach House above by Walter Barda Design.  The classic white interiors with a pared back style let the sunshine in, allow the breeze to flow through and invite a relaxed yet refined lifestyle.


For more information on how to create a Boat House style in your home, contact the team at KWD –, and for more examples of the best in Boat House homes, visit

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At KWD we look at a project holistically. The sum of all the parts make the whole story work, and it’s this unique approach that sets us apart. The KWD experience provides a streamlined process. We specify, source and supply all hard finishes as well as carpets, rugs, custom furniture and soft furnishings, and manage the procurement, warehousing, freight and quality so every project is worry free. We work closely with interior designers, architects, developers and home-owners, selecting the ideal flooring, designing the perfect joinery and choosing the right paint colours for a wide range of design aesthetics. From finding the perfect paving stones and pool tiles to offering landscaping advice, KWD manages the whole design process. One contact, one invoice and staged deliveries ensure peace of mind. KWD's extensive global network of manufacturers, importers, agents and local wholesalers ensures the selected products are always available. Key supply partners are chosen for their ability to fulfil each project requirement, while our contract negotiation skills will always provide the most outstanding pricing. We often engage architects, draftsmen, lighting designers and builders to complete the design process. We embrace a consultative approach and develop lasting relationships with each and every client. It’s what the KWD team knows and loves. “Design is not a thing we do. It’s our way of life.” Kate Walker

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