The world may call it a 'holiday home' or a 'weekender home', but here in New Zealand, the word 'bach' brings to mind a relaxing vacation in a home away from home.
Designing and decorating a bach is a right of passage for many Kiwi families, especially since some of the fondest memories with loved ones are created while spending time together at the bach. In a country blessed by golden sandy beaches and shimmering blue oceans, it's not hard to imagine why spending a coastal holiday at your own bach is the ideal lifestyle choice.
While many modern baches around the country are examples of luxurious architecture and sumptuous interior design, the base idea of a 'bach' means that it need not be the most glamorous house on the dunes, but rather a warm and welcoming space for a holiday all-year-round. With this in mind, let's delve into the classic features that make a great bach.
A great bach has quality living and lounging spaces
This is crucial for ensuring you can spend quality time with your loved ones. Did you know that spending time with friends or family was voted as the best way to alleviate stress by 81 per cent of people in a wellbeing survey by the Australian Psychological Society last year? Here in New Zealand, it's likely that national research would find similar results.
To provide the best living and lounging areas, start by selecting soft, plush upholstery for your sofa and armchairs, inviting everyone to sink into the cosy fabrics and unwind. The Bend sofa by Matisse is a great option for a bach due to its playful curved shape and dark, neutral colour. Sofa, so good! Another key living space is your bach's kitchen and dining room. Delicious meals are shared here, so make the dining table and seating as much of a feast for the eyes as the food by choosing quirky chairs such as Signal Seating by IMO.