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Walls, Doors & Windows
The first thing I look at when I delve into a new pack, is the wall textures, windows and doors. With most packs having a definite theme and colour palette, I always like to see what that translates to in these categories. For me, Island Living is a nice mixture of beachy colours and modern styles. The biggest surprise for me was the addition of a sliding door, which gives me hope for more sliding doors in future packs. The wall textures are natural materials with no wallpapers/painted wall textures, whilst the colours range from neutrals to brights. It’s a mixed bag, some of the colour swatches aren’t my style, but I know that hardcore builders out there are going to fall in love with this pack.
Accents, Floors & Fences
Similarly to the walls, floors in Island Living are all natural materials and largely in neutral colours. With 2 different wooden floorings, one more shabby than the other, and one stone floor we’re hardly spoilt for choice. However, in a world that is largely sand and sea, the flooring doesn’t really matter as much to me. The accents such as pillars and awnings though are fantastic. I’m a big fan of the colour palette and tribal-style carved patterns and I’m impressed at how much detail is in this pack. We are also given 2 fences, one simple wooden post fence, and one fancier decorative fence with more colour options. There are matching gates, and the colour options are really complimentary and well thought out.
In an attempt not to spoil the full build/buy catalogue, I have tried to show some restraint. There is something for every single room, including a really nice Kitchen counter (which by the way totally works with the Parenthood counters) and amazing new drapes/curtains. I think the biggest thing for me though is the attention to detail in the chairs and sofas, and the new rugs that we have been blessed with. There are fully matching sofas and chairs, including one with a mesh texture that is genuinely semi-opaque and looks stunning. There is also 2 new rugs, one oblong and one square, both of which come in impressive colours and patterns. Most objects can easily be used for both inside and outside areas, especially the decorative items and lights.
What are you excited to build in The Sims 4: Island Living? Are you an upscale coastal mansion kinda Simmer? Or maybe you’re going off-grid with a beach shack? Let us know in the comments.
This article is made possible by the EA Gamechanger Program. Thank you to EA for providing me with an early access code for The Sims 4: Island Living. Island Living was released June 21st and retails for £34.99 RRP.