To create a coastal home, you first want to ensure your space is as open as possible. This can be achieved by opting for an open plan layout wherever possible and swapping doors for arches or room dividers such as curtains.
Wherever you can, maximise the amount of natural light in your home via sky lights and large windows. This is also possible by getting glass sliding doors to open up onto the patio, allowing you to open them on warm summer days. This is arguably best when you actually live on the beach so can enjoy a beautiful view every day, but it can be just as effective in the city.
As these homes often are found on the beach, they tend to have wooden floorboards or at least laminate flooring, so you’re prepared for the sand that would inevitably come in on shoes. Worn wooden planking gives a rustic feel to your home that works perfectly in this style.
Coastal homes often have very neutral bases to their palettes. They tend to have mostly white or off-white walls and main furniture. This works well against the raw wooden flooring, and adds a classy minimalist touch to the space.
Against this neutral backdrop, very bright and colourful accents can be really effective. Choose reds, yellows, oranges and blues to add some excitement to your home, via furniture or even accent walls. This gives off a contemporary bohemian vibe. Nautical colours such as bold reds and blues are always a good choice as well.
Other ways to incorporate colour into coastal décor is through pastel colours. Pastel greens and corals are perfect for a coastal home as they mimic the colours found in the sea. They can be incorporated in virtually any way, as they are gentle enough to be on walls without being overpowering, but also work well as accents.
The furniture in a coastal home can be deliberately mismatched to add to the shabby chic. This gives you the freedom to roam antique shops and car boot sales looking for quirky furniture to upcycle.
With this style, slightly worn furniture is a good thing as it gives a rustic edge, so second hand furniture is ideal and affordable! If the worn look isn’t for you, you can repaint them. As they are deliberately mismatched, they don’t even need to all be the same colour, but that’s down to your preference.
Coastal décor tends to include furniture of many different materials. Sofas are often linen or other fabrics (usually given protective treatments to prolong their life). You can see wicker furniture featured heavily in this décor, such as wicker baskets for storage. This adds to the light and open feeling seen throughout the style that would not be achieved by having thick leather sofas and dense storage.
More light storage options include open shelving. This allows for the maximum storage, whilst maintaining the size and openness of the room. With open shelving, you have to be careful to keep the shelves organised to prevent your home looking cluttered.
Patterned rugs work really well in coastal décor, and often feature colourful stripes or zigzags. A light rug breaks up the wooden flooring, and makes the room feel cosier.
Word art is a good way to add some art to your coastal home.
Other ways include canvases with beach landscapes, or incorporating shells (real or painted).
You can also create a gallery wall with mismatched frames made of wood.
If you’re choosing to go down the nautical route, there are endless ways to add artistic flare to your home. From including ship wheels and anchors to simply having nautically-themed wallpaper, it is super easy to decorate with style.
As previously mentioned, you want to maintain as much natural light as possible in a coastal home, so in theory minimal lighting should be needed. Down lighters are always useful for on not-so-bright days, and you can aid this with artistic lamps or lanterns.
When accessorising a coastal home, you should try to keep the accessories natural in the way of indoor plants and fresh flowers. This can work well in coastal decor as they bring the outdoors in, as is to be expected for a more tropical beachy style.
Many would argue that coastal style is at its best when it sets a mood rather than hitting people over the head with its beachiness. A coastal space simply evokes the easy, carefree feel of boating and beachcombing. And the bonus? You can pull off the look even if you’re hundreds of miles from a shoreline.
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