Imagine getting comfy in a beautiful velvet armchair, in your favourite swimsuit. Now picture there are piles of shells on a mahogany table in front of you, and a nice cold cocktail…mmm. What a dream. Except. Hold on a minute… velvet armchair?! That would make you cringe! Coastal furniture needs to give the impression that it can handle sandy feet and the salty air, even if you live miles away from a beach. Velvet… not so much! Instead, look at sturdy timber tables, wicker, case goods and slipcovers to start you off right. Coastal coastal interior design is about setting a mood – not smacking people in the head with unnecessary and outdated beach decor like oars, fish statues and nets.
The seaside motifs feel apt and are appropriate, but you can do without scooping up each and everything little thing just because it has a spec of sand on it. Coastal space evokes the carefree feel of beach-living. The best part is that you don’t need to be right near the beach to pull it off.
Natural light is the most important and overlooked element when it comes to coastal style. Have you ever walked into a beach house that was cramped and dim? Probably not. That’s why you need to try and add in as much natural light as you can.
Going for clean and crisp fabrics
Beach style homewares and accessories are pure and make you want to put your feet up and relax. Think along the lines of slipcovers. Muslin curtains, floaty sheets and cotton rugs will all do wonder for your special place.
You may think you cannot have bright colours in a beach home. Bit you definitely can! As long as you stick to traditionally coastal shades like turquoise, lime and persimmon. Adding bright colours can take away a bit of the serene feel, but if you don’t mind that then then go with it!
Colours and palettes
Another strategy is to bring in different shades of just one single colour, like coral, for example. Then you can add hints of nautical hues like navy, sea-blue and white. If you add too many colour schemes in each room, it will create the feeling of too many personalities in a single house.
Using natural fibres
Organic materials like straw, jute and seagrass are in the guise of furnishings, accessories and rugs. They bring in texture and warmth to coastal interior designs. Consider adding a few touches of rope to the drawer pulls and cabinets. Stairway spindles are a great way to add rope to your theme.
Exotic hardwoods can work in with tropical interiors, but coastal style has a lighter touch. You want a look similar to driftwood that is worn but smooth, bleached out with salt patina. For the flooring, you want to go for pickled woods, ash, bamboo or blond maple.
Like how the beach is, rooms need to feel open and breezy. Don’t fill them with bric a brac and ensure that you are decorating with an eye that can maintain the sightlines and clear vistas.
What did you bring home when you went to the beach last? You may have shells, old ship wood, an oar or some sea glass. The key here is to refrain from bringing home too much stuff. Also make sure you only pick up the stuff you’re allowed to according to the law! Only add one or two large seashells on the table to look striking and sculptural. Any more and it may be considered overkill.
Going for pale neutrals
White is a crucial ingredient to a coastal palette. When done the right way, crisp white rooms are full of simplicity and purity. You can layer cream, khaki and beige in cushions and throw rugs. Basically, you want to aim for a chalky look – rather than shine and shimmer.
Choosing the right accents
Coastal interiors are not exactly known for their glamorous looks. That’s why you need to carefully select your interiors so that they help to diffuse light more in the home. Consider getting a large mirror mounted on the wall (opposite to the windows or doorways), as this will help to reflect light and bring in a nice and fresh ambience.