There’s something that’s endlessly appealing about interior decorating inspired by the coast- no matter where you live. Maybe it’s the calming palette of ocean blues and sandy taupes, the textures of driftwood, seagrass and recycled glass. Textures and patterns work well in a coastal style as they add great interest without the need for the strong use of color. To help you achieve this look, I’m providing some key points to help you create a coastal retreat in your own home while avoiding the coastal decorating clichés. Aim to create an atmosphere that promotes tranquility and invite the spirit of the coast into your home.
Sand & Sea
The most critical and essential element of coastal interior design is color. Classic coastal aesthetics draws on sand and sea tones and in warmer months the sun always seems brighter on the coast. That’s why light colors, specifically white, always dominate the interior of coastal homes. White walls and ceilings complement the ocean views and the natural light found on the coast. Adding the neutral beige of sand complements oceanic blues because it grounds the bolder color and creates balance. When styling with sand and sea tones, remember to give depth to the palette with graduating tones in both sand and sea-blue. Opt for off-white as a base on your sofa, and layer with taupe, vanilla, buttercream, and shades of blue. But don’t go over the top. Keep it natural. A weathered, faded look is the essence of coastal interiors.
Driftwood is a wonderful material to add a feeling of relaxed coastal style. You can capture that look of weathered wood by using reclaimed timber as it warms a white palette and gives a home that aged, beachy feel. Reclaimed timber has that natural appeal and is eco-friendly, giving that driftwood vibe. Pair weathered wood with off-white neutrals like marshmallow, coconut, or light gray in your paint colors or accessory choices for a clean palette. Incorporate wooden tables, lamps, ceiling fans and countertops that resemble driftwood as styling options. Adding timber floors not only make the room resemble the sandy beach and outdoors, but it also gives the home a more coastal feel.
Collect unique décor accents
By keeping your furnishings simple, you can have more fun with your accessories. Seashells, coral, beach pebbles and other beach finds all give natural personality to your décor. Bring in unexpected objects like glass jugs or fishing net floats. Beads and sea glass are some of my favorite accents to layer in beautiful, natural tones.
COASTAL FARMHOUSE INTERIOR DESIGN TIP
Keep it subtle. Adding natural toned pieces, such as large interesting vases or candles work well in creating a relaxed, contemporary coastal vibe in your home.