There is nothing more relaxing than being by the sea. The sound of lapping waves, the smell of salt on the breeze, the sight of seagulls on the wing overhead… provided they’re not stealing your fries! Here are a few ideas for how to bring a piece of the coast into your home.
Choose Natural Colors
When creating a coastal interior, the colors you choose will form one of the foundational aspects of how the space feels. Choose colors that evoke memories of the seaside – blues, whites, and yellows. Allow nature to guide and inspire you when choosing your colors. Pastel colors also work brilliantly for providing that coastal feeling. Something to bear in mind, by choosing lighter, more neutral shades, you will increase the feeling of space in your room and make it feel larger. Pair this with lots of natural light, to create an open and inviting space for everyone to enjoy.
Keep Your Furniture On-Theme
In the same way you can use the coast to inspire your color choices, it can also be used as your inspiration for furniture and accessories. Look for things with a rustic, natural feeling, particularly wooden pieces that look like they could fit on the beachfront. Upcycling older furniture is a great option that can allow you to create a more rugged vibe. White-washing existing furniture can give a shabby yet sophisticated look, as well as save you money and help the environment. Win-win.
As with paint, light, coastal colors work great for furniture too. Look for sofas and chairs in lighter shades of blue or white. Thin striping on your furniture and cushions will evoke the feeling of the seaside and beach towels, while nature-inspired accessories will make it feel like you are sitting out by the sea. Driftwood pieces are both affordable and stylish, really giving that chilled-out and natural beach feeling. Nautical accessories are also a fantastic idea and will really help to keep the coast front and center in your space.
Think About Flooring
Choosing the right flooring can go a long way to adding to the feeling of a room. When trying to cultivate a coastal vibe, wooden flooring is the way forward. The cost of wood floor will vary depending on what type of flooring you are looking for, the size of the area that you need to cover, and if you require professional help to have it installed. Have a look at the options available and choose something that works for you.
When creating a coastal-themed space, look for flooring that is more rugged and natural. While engineered wood flooring may be cheaper and more convenient, something less processed such as oak or pine, will provide a much more natural feeling. There is a balance to be found between cost and aesthetics but any kind of wood will really tie your room together.
Experiment With Textures
Using different textures can be a great way to bring some of the coast into your home. Beach houses thrive on layered fabrics and textures. Experiment with cushions, rugs, and accessories to bring out the most in your space. By layering textures, you can give an existing area a whole new feeling and cultivate a relaxed seaside vibe. Using coastal-inspired wall hangings and art can give texture to your walls, while other accessories such as wicker baskets and canvas items, can bring the rest of the room together.
Keep It Simple
One of the key things when designing a coastal interior is that less is more. Aim for a clean, simple design that really accentuates the natural light and feeling of more space. While coastal accessories and layered textures are good, don’t let the room become cluttered. It is important to keep everything feeling breezy and free, just like the beach. Clean colors, simple lines, and an unfussy design will help to create a relaxing and open space for you to enjoy all year round.
Hopefully, this has given you a few ideas for how you can create a comfortable coastal interior. There are many ways to design the perfect coastal room, so use your creativity and work with the space you have, not against it. Before you know it, you’ll have a seaside-inspired interior that you can be proud of.