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If you love white washed walls, ocean hues and beach comb finds, then this is your style.
The Coastal Decor Home Style sits somewhere between the laid-back Beach Chic and more structured Nautical Home. The Coastal Decor style prefers gentle, toned down colour schemes. Imagine warm pebble greys and sea blues & greens offset with natural accessories.
These 5 important style principles will help create an all-year-round Coastal Decor style.
Embrace the off-season with coziness and warmth.
How to style your home
1) Start with Chalky Whites
Choose only soft, chalky white emulsion for walls and ceilings instead of a pure Brilliant White. This will add softness and warmth to your Coastal Decor. Avoid anything too yellow (which may read as cream) so as not to lose the freshness of a classic beach style.
Choose paint from a brand that offers a description of the colour, such as Farrow and Ball (not affiliated, just a fan!).
However, always use a sample first!
2) Choose Warm Ocean Hues
When choosing ocean hues it’s important to pay particular attention to the warmth of each colour in order to avoid anything too cool. Generally speaking, greener or greyer blues are warmer than purple or lilac ones.
Orange, red and yellow are the warmest on the colour wheel but not suitable to a Coastal Decor. My tip here, especially during the colder months, is to draw these colours from the flames of candle and firelight. This will create more of an elemental feel.
Warm light bulbs also work to cast a yellow glow instead of the blue hues emitted from daylight bulbs.
3) Layer Textiles
As popular as an ocean inspired colour palette is in a Coastal Decor, even warmer blues and greens still sit on the cooler side of the colour wheel.
Layer cozy textiles such as fur throws, quilted eiderdowns, chunky knits, deep pile rugs and multiple window treatments. This will add both aesthetic and experiential snugness.
4) Include Natural Elements
Introducing natural elements into our Coastal Decor will add warmth and contrast to the fresh white walls.
Incorporating organic materials such as bamboo, wicker and wooden furnishings creates a more natural environment, reminiscent of our local coastlines. Add woven accessories such as lampshades, seagrass bags and straw hats.
5) Add authenticity
Create lived-in vibes by restoring or installing reclaimed features such as an old fireplace or a wooden floor. This can antidote an otherwise over-stylised feel.
Add logs in a pre-loved basket, a candle in a vintage candlestick or repurpose other materials such as an old sailcloth. This can inject a sense of authenticity to a Coastal Decor.
Fill large glass vases with unique beach combing collections and add local nautical trinkets. This will also individualise an otherwise easily ‘themed’ vibe.
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