If you’re dreaming of a bright, airy home that feels like a day at the beach, consider coastal interior design. It’s no surprise that this modern, breezy style continues to grow in popularity; a coastal interior is cozy and casual, just as life at the beach should be. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy coastal decor if you’re landlocked.
If you’re thinking about going coastal with your interior design, read on for six great ideas that will help turn your home into a waterfront escape – even if you live in the city.
1. Get the Blues
You can’t have a coastal interior without a bit of blue. Coastal color palettes should create a calming atmosphere with plenty of bright whites, soothing grays, warm sandy tones and – of course – pops of blue. Whether you choose a soft pale blue, bright teal or rich navy, blue is a staple of a coastal interior.
But, you also don’t want to go overboard. For the perfect coastal color palette, try working with the 60-30-10 rule. To get that light and airy feeling, start with white walls (60%), add furnishings in a pale neutral like sand or light gray (30%), and finish off with blue accents (10%).
2. Coastal Does Not Mean Nautical
While a coastal color palette might be drawn from sand, surf, and seashells, you won’t often find these items in modern coastal decor. If you’re picturing anchors and life preservers, you’re confusing coastal and nautical interiors.
To get the right look, think beach house rather than boathouse. Skip the kitschy, nautical accessories and maintain an open and clutter-free space for a true beach house aesthetic.
3. Go Natural
Get that beach house feeling by filling your home with as many natural elements as possible. Coastal interiors bring the outdoors in with an abundance of wood furniture and natural materials – such as rattan, jute, and sisal. Look for natural fiber textiles like cotton, linen, and grasscloth when choosing fabrics for your coastal decor.
If your home is lacking wood accents, try adding features such as shiplap or wood ceiling beams to create a coastal atmosphere. And, don’t forget the greenery. Plants are a great way to create a connection with the outdoors. For maximum beach style, try large-leaf plants – such as a rubber tree, bird of paradise or palm plant.
4. Embrace a Good View (Or Fake One)
If you’re lucky enough to have a water view, take down your window coverings and you’re done! But, if you’re like the majority of city dwellers whose view features concrete instead of waves, you can always fake it with great artwork.
Hang a stunning piece of artwork that will make you feel like you’re gazing out over the water. Or, take it one step further and get a window picture frame and enlarge your favorite water view to fit. Hang some curtains beside it and no one will know it’s not a real window!
5. Get Your Stripes
Adding stripes to a room can instantly make it feel more beachy. If you’re looking to inject a quick hit of coastal style, add some striped pillows or a beach blanket throw. For a bit more effect, try a fabulous striped armchair or ottoman.
Low-pile area rugs are another beach house staple. Aim for some cushion underfoot, but also a carpet that won’t trap sand. If you prefer to keep your furnishings neutral, incorporate stripes with a great area rug. Be sure to include a stair runner, too; a striped stair runner has a vacation home vibe and will add an inviting pop of color.
6. Lighten Up
Nothing says “you’re at the beach” like bright, sunny rooms filled with natural light. So, swap out your heavy window treatments for pretty sheers that let in as much natural light as possible. If privacy is an issue, try installing shutters on the inside. They’ll give you a fresh coastal look and you can quickly shut them when you need to keep out prying eyes.
If you don’t have big windows and bright rooms, it’s time to bring in some mirrors. By placing mirrors across from windows, you’ll increase the amount of natural light in your home. They also offer the added bonus of making it appear as though there are more windows in the room.
Try these coastal decorating tips to bring this relaxed and cheery style to your home. It’ll feel like you’re on vacation every day!