5 tips for creating a coastal interior scheme

5 tips for creating a coastal interior scheme

Posted by Clare on Nov 07, 2019

There's something special about spending time near golden sands and beach landscapes, that makes us feel relaxed and refreshed.  You don’t have to live by the sea to enjoy the calming qualities of a coastal interior scheme. Read our blog for tips on how to experiment with bringing the colours, textures and patterns found in the coast’s natural landscapes into your interior, even if you live miles away from the nearest beach......

First, think about colour

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A good place to start is by thinking about the colours of the sky, sea and sand to form a coastal theme.  It’s impossible not to love blue – it’s fresh, versatile and mood-lifting and offers an easy way to create a coastal look. But don’t go overboard – work in warm neutral tones on upholstery, flooring and wood trims to take the chill off soft blue tones.

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Choose a whitewashed colour scheme for a room filled with space and light. White or neutral-toned wall creates a soothing beach vibe and coordinated with a sand and teal coloured carpet gives a stunning finish. Team this decor with white stripe linen furnishings and a wicker style coffee table.

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It may be bold but this deep blue sofa is timeless. The shade sits happily sits happily with other hues of the colour for a harmonious, layered look and is beautifully offset with pale tones and warm neutrals – especially this oatmeal sisal carpet and matching cushions.

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Beat grey-weather days with a mix of white and tropical-ocean colours for a living space that oozes modern Mediterranean villa elegance. Layer the white with lots of colour with blues of different depths, using a combination of plain, tie-dye, batik and ikat fabrics.

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Introduce patterns and texture into your scheme with stripes and checks and cheery seaside-print fabrics. Fill the empty space above your sofa with a gallery of coastal artwork, from scenic prints and ocean vistas to holiday postcards and nautical typography. Finish the scheme with some weather reclaimed wood  which is a wonderful material to add a feeling of relaxed coastal charm to a space.

A little tongue and groove

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So what if you are totally land-locked and thousands of miles from the coast? Tongue-and-groove panelling could instantly transport your bedroom to the Cornish coast, decoratively speaking!

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Feeling creative? Make your own and channel seaside chic to create a natural texture in your walls – leave as the tongue and groove natural, or give a lick of paint in blue, white or grey.

Choose contrasting furniture

Add some textured furniture

Painted furniture can really add a flash of brilliance into your coastal interior scheme. Our Signature range for example, creates a rustic New England-inspired look. The combination of soft painted grey with distressed natural wood accents leaves a breezy, airy feeling that transports you to an idyllic coastal town.

Add some contrasting wood furniture

The Coastal Chic range perfectly rounds off a seaside look as it pairs wonderfully with a pale colour scheme, adding that hit of colour you need in your room.  The reclaimed wood used in the collection sits alongside the natural textures found along the coast.  The coloured recycled feel of the wood shines through and the angled steel accents add a modern edge to each piece.

Embrace the natural feel

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Wood flooring is a perfect natural base for the coastal look so consider either sanding original wood floors or painting your floorboards white to reflect a light and airy vibe.  For the best of both worlds, select area rugs made of natural materials like jute, coir or sisal to add warmth and interest.

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There is an incredible natural light at coastal regions which also offer an abundance of rugged wind and soft breezes. Make the most of it by encouraging as much natural light by not have curtains or blinds, or choose fabrics and textures that will move with the breeze like light white sheers on the windows.

Finishing touches

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It's the final finishing touches that make a space and will fill the room with natural style.  Remember to concentrate on creating a ‘feeling’ with colour and material choices, rather than collecting endless amounts of cheap decor that scream beach!  Incorporate a bookcase or shelving unit into your room so you can create a display your coastal finds, from storm lanterns to pebbles, shells and driftwood.

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Here, a simple dresser has an arrangement of natural accessories in loose groups and clusters to create an informal look.

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Here a pop of colour from a vase sits alongside a storm lantern and a range of knots that pay tribute to the rolling waves of the sea.

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Or opt for subtle nods to the coastal style like a contemporary coastal landscape print, woven baskets, beautiful ceramics in ocean inspired hues.

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Finally, no interior is complete without greenery so use plant life to give your place that beachside retreat vibe.

Which ideas will you use to create a coastal interior scheme?  We’d love to know, so comment below.