Coastal Design has always been a popular decorating style. And being mindful as we take our design cues from the Coast there are four elements that weave their way into the decorating plan; Color, Texture, Simplicity, Authenticity.
4 Elements of a Coastal Design
Beginning with a color palette that captures the sea, the shore & the sky. Which incorporates multiple shades of blue, green, gray & white. And then there is the mystery of the sea delivering a multitude of brilliant colors such as red, coral, yellow, white and gray. Then nestling on the sandy beach it’s full of light neutral tones found in the sand, gray stones & white seashells with hints of pale pink, peach, gray and lavender. Along with green seaweed, beach grass and random flowers together creating layers of texture. And looking up at the sky it’s beautiful blue backdrop is alive with artful white clouds and bright warm sunlight. And we can’t forget about the seaside village too, that provide weathered woods and lush flowers.
Finally, be inspired by nature! And nature at the beach translates into textural elements for the home. Because we can’t escape texture, it’s all around us. From the moment you step out of the car heading towards the beach texture is everywhere. From grainy or smooth sand, ocean water, rocks, seashells, driftwood, seaweed, beach grass, warmth, wind and crashing waves.
Things at the beach are simple. Or at least we try to keep it that way. Uncomplicated, uncluttered, it’s a “just what you need” attitude. So think about that in your home, how can you edit your room to keep things simple? And be able to see the beauty all around you.
As with any decorating style, authenticity is the key. A Coastal Design embraces the unique beauty embedded in imperfection. Just think of an old fishing boat, a dock, or a rowboat. It’s the worn but well-loved items that bring soul to your space. Just like those seashells you carefully collected that now tell a story.
4 interiors with a Coastal Design intention…
And why a coastal design intention? Well, I always prefer a nod to the design intention rather than a full out “theme” decorating plan. So with a Coastal Design plan, the intent is to incorporate color, texture, simplicity & authenticity into the design of the room.
Coastal Design: Color, Texture, Simplicity & Authenticity
First up, a Master Bedroom. “color, just add gray”
You can’t miss with a blue and white color palette to bring that coastal feel into your home. The bedroom below adds gray which is a subtle beautiful addition to a classic blue & white color combination. Then natural elements such as the rattan headboard, basket, and mirror add texture and warmth. And soft simple roman shades along with crisp white & gray bedding add to the overall coastal feel.
Second, a Kitchen breakfast nook. “be authentic”
Plank walls painted white are the perfect backdrop for a seaside palette. Add a collection of pillows, pottery, baskets, and art. Then complete the look with a driftwood table base, rattan chairs, and area rug.
Third, a Dining Room. “be inspired by nature”
Shiplap walls painted white add a relaxed textural design element to a dedicated dining room space. Coupled with varying shades of blue inspired by a lush summer hydrangea garden. And an area rug that came from the sea. Plus the addition of a gray natural material table top, rattan chairs, and crisp white slip-covered parsons chairs. This dining room has a welcoming beachy vibe that just makes you relax!
Fourth, a Living Room. “keep things simple, uncluttered”
Gathering spaces like this living room become the hub of the home especially when a tv is involved. So this multipurpose room has a lot of functionality going on. And with all the attention given to the floor plan first, the room still has an undeniable coastal vibe. To visually make a room seem larger and create a soothing backdrop begin with a soft white paint color paired with off-white upholstered furnishings. Keep accessories simple and well placed like adding splashes of turquoise, green plants, a sisal area rug and fresh lilacs to fill your senses!
Thanks for stopping by today, we hope you’ve left inspired ~ Nancy
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