It's difficult to achieve a beach look in your home without being too clichéd.
So here are a few decorating tips for achieving
a fresh, sea-inspired coastal feel to you home with going overboard!
Make it Personal
One of the most important aspects of a decorating a home is that the decor and style reflect your personality, your taste and your passions. Rooms should reflect your life and your personality - I always like to see something interesting or witty in a space that has a sense of humour and tells a story about the owner. I like this quirky collection off globes in this room that reflects the owner's love of travel!
A neutral color palette of white, beige, gray and cream creates a tranquil seaside look for your beach house or coastal retreat. Add a splash of colour like blue, seafoam or soft aqua to bring the outside in and make the most of your natural beachside surroundings. Use soothing colours that are reminiscent of the ocean, sky and sandy beach or use a vibrant shade of bright aqua for instant pop and holiday fun!
The last few layers of any space are the most aesthetically important as these are the details that truly personalise the room and bring out it's soul. For texture, warmth and a burst of colour, add decorative cushions, artwork, interesting art d'objets and natural looking rugs. It is often the details in a space that give the room interest and character and can take an ordinary room and make it extra special!
One of the keys elements to creating a chic coastal retreat is natural materials and textures. Bring the beauty of nature inside with rattan accents, bamboo furniture, cane baskets, jute, coir and seagrass matting. These natural elements are usually affordable and they also give a space a casual, relaxed feel. Natural colours and tonings also work back well with coloured accents. I am loving this quirky coral chandelier and the 'beachy' rattan bedhead.
I love large-scale accessories that make a statement. My husband is a mad keen surfer and has our beach shack decorated with 3 vintage surfboards ... there were 4 but fortunately he sold one many years ago to buy my engagement ring! They each have a history and they make for great conversation pieces. This fabulous upside down rowing boat is bound to be a big talking point!
Real Items Make Great Accents
Weathered oars, vintage fishing rods, old surfboards and abandoned life buoys all make for great decorator items in a relaxed beach house setting. If you can't find anything in the shed or under the house then scour around local markets, second-hand shops and garage sales for some interesting treasures to hang on the walls and ceilings or prop in the corner.
Be inspired by the sea for coastal inspired artwork. Hunt around local galleries for up-and-coming artists, cut up an old lighthouse calendar, paint your own beach scene or create a collage from shells, pebbles, seaglass or coral fan. Frame them in a simple beachy frame and you have yourself an original work of art!
Images via Coastal Style Pinterest