Ever notice how a space decorated with a coastal feel immediately relaxes you? Maybe it brings back restful and enjoyable vacation memories… or maybe you ARE on vacation, and the ocean is right outside your back door. 🙂
The coastal vibe is not only easy to achieve, it just speaks of put-your-feet-up relaxation. Here’s why…
1. A white and light neutral palette for starters. Not only does this make even the smallest space feel large, it also gives your eye places to rest as well. And if there’s a view? It can take center stage.
2. Comfortable furnishings. What guest wouldn’t love to plop down in a slipcovered chair or on a cushy sofa? The informality of “comfy” is what makes a space relaxing. But notice in this example (and those above) that the furnishings have not crossed over into the messy side of “comfy.” Well-fitting slipcovers are the key here.
3. Rustic elements and natural textures. Nothing says “coastal” like the great outdoors! Bringing rustic elements and interesting natural textures into the space is a great way to impart that feeling of fresh air and Mother Nature. Rattan accent furniture, baskets, driftwood pieces, and sea shells also keep the largely neutral palette intact.
4. Glass accents. Make sure your light and bright interior is reflected where ever possible. Using glass accents keeps the look clean and is an inexpensive way to accessorize.
5. Choose accent colors inspired by the coast. Last week I shared this color palette from a beach photo I took, using the Chip It Tool from Sherwin Williams.
This palette is not just for paint! If you have a white or light neutral color palette in your space, pull these colors for throw pillows, and accent chair or art work on the walls.
I love the crisp navy pattern on those chairs and the colorful prints on the white planked wall.
6. Have fun with beach-themed accessories. This is where you can play! Interesting accessories, like the oars on the wall above, encourage you to look and linger, to pore over and ponder.
You can even get crafty and make your own!
Holly at Bella Nest used an old collage frame, scrapbook paper backing, hot glue, shells, and a burlap ribbon. How easy peasy is that?
This year, I took the coastal theme to my mantel…
You’d be amazed how easy the coastal style can be incorporated into your decor. Now sit back and breathe in the salt air. 🙂
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