I have to be honest with you, Creatives; I have been into homes where I have seen things I cannot un-see. You know, sand in bottles, shells in jars, Gone Fishin’ signs; all of the things that people thought you needed to create a coastal vibe. Thankfully, design therapy has taught me that you don’t have to be so literal with your decor. If you’re looking to channel a coastal vibe, it’s simply a matter of using tone and texture – with a little accessorising – no sand in sight!
You’ll notice from the pictures in this post how pairing the right colours instantly stamps a space as coastal. A mood board will most certainly help you lay all the colours and ideas out, but for the most part, you just have to look into varying blue, green and white tones to create a sense of unity; the hues that most accurately represent the ones you see when you’re by the water.
It’s remarkably how many other colours you’ll see at the beach, too; browns, beiges, golds, silvers and greys. Use all of these colours in your accessories to ensure you aren’t just throwing random blues and greens together. Art is a great way to add interest too, and don’t be afraid to play with texture, because there’s a tonne of it at the beach so it just makes sense. Rope and wicker are fabulous materials to utilise in this scheme, in small doses. For me, coastal is all about the calm, so avoid bright art or obvious typography.
Another tip: bold patterns are a good idea to ensure things don’t get boring. Just look at the cushions in this post; the shell one in particular works marvellously because it’s the one literal statement piece (keep to a few of these and you’ll be ok!). The surrounding cushions use pattern so well, and the textured lamp adds interest but keeps it subtle.
I’d be interested to know if you’re into the seaside vibe. No doubt some of you love a more literal approach – and I would love to see some pics of this in play, because I am by no means close-minded when it comes to other ways to pull off a look.
Pictures in this post come courtesy of the geniuses at Bandhini Homeware Design Australia. Check out their website for more info.