How to create the coastal look at home

The coastal look can be tailored to be luxurious or relaxed and warm. Think of those beautiful Hamptons-style mansions that line the coast, or a humble surfer’s cottage.

Suitable for open spaces and bedrooms, the coastal style brightens rooms and reflects light, creating the illusion of a larger space.

1. Go for nautical neutrals

Nothing reminds us more of a summer’s day by the water than crisp whites and bright neutral tones.

Neutrals suit most spaces and can enhance the blank canvas of a white wall, but you should also try incorporating pastel blues and yellows.

The coastal look attracts and filters the light more than any other design style. Further, encourage sunshine with light drapery and bright colours.

Neutrals paired with pastel blue is a fresh approach to going coastal with your home decor. Picture: Designbx

2. Mix and match

Depending on what you like, the coastal look works well with a fusion of bold patterns and nautical colours like blues and greys. Try to include bold navy and white patterns in upholstery, art or flooring as a contrast to the neutral tones.

Most coastal styles are slightly eclectic, mixing bold furniture, art and decor pieces, which complement each other with a common coastal theme.

Sculptural art pieces, like oversized coral clusters, washed-wood sculptures and ornate shells, work perfectly in coastal spaces.

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3. Keep it organic

Natural fibres and decor are widely used in coastal design styles, so those who prefer using organic materials in your home – this one’s for you!

Rattan and hessian are ideal fabrics, while coral and driftwood make the connection between your interior and the coastal theme that inspired it.

Bringing in organic elements isn’t just restricted to Manchester and materials. It may be as simple as including an indoor plant.

Steer away from the traditional palm tree and try something different like banana palms, ruffled fan palms, rubber plants or the pinstripe calathea.

Kerena Berry’s very own coastal-look abode. Picture: Erinna Giblin

4. Layer different textures

Varying textures and tones create a beautiful dimension in coastal design. The natural texture of fibres such as braided jute pair perfectly with refined woven-linen upholstery, delicate fringing, or oversized knitted or bobbled cottons.

Mixing and matching texture in cushions, flooring, decor and wall prints creates a more natural feel to the home and allows every element to pop.

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The coastal look is about embracing nature, so go for natural fibres and textures like jute and linen. Picture: Designbx

5. Stay on theme

The coastal style is surprisingly versatile and easily tailored to your needs whether you’re trying to achieve a laidback or luxurious atmosphere.

Regardless of the level of sophistication, you’re trying to reach, staying on theme is the key.

Use these tips to make the vital connection to nature and you’ll be sure to capture the relaxed ambience of a windswept coastline.

A beach print will have you waking up to an ocean every day, no matter how far you live from the coast. Picture: OZ Design Furniture

Article repurposed from How to create the coastal look at home by Kerena Berry. Author at