3 ways to bring the beach look to your home
When the sun’s shining, there’s nowhere us Brits would rather be than at the seaside, with the sand crunching under our toes, the waves lapping gently at our feet and a 99 dripping down our arms! But unless you’re one of the lucky ones with a house right on the cliffs, making a break for the beach isn’t always the easiest of options, so we’re here to help you bring a little bit of coastal style to your home, no matter whether you’re in Dorset or Derby.
3 ways to be nautical… and nice
The cool coastal vibe for our homes is hot right now… it’s a look that’s easy to achieve and even easier to live with. Think laid-back, unfussy and relatively informal, sort of shabby chic but light on the shabby, and you’ll be sniffing the salty air in no time.
1 Choose your palette
To keep your coastal-living look fresh and modern, base your scheme around the traditional seaside shades of whites and blues, but also bring in greys, creams and neutrals such as beige and taupe. The beauty of these colours is that not only do they harmonise wonderfully (like a sea shanty sung by the Fisherman’s Friends), they’re also more reflective of the beach in all seasons, not just summer, which means you’re creating a room that will look stunning year round. Check out this beauty we found at houseofturquoise.com, puppy on sofa optional!2 Add a statement sofa (or two)
When it comes to choosing your coastal-style centerpiece sofa, bold shades such as navy or white lend themselves to a crisper, more elegant style room, while muted, washed-out shades, such as denim or grey, work best in a relaxed beach house-style living space.
- Beachy-keen If the beach-house look is the one that floats your fishing boat, try Coast in Denim Combination from the über-cool French Connection range at DFS, or Rupert in Ash Combination, a fabulous corner chaise made for snuggling on after a hard day’s rock-pooling.
- Relaxed elegance If full-on beachcomber isn’t for you, then a more traditionally styled sofa in a coastal-inspired fabric is the way to go. We particularly love the Gower Stripe in Charcoal – beachy-cream with a sharp grey-blue stripe – while the Chesterfield style of the Loch Leven in Blue combines luxury with sumptuous comfort.
3 Accessorise, accessorise
A quick and easy way to inject a bit of the beach into your home is with accessories – but avoid the clichés of boats and anchors, you’re not Popeye! Instead go for striped or checked cushions in coastal colours, or this Splash rug from Dwell with its seaside colours of blues and greys.
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