July is the perfect time to explore the coastal design style- one of my favorites! Different images may come to mind when you think of coastal design. Over the years, our family has vacationed in many beach homes and condos and we have seen some unusual design choices. There was the house where every room was painted a different bright color (orange, red purple, green, and pink) complete with a neon light palm tree. Another place was a condo that hadn’t been touched since the 1970’s. Beads in the doorway separated the rooms and the walls were mirrored. They stopped short of a disco ball on the ceiling!
Modern coastal design focuses on the colors of the sea and sand. The base colors are shades of white and neutrals. Griege tones (a mix of gray and beige tones) provide a nice background. One popular coastal color palette includes warm whites with muted blues and greens. Another great palette incorporates navy blue, white, and gray for a refreshing look. There are many great fabrics that will work in coastal design. Subtle patterns such as the gray coral on the quilt pictured above create a beautiful starting point without being too bright or bold. The hand crafted weathered wood bed is the perfect focal point. Tobacco baskets on the main wall provide texture.
Coastal design can range from very casual to slightly more formal, but it will always be comfortable and low maintenance. Texture is important- think seagrass rugs, woven baskets, weathered wood, nubby cotton and linen. Whitewashed fixtures and accent pieces add to the coastal feel.
This concept board illustrates how to achieve a peaceful coastal design without going overboard on a “theme.” The artwork depicts palms and sea oats but other than those two items, the beach feel comes from the colors and textures of the furnishings. Mirrors are one way to expand the visual space of your room. Glass lamps and accessories will also reflect light and add interest to the design. Light fixtures featuring rustic metal, rope, beads and shells are great statement pieces. These chandeliers from Ballard Designs fit the bill perfectly.
It’s ninety degrees today at the beach but it feels great on the porch with the fans going full blast. The ice cream truck has gone by and many children (and grown ups!) are happily eating their popsicles. I hear laughter as people are jumping and playing in the waves. Wouldn’t you like to bring this fun vibe into your home this summer? I would love to help you design a new space or bring some coastal touches into your current decor.
Have a beautiful day,