Designing a Coastal Style Home

When you’re looking to transform a new home that you recently purchased or redesign an existing home, choosing a coastal theme is a popular choice. If you enjoy spending time near the water or prefer to live close to the beach you may prefer to design their house with a coastal style. But where do you start? Is it by choosing the perfect interior paint colour or deciding on what type of furniture to invest in? If you’re getting ready to transform your interior setting to a coastal dream, here are a few essential tips to follow.

Keep it Natural

A paint roller painting an orange wall purple

When creating a coastal style in your home, the style is natural compared to nautical, which means you’ll want to keep it natural. It should have a relaxed and laidback vibe that is tranquil and includes many different natural elements. Consider incorporating a variety of materials like weathered woods, fabrics, and wicker. The types of rugs that you use in each room should also be constructed from materials like jute, seagrass, or straw. Avoid purchasing anything that is bright or bold, which can appear overly flashy and won’t match the theme.

Wood can be used with the furniture that is placed throughout your home but should be a light colour shade or white-washed. The light colour tones will allow it to look similar to driftwood. You can also add in accents of natural green plants that are often found along the coast and will contribute to the natural theme.

If you have couches or sofas that don’t work within your colour scheme, consider using white slipcovers to ensure everything flows well. Adding slipcovers to upholstered furniture will prevent there from being too much rattan or wood furniture, which can be overly matching.

Limit Your Shells

Blue plastic on brown cardboard box

One of the most common ways that people decorate with a coastal theme is by making use of seashells. Shells have a natural and unique design and prove to be versatile. They can be placed on shelves, coffee tables, and even framed for wall art to execute your vision. Unfortunately, too many shells can overpower the space and will cause your theme to appear less naturally. Have fun with shells and be creative with how they’re used, but limit where their placement in each room.

It’s also important to limit your use of anchors, pictures of boats, and beach signs to prevent your home from looking too cliched.

Choose the Right Paint Colours

Person holding paint roller painting grey on a white wall

Many people don’t realize how much of an impact the colours in the room have on the space. Your colour scheme should be neutral to ensure each room looks light and airy. Using the colour white in your home is key to making your house have a coastal style and theme. It will make the interior setting look crisp and can look beautiful when paired with tans, pale blues, and pale green colours. Other colours that accent white includes grey and green. Consider hiring a professional painter to paint any rooms with colours that don’t work within your new colour scheme.

Use Recycled Glass

White window pane with two pot plants

Recycled glass has a beautiful design and can be used in a variety of ways when decorating your home. Consider placing a recycled glass vase on your coffee table or using them on a console in an entryway, which will make a statement. The recycled glass will work within your neutral colour scheme and can be used to display flowers or shells.

Recycled glass can also be incorporated into the kitchen with the serving bowls and plates that are used for dining. Choose pieces that don’t look overly manufactured to ensure you can stick with the natural coastal theme.

Make Use of Natural Light

a bedroom with natural light and a dog sitting on the bed

One of the secrets to transforming your house into a coastal-style home is by making use of natural light. An abundance of light is essential to make each room appear light and airy. Open up the blinds and install sheer white curtains to prevent any of the sunlight from becoming blocked. There shouldn’t be many boundaries from inside the building to the outdoors. Installing a skylight in dim areas of the house will also be effective in allowing more light into the space and making it well-lit each season. All window treatments should be minimal and thin with the type of material used.

If you plan on renovating the property, you can also install more windows, especially in the living room. Adding glass doors will also allow more light into the room and can contribute to the appeal of the space. The use of more windows will prevent the interior setting from feeling cramped.

There are a few main rules to follow when it comes to designing a coastal home to ensure it suits your style and reflects your personal interest. By following the right tips, you can make your home look like it was professionally designed coastal retreat.

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders is the content marketing manager at PaintMates. With extensive experience in the home and garden space. Karen researches and writes about home improvement.

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