Fact: You don't have to live by the beach to make this work!
Whether you need to create a relaxed, easy vibe or simply desire interior spaces that express a breezy, beach-like feel, then coastal styling may be right up your alley. Coastal style is all about that feeling of fun and peace that you get from being near the water!
Here are 6 elements of coastal styling to help you accomplish a rustic, elegant seaside aesthetic in your own home.
Go with soft neutrals, creamy tones, sea greens and blues. You can also pair warm neutral colours with coastal blues, or layering various shades of blue, from navy through to baby blue.
Grey tones of colour such as duck egg blue and mint green are typical to Hamptons Style. If you want the classic look, then go for cream with black accents or black with accents of bronze and white, paired with natural materials for warmth.
You need to incorporate large indoor plants (more greenery than flowers), and upholstered occasional chairs. A large sofa will anchor a room, and statement pieces of furniture are often sculptural and nautical inspired.
Make sure you have plenty of seating options such as ottomans, couches and single seat chairs. Banquette seating with upholstered seat cushions and back with additional scatter cushions also work well.
Complement with natural materials and fabrics for both furniture and homewares and focus on texture in the home itself. Look for pieces made from timber, leather, linen, cotton and wool.
Look for linens in whites and neutral tones, stripes, and layer natural textures. Classic chequered fabrics, and pink gingham or pinstripe designs used in a modern way are also a great option.
Use pendant lights in traditional shapes and ensure the space has multiple sources of light, with a mix of table and floor lamps. Wall lights and sconces are largely popular throughout this style as they softly light the interior; direct lighting can be harsh!
Natural light pouring in from French doors, classic multi-paned windows and skylights work well. You can also make the lighting dimmable for an intimate setting for the evening.
Team blue and white ceramics such as ginger jars with faux shells and corals for a beachy feel. Mirrors are also a feature of the style, but they must be ornate or crafted in a unique way.
You can also mix cushions with various patterns, strong lines pair well with, such as florals. Use a combination of wool and silk rugs and integrate detailed trims such as architraves, cornices and skirtings.
White timber finishes suit Hamptons styles well, but a mix of darker and lighter timber can ground the space. Herringbone patterned floor or wall tiles are another trend to try in Hamptons homes.
Layer the timber floor with a textured or a subtly-patterned floor rug but avoid timbers that have warm red or orange tones
Include furniture and decor in natural textures. You’ll also want to include organic materials like rattan, wicker, jute, linen and timber when it comes to furnishing your home.
Layering these natural textures will also help to create a sense of warmth and comfort, so don’t be afraid to mix and match these materials!
We hope you’ve found our guide to coastal interior style helpful and you’ve got a little inspo! Which was your fave decor, furniture or lighting piece? Let us know in the comment section below. Follow us on Instagram for more styling tips!