|Posted by Suzanne on April 19, 2012 at 8:45 AM|
As I get ready to leave on a beach vacation, I'm reminded of just how much I love coastal decor. The soothing tones, the nautical remiders, and the soft feel all calm my spirit. This got me pondering the idea of bringing the beach home. Even if you live in snow country, you can infuse coastal elements into your home to add calm. Here's how:
1. IN THE KITCHEN.
A light-blue shade on the cabinets and island complements the sea-inspired backsplash and softens stainless steel appliances and dark countertops and floors.
The tile is perfectly selected to contrast ever-so-slightly with the cabinets. A hint of iridescent shimmer sets off the blue cabinetry and sandy trim and ceiling. Ahhhhh... I can hear the ocean waves already!
2. IN THE BREAKFAST NOOK
With a similar texture to dunes and grasses, these chairs can’t help but evoke the beach. Combined with natural woven shades and some tonal variation with the sofa, this look is soft, natural and calming.
Pops of Color
The pair of turquoise tables ties this space to the nearby kitchen and pulls those soothing blues into this otherwise neutral space.
3. IN THE DEN
In a room without a view, think about using darker shades of coastal colors to bring in a serene, but not too bright, beach mood. Think greens, blues, browns and tans.
Bottles and balls in shades of blue and green look like they just washed up on the shore. As a side note, I believe colored glass can and should be used in nearly every decor, if only in a small way. The light dances through colored glass and creates a goregous sheen.
Modern ines and large-scale pattern make these armchairs the showpieces of the room. People often lean toward smaller patterns, for fear of overdoing it with a large-scale pattern. However, the larger scale becomes the focal point in this room. The room would be blah without the bold chair.
4. IN THE DINING ROOM
Linen covers on the armchairs add an earthy, organic tone to the beachy palette. Also, without the slipcovers, the room would be filled with hard surfaces. Adding fabric softens room, adds balance to all the hard wood furnishings, and will help to absorb the sound.
I'm all about repurposing. That's why I love garage sales. I can find great pieces that need a little TLC and transform them into something amazing. Enter: dining table. This dining table was once a Ping-Pong table, and is now a playful note in the buttoned-up space. If you look hard enough, you can still see the green paint from its previous life.
Large open windows draped in gauzy linen add a delicate touch to the room, along with beautiful filtered light. Notice how the drapes are hung higher than the window? If you get anything from this today, please get this: unless your room has 20' ceilings, always hang your drapes as high as possible instead of right above the window. Phew! I feel better now!
5. IN THE MASTER BEDROOM
Various tones of light and sandy colors, from the headboard to the drapes, keep the mood calm.
Beach houses don’t have to be kitschy or fussy! Add a contemporary print to reference the surroundings without being clichéd. No need to add anchors or ships to the room. Subtle with a twist is more effective.
Super-soft linen duvet covers like this one feel as inviting as they look. These linens are anything but fussy.
6. IN THE GUEST ROOM
A thick fabric in the same shade as the trim and ceiling draws the eye toward the stunning view. If you live in snow country, you won't have the ocean view, but the look would still work.
In a room with lots of fun pattern, a pop of solid color anchors the space.
One small-scale print, like these dancing ladies in sea blues, keeps the mood light and the look cohesive.
The rug picks up on other blues so that the patterns can coordinate, not clash.
With the right mix of tranquil colors, organic textures, and playful accents, you can infuse the beach into your home. Don't want a completely coastal abode? Throw in a few elements to conjure that airy feel.
Photos courtesy of Coastal Living Magazine.