On my visit to many serene beaches in Miami, Hawaii, and Siesta, I was just obsessed with surf, sand, and sky. That’s how I take the plunge of renovating my home – in busy urban place – to reflect the breezy beach-like feel around my house.
So, if you’re like me you’d love to bring the look of natural seaside to your living room or all around your house. That’s what the coastal design is all about – bringing the color and texture of seaside elements around your home!
It is a décor scheme that involves the use of seaside aesthetics. It blends modern beachy-feel and natural seaside elements in your home with the help of color, texture, and interiors. You can use lighter tones with shades of blue, green, beige, and white. It evokes the more relaxed feel with blissful and breezy gateway.
What I love most about this style scheme is that you feel closer to nature or natural elements. Few months back, I visited one of my friends living in Orlando and was amazed the look of lighter woods and tropical inspired coastal design.
But that doesn’t mean you need to buy a lot around a beach to get some breezy interiors. Thanks to coastal design elements and decorating tips that let you transform your home without much hassle.
You don’t need to break the bank to bringing coastal design. It’s all about the use of right color. Here’re some of color families designers prefer:
Neutrals – includes beige, taupe, gray, and cream. They lack shades but have hues that appear upon reflection of light. Neutrals bring calmness and warmth to interiors. Their smoothness can translate steady, quiet, and smoothing atmosphere.
Bright and airy colors – Muted and light colors in paint or furniture not only make your room look brighter but also make it airy and open.
Blues and Greens
When you look at the beach you focus on colors like that of water, sand, clouds, and sea. So, the most obvious color choices will be around blues, greens, or navy. So, you got many options in colors and it’s best to avoid repeating the same colors on all walls of a room. Apply the same tip for choosing color of rugs, furniture, and paint.
You can’t use bold patterns like leopards and ikat but that doesn’t mean you need to look flat everywhere around the house. You can still be creative in using patterns and textures.
Glazing – Another great idea I love doing in my house is about using glazing to paint. It will create a warmer effect by reflecting natural light in the room. So, try to add glaze to paint on walls and achieve a subtle glow.
Use accent wall – You can achieve a bold statement around your room by wallpapering or painting an accent wall. But don’t try to overpower.
Don’t forget to use the fifth wall – Yes! The ceiling can complement the color or shade of your room. You can use combination of colors to blend that with walls. Like use a light gray color on ceiling with medium gray on walls.
Another critical element of coastal design is lighting. By using the right set of artificial lights around your room, you can easily achieve a coastal vibe. Things like overhead light, task light, and soft tabletop lights can add dimension to your space. But don’t overdo as light also casts shadows. Try to use layer lighting to achieve texture and make your space glow.
Some options for light fixtures are wooden bead, large rope chandeliers, pendant lights, track lights. Combine these simple nautical light fixtures with beach themed décor, wall art, and area rugs.
Want to feel like on vacations forever? Combine your home décor with woven wood jute rugs.
Coastal design features distressed and weathered mirror frames. You can make a nautical mirror as the focal point of a room. Some design ideas include use of rope, driftwood, sisal, and shell finish. So, try hanging one around your home to reflect and cast light in your room. It will create an illusion of brighter and open space.
When we talk about coastal design interiors, glass stands out in the spotlight. Nobody wants to go to a beautiful place and not enjoy the scenery all the time, right? Therefore, a tip is to include glass doors in the coastal project that can be opened, sliding or pivoted. You can also dress your windows with fabric or woven blinds. These layers and textures will give your space a more pro finished look.
Some clients consider their house as a social space to receive friends and have parties. A suggestion that can be raised by the architect is to divide the space of the beach house between social and private areas.
This division can be done through a corridor, for example. In this way, the resident does not lose his privacy and, at the same time, can create a space dedicated to the guests.
Consider using light-toned wooden floors. They’re trendy and can easily fit variety of décor styles – even coastal design. It can easily complement airy and breezy feel because of pale shade and refined texture.
As you’re not on the beach practically, you can even use solid hardwood without worrying for the maintenance. Other options for coastal design are luxury vinyl, laminate, and ceramic tiles.
Coastal design house elevation ideas
Here’re some unique and awe-inspiring ideas for your next coastal design home by Tajarat Properties:
The bottom line
If you’re dreaming a home having light and breezy aesthetics, coastal design and style is for you. It involves clean aesthetics and tones everywhere around. It is more of a minimalist style that features use of soft, subtle neutrals and natural materials like jute and rattan.
About Saad Iqbal
Saad Iqbal is a professional civil engineering and freelance write. He's passionate about structures, construction management, and home improvement topics. He's been working as a Senior Engineer in a consultant firm for over 8 years. Besides he loves writing informative and in-depth content focused on construction and home-related topics. You can catch him at his linkedin page or reach out via our contact us page.