Love the cool colors, open air and relaxed setting of a day at the beach, but don’t live on the coast? Why not capture a bit of the laid-back coastal lifestyle for yourself all year long? The Coastal Chic look brings the best of the beauty and serenity of coastal living.
The Coastal Chic style is a sophisticated take on beach-inspired interiors. It’s soft and serene, evocative of the seaside but without beach house clichés or color schemes. The look is refined yet casual – a nod toward coastal living – incorporating fresh open spaces, materials found in nature, and the colors of the beach. Here’s how to bring it home.
Surf, Sand, and Shells
Cool coastal hues create a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Choose from a palette of soft blues, pale greens, and sandy neutrals – the colors of the beach. The Coastal Chic look also makes brilliant use of white – it’s fresh and clean and reflects light. Coastal interiors are bright and airy, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living, so be sure to let in plenty of sun.
Fabrics and Fibers
Simple, comfortable fabrics are the hallmarks of this style. Inviting upholstery such as cotton, linen, or denim will help you create a laid-back setting. Sofas with slipcovers look casual, crisp and clean – particularly in white. Capture a sense of space with flowing sheer curtains that catch the breeze and let in the sunshine. Furnishings crafted from organic materials accent the coastal theme by bringing the outdoors inside – try some grasscloth wallpaper, a flat weave sisal rug, or some jute or rope accents. Burlap or wicker lend a rustic touch.
Pieces of Nature
Pull the look together with materials found beachside. Driftwood accents and whitewashed wood have a just-washed-ashore weathered appeal. A piece of coral, smooth stones, or other found objects stacked in a clear glass cylinder add seaside glamour. Natural elements bring warmth and texture to your interior, but keep it simple – don’t “go overboard” with piles of shells on every surface. Use a palm branch or bamboo in a tall vase instead of a floral arrangement. Hang a mini-gallery of vintage prints depicting ocean life intertwined with mirrors or add a stylized mermaid or octopus to reflect the maritime theme.
Not just for the beach-house, not only for summer, the Coastal Chic look can help recreate a moment in time, capturing the essence of a peaceful day at the beach.
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