An increasingly popular home interior design theme these days is the Coastal style. While the look and feel has naturally lent itself to certain geographic areas throughout time, the appeal is now widespread than ever, and it is being incorporated in homes, commercial spaces and retail locations just about everywhere you look.
And, why not? After all, who wouldn’t want to bring that coastal lifestyle into their space and create a private paradise that can be enjoyed all the time?
Perhaps you’ve been holed up for far too long, braving a brutal winter and spending your spring thawing out and longing for an escape. Even those breathing that mountain air can appreciate a smooth summer breeze.
If you feel your toes starting to wander and your internal compass steering you toward the surf, sand and sunshine, you have a couple options. You can either pack up your things, quit your job and head for the coast. Or, perhaps you could bring the coast to you by revisiting your home’s interior design and transforming your home into a beautiful beachside retreat.
Beach vibes certainly seem to be in full effect as summer rolls in, so this seems like the ideal time to take a look at some things you need to keep in mind as you go coastal!
Plan your trip
As is the case with any design or redesign project, the very first step in home interior design is to create a plan. To ensure the best and most efficient process — not to mention most economical — know what you want to do and how you want to do it.
That includes making notes about types of furniture, colors, textures, patterns, materials, décor, lighting, window treatments, and anything and everything else you can think of. It’s also a good idea to sketch out your vision to help you get a greater comfort and feel for what you’ll need to accomplish your goal. Don’t worry, nobody will judge your ability as an artist at the end of the project.
Professional home interior designers absolutely create sketches when designing a home or space. In fact, an entire software industry was created to make this incredibly important step as comprehensive and detailed as possible. Obviously a do-it-yourselfer should not expect to be held to the same standard, but the point is, making it possible to visualize your plan simplifies the process for all involved by taking the concepts from a vault in your mind that only you can truly “see,” and putting it on paper for others to understand.
This is not only makes it easier for vendors and others to help you find the products you’re looking for, but also enables others to provide more helpful and sound feedback with will undoubtedly prove invaluable during the design process.
A key component to your home interior design plan is color selection. Identifying which palettes you’d like to work with gives you something to build around and helps determine the look and feel of the room or space. It also helps you decide what accessories, furniture and other materials you will be able to incorporate.
Not surprisingly, for coastal-inspired designs, blues and soft greens are immensely popular. These help emote feelings of the beach and nautical environments. White is also frequently used in such spaces has they help establish a clean and airy presence. White can be included in a variety of ways, not just in trims and ceiling applications but also as the color for furniture pieces and even window treatments such as plantation shutters.
Secondary colors for coastal designs tend to draw from neutral palettes. There are plenty of options here but muted grays and tans are common in coastal home interior design. Again, these help convey a nautical feeling which is obviously an objective in this setting.
Natural finishes play extremely well in coastal home interior designs. Using woods — both light and dark depending on other colors and elements in the room or space — is very effective in a variety of ways. Wood furniture and accessories help serve as nice accents in coastal-design rooms, but they also have the ability to play a much larger role.
Wooden floors and ceilings are extremely popular in these designs and look incredible. They can certainly be expensive additions, but if you’re budget allows for it, they are absolutely worthy of consideration. In fact, wooden floors and/or ceilings can be such powerful pieces in these rooms and spaces that it could be worth putting at the top of your wish list and finding ways to reduce expenses on other parts of the design.
Certain stones and rocks can also make nice contributions to coastal designs. There are many design options within the coastal concept, ranging from rustic to contemporary to cottage to oceanfront luxury and everything in between.
Other finishes that work well within this home interior design space are whitewashed and distressed wood. Also, for more uses of natural elements, bamboo is a solid option as are palms and other plants typically found in seaside settings.
To truly pull off a coastal design, the room or space should have a great deal of natural light. This may not always be possible, but it definitely allows for a more genuine and authentic coastal feel.
Furniture fabric also helps achieve your goal. Linens and light materials are effective options. White furniture feels very beachy, but it can also get very dirty very quickly, so even though it’s nearly impossible not to love the aesthetic and appeal, be sure to consider your circumstances (kids, pets, etc.) and determine your comfort level before purchasing pieces like these and incorporating into your new home interior design haven.
Putting the finishing touches on your coastal home interior design should require some beach and boating elements, but there is a fine line between refined and tacky. The old adage “less is more” definitely applies here.
Shells, seaglass, coral, driftwood, sea glass, starfish…these are a few examples of items that can be incorporated into your home interior design in a subtle and conservative manner. Nautical paintings and other artwork also add an elegant flair that help solidify the theme.