Beach chic – tips for creating a coastal scheme in your home
Friday 27 June 2014, Written by Sarah Cole
An enduringly popular decorating scheme, coastal style works well because it is so emotive. Conjuring up images of turquoise water alongside bright white sand, it instantly transports us to a favourite beach or the far flung holiday of our dreams. If you want to capture this feeling, there are many ways to emulate the look in your own home.
A staple of this particular style is undoubtedly blue. From pale duck-egg blue to rich turquoise and aqueous cerulean, you can mix and match different tones as you please. Using different blue hues will ensure the look is harmonious, but will also give a nod to the changing colours of the sea. Shades of cream and white reflect natural white sandy beaches, and coordinates with the richness of blue perfectly. You could even opt for a soft yellow to add a suggestion of natural sunlight.
Certain materials also lend themselves to a coastal theme, such as natural or distressed wood and delicate, reflective shell. Use these materials sparingly, to add a sense of the beach without going overboard (pun intended). Tongue and groove panelling works well on walls, as do mosaic tiles in natural shell - their natural iridescence will also introduce depth. Wood looks fantastic, particularly in a white or light grey, but isn’t always practical as it can’t be used with underfloor heating. Try wood effect tiles for long lasting beauty, in a range of colours and realistic finishes.
What could be more reminiscent of a beautiful beach than softly shaped, rustic pebbles underfoot? Perfectly suited to a variety of settings, particularly bathroom, you can choose to have sheets of pebble mosaic tiles installed to really enhance that coastal feel.
Some images really evoke a sense of the beach, whether it’s a gently bobbing ship, a little fish or an anchor. These charming scenes are a trigger for things that we naturally associate with seaside locations, and add stunning detail to a scheme. Whether you opt for a framed print, ornament or drop in decorative tile, the effect will be striking.