Coastal chic

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Bring the bright, energising aura of the beach into your home

The great British weather doesn’t allow us many beach days a year, but there’s plenty of ways to introduce a bit of coastal charm into your home.

Coastal style is all about creating a relaxing, airy and fresh atmosphere indoors that reminds you of that perfect holiday when sun, sand and surf were only a stone’s throw away. But it’s not about stuffing your home full of every beach related motif that you can lay your hands on.

Instead get inspired by the colour palette of the beach and fill your home with bright and breezy shades and natural fabrics.

Bright white

Airy, refreshing and rejuvenating – white elements will illuminate your coastal look and provide the perfect foundation for ocean-influenced accents. Go for white walls, crisp white linens and glossy white furniture.

Hues of blues

The colour of water and the sky, blue is an obvious choice for beachy interiors. Don’t stick to just one shade, be inspired by turquoise oceans, the misty grey/blues of dawn and stormy navy, but don’t go overboard.

Balance the blues with wood and warmer shades like a deep coral.

Nautical nods

Rope light fixtures, driftwood accents, shells and sea glass can all look elegant  but make sure you exercise restraint or you’ll risk making the décor kitsch rather than chic. Add a few iron and steel items for an old sea captain maritime look and the warm undertones and glossy finish of brass components complement the blues and whites and add some extra texture.

Gorgeously glossy

High gloss reflective surfaces – whether that’s lacquered furniture, painted walls, or eye-catching accessories – add dimension to rooms and balance the more rustic elements by adding a contemporary component. And of course, the gorgeous shimmery surfaces will remind you of the sparkling ocean….

Raw beauty

Raw, unfinished wood elements inject an aged, storm-weathered appearance and add an organic component. Tables, chairs and wall and floor finishes are all an excellent way to add a casual yet chic element.

Raw, natural linens are great for upholstery and roman blinds, and seagrass and rattan accessories will all add to the charm.

Say it with stripes

Maybe it’s because they are reminiscent of traditional deckchairs, but nothing says ‘seaside’ quite like stripes.

Incorporate them in traditional ways like rugs, pillows and upholstery, or go a bit more daring with striped art, wallpaper or window treatments.

PIC: Shell cushion, £25; puffin cushion, £30; summer stripe throw, £85; Quarry Bank Mill woven summer bag, £25; stripy puffins mug, £8; all-over puffins mug, £8; puffin milk jug, £10 www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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